Coming at a time when the world needs a smart, sharp political satire, Ryan Murphy and actor Ben Platt are hoping viewers comes out to vote with their eyeballs when political comedy The Politician premieres on Netflix on September 27. Now, the streaming service is offering us a look at those who will either help – or hinder – our “hero”(???) Payton Hobart’s (Platt) political future.
With it being Emmys night and all, the fine folks at Netflix’s The Politician are reminding viewers they have some heavy-hitters of their own “For Your Consideration” next year with a video that offers our first looks at Bette Midler, Judith Light, and Dylan McDermott:
Here’s a look at the first official trailer for the buzz-building series, which focuses on the beginnings of Payton’s path to the presidency… even if that means doing what he has to do to navigate the deadly social and political waters of… high school!
Payton Hobart (Ben Platt), a wealthy student from Santa Barbara, California, has known since age seven that he’s going to be President of the United States. But first he’ll have to navigate the most treacherous political landscape of all: Saint Sebastian High School.
To get elected Student Body President, secure a spot at Harvard, and stay on his singular path to success, Payton will have to outsmart his ruthless classmates without sacrificing his own morality and carefully crafted image. Full of dark comedy and sly satire, Ryan Murphy’s The Politician offers a rare glimpse into just what it takes to make a politician.
The American Horror Story co-creator writes, showruns, and executive produces the one-hour social commentary comedy, with a cast that includes Ben Platt (Payton Hobart), Gwyneth Paltrow (Georgina Hobart), Jessica Lange (Dusty Jackson), Zoey Deutch (Infinity Jackson), Lucy Boynton (Astrid), Bob Balaban, David Corenswet (River), Julia Schlaepfer (Alice), Laura Dreyfuss, Theo Germaine, Rahne Jones (Skye), Benjamin Barrett, Trevor Eason (Martin), and Trey Eason (Luther). The series also guest stars Bette Midler, Judith Light, Dylan McDermott, and January Jones.
Murphy also announced that Pose writer/director Janet Mock will helm an episode. Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan are also on board to write and serve as executive producers.
To get viewers ready, the streaming service has released a number of preview images (placed throughout the article); while series stars Platt, Lange, Deutch, and Boynton were given 30 seconds by EW to explain the series: