Trailer Watch: Ryan Murphy Goes Nuts for Netflix with “The Politician”

Posted on August 19, 2019

This seems to be the morning for timely, dark trailers for streaming television shows. Ryan Murphy’s first jawn for Netflix is about to drop and we got a good look at it today with the release of its first trailer:




Our first reaction: So, like… Election, but way more Ryan Murphy? Also: gayer, but that means the same thing. It seems impossible for this to be bad, given a cast like this one, but we sure do see a lot of the patented Murphy excess:


Miss Press Release would like to speak:

Payton Hobart (Ben Platt), a wealthy student from Santa Barbara, California, has known since age seven that he’s going to be the 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 Politician stars Ben Platt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange, Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton, Julia Schlaepfer, Laura Dreyfuss, Rahne Jones, Theo Germaine, David Corenswet, Bob Balaban and Benjamin Barrett.


As we said, this looks like a LOT. And when Ryan Murphy gets to play with his dream cast and is written a blank check to do whatever he wants, the results tend to be HIGHLY watchable and more than a little frustrating. In other words, this looks like binge Nirvana. Television designed to be addictive. OF COURSE we’re watching it. We’ll probably bitch the whole time, too.

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