Dust off your Payton Hobart 2020 pins because The Politician is hitting the campaign trail—sooner than you think.
In a new interview with Collider, prolific producer Ryan Murphy shared some info about the second season of his Netflix series, and he revealed that it should be hitting Netflix in mid-June.
“We were lucky enough that we finished filming and editing right before the coronavirus thing happened. We have seven. We finished all of our episodes,” explained Murphy. “We have a great second season and I think we’re trying to figure out how do we mix them now in the social distancing age. It’s going to come out in the middle of June still, season two. I’m really proud of it.”
Murphy confirms that the new season of The Politician will focus on Payton, Ben Platt’s character, going up against the political team of Bette Midler and Judith Light’s characters:
I love how Payton has grown up. He’s now in college, and the best thing about the season is the Ben Platt versus Bette Midler and Judith Light aspect. It feels very adult, it feels very topical. It’s sort of a story about baby boomers asking themselves, “Is it time for us to pass the power that we have onto the next generation or are they too dumb to figure it out yet?” And I think you can see that battle playing out daily in our political landscape. And it’s what it’s about, and it’s a very cutthroat race that they run. It feels much more adult, much more sexualized. It’s really great. And Ben, but particularly Judith and Bette Midler really, I think, their performances are extraordinary.
As if Murphy weren’t busy enough with his new Netflix series Hollywood, not to mention planning upcoming seasons of other projects like American Horror Story, he says he intends to do one more season of The Politician, for a total of three seasons:
I would love to do is take a couple of years off and have Ben Platt get a little bit older for his final race. That would obviously be a presidential race, right? That’s always what we had designed, and I think that’s what our plan is. I’m going to wait. Ben is young, so I want to wait a couple of years to figure out how we age him up a little bit. But that’s always been my plan.
President Payton? He has our vote.