The Politician is the new queer obsessions we’ve been waiting for
The hits seem to keep coming for queer creative genius Ryan Murphy – the buzz is building for his new series, The Politician.
In The Politician, Payton Hobart – a student from Santa Barbara – 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.
The satirical comedy stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Platt, and Lucy Boynton. We’ve also been promised a cameo by Bette Midler. The team behind the camera is just as impressive. As well as series creator and director Ryan Murphy, executive producer is Brad Falchuk, and Janet Mock and Helen Hunt are credited as directing episodes in this first season.
We don’t have a lot of details about how the series will unfold, but it’s understood that we’ll be following the various political contests that Payton is undertaking in his ongoing quest to make it to The White House.
The Politician will be released on Netflix UK on 27 September.
Who is Ryan Murphy?
As a screenwriter, director, and producer, Ryan Murphy’s career has straddled both television and film, delivering queer-focused content that seems to really connect with audiences.
Born in 1965, Murphy was raised in Indianapolis.
Murphy attended Indiana University Bloomington, where he majored in journalism.
Murphy started as a journalist working for The Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, Knoxville News Sentinel, and Entertainment Weekly. He began writing scripts in the late 1990s – Steven Spielberg purchased his script Why Can’t I Be Audrey Hepburn?
Since then, Murphy has had an impressive strike rate of successful film and television projects. In 2018, he signed a major production deal with Netflix.
Murphy has been married to photographer David Miller since 2012. The couple have two sons.