Ryan Murphy's "The Politician" premieres Sept. 27th on Netflix.
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'The Politician,' also starring Ben Platt, Zoey Deutch and Jessica Lange, eviscerates the absurd lengths the .001 percent will go to stay on top — and the writers even predicted the college cheating scandal: "It is about the ugliest thing someone of means can do."
There's a lot of good stuff in here, from Ryan giving his cast points on the backend to his relationship with Netflix execs. But, the best part has to be the bits about the ambition of the man:Unlike his Crime Story anthology, based on real-life events, The Politician isn't designed to be so literal. The plan is for each of the seasons, initially envisioned as five, to follow Platt's fictional character, Payton Hobart, as he runs in a different election, from student government to the presidency.
He pitched 7 ideas to Netflix after his deal was signed and his intention is to make all of them. Godspeed, Ryan.Back in the trailer, Murphy's phone buzzes, reminding him he's nearly late to a script meeting for one of his dozen projects. Ratched, Boys, Hollywood and The Prom (which stars Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman) are all in various stages of pre- to postproduction, and The Politician's second season starts up in October. He's also got three documentary projects, plus three other series in development at the streamer — to say nothing of his five 20th shows, most of which have second windows on Netflix. (There's even talk of a "Ryan Murphy" button or row on the platform, though the details have yet to be fleshed out.) What is clear is that for someone who works 18-hour days, relying on the occasional IV vitamin drip to stay healthy, the irony of Murphy's efforts to create more manageable workdays for cast and crew is apparent. "I will always be this person," he says. "I want to be Norman Lear. I want to work when I'm 96 years old."