The Politician (TV series)

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The Politician
Created by
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)
  • Ryan Murphy
  • Brad Falchuk
  • Ian Brennan
  • Ben Platt
Camera setupSingle-camera
Production company(s)
Original networkNetflix

The Politician is an upcoming American comedy web television series created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan that is set to premiere on Netflix on September 27, 2019.[1]


The Politician is set to revolve around "the politician aspirations of Platt’s Payton Hobart, a wealthy Santa Barbarian, and every season will revolve around a different political race his character is involved in."[2]

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On February 5, 2018, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a two season straight-to-series order. The order came after a bidding war involving Hulu and Amazon. The series was created by Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan and Ryan Murphy, all of whom will executive produce alongside Ben Platt. Production companies involved with the show are to include Fox 21 Television Studios and Ryan Murphy Productions.[2][5][6][7][8][9]


Alongside the initial series announcement, it was confirmed that Ben Platt would star in the series and that Barbra Streisand and Gwyneth Paltrow were in talks to join as series regulars.[2] On July 16, 2018, it was announced that Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton, Laura Dreyfuss and Rahne Jones had been cast in main roles.[10] On October 11, 2018, it was reported that Dylan McDermott had joined the cast.[11] On November 4, 2018, Streisand revealed in an interview with The New Yorker that she had chosen to turn down the series in order to work on her album Walls, and that Jessica Lange had been cast in the role she had been eyed for instead.[12] On December 3, 2018, McDermott announced in an interview with Sirius XM that January Jones had been cast to portray his wife in the series.[4] In March 2019, it was announced Bette Midler and Judith Light would guest star in the series.[13]


  1. ^ See What's Next [@seewhatsnext] (March 22, 2019). "Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange, Zooey Deutch, Lucy Boynton, and @BenSPLATT as #ThePolitician — the first Netflix series from Ryan Murphy premiers September 27!" (Tweet). Retrieved August 20, 2019 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (February 5, 2018). "Netflix Nabs Ryan Murphy Series 'The Politician'; Ben Platt Set, Barbra Streisand & Gwyneth Paltrow In Talks To Star". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Ramos, Dino-Ray (March 23, 2019). "Judith Light And Bette Midler Join Ryan Murphy's 'The Politician'; Janet Mock To Direct Episode Of Netflix Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Petski, Denise (December 4, 2018). "Dylan McDermott Confirms Casting In Ryan Murphy's 'The Politician' Netflix Series, Says January Jones Will Play His Wife". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  5. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (February 5, 2018). "Ben Platt, Barbra Streisand, Gwyneth Paltrow to Star in Ryan Murphy Netflix Series 'The Politician'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  6. ^ "Ben Platt to Star in Netflix Series 'The Politician' From Ryan Murphy". Variety. February 5, 2018. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  7. ^ McPhee, Ryan (February 5, 2018). "Ben Platt to Star in Ryan Murphy's The Politician for Netflix | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  8. ^ Stack, Tim (February 5, 2018). "Ben Platt, Barbra Streisand, Gwyneth Paltrow to star in Ryan Murphy Netflix series 'The Politician'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  9. ^ Ausiello, Michael (February 5, 2018). "Ben Platt-Led Comedy The Politician From Ryan Murphy Lands at Netflix". TVLine. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  10. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (July 16, 2018). "Ryan Murphy's 'The Politician' Enlists Zoey Deutch and Laura Dreyfuss". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  11. ^ Nakamura, Reid; Maas, Jennifer (October 11, 2018). "Dylan McDermott Joins Ryan Murphy's 'The Politician' at Netflix". TheWrap. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  12. ^ Syme, Rachel (November 4, 2018). "Barbra Streisand Can Hear Herself Again". The New Yorker. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  13. ^ Bentley, Jean (March 23, 2019). "Ryan Murphy's 'The Politician' Enlists Bette Midler". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 24, 2019.

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