In the world of Ryan Murphy, high school has always been high stakes. The first trailer for the Glee creator’s upcoming project ‘The Politician’ is here, and it would seem to be the love child of ‘Election’ and ‘Booksmart’.
The show follows the ambitious Payton Hobart, masquerading as Tracy Flick reincarnated. He has got his singularly focused sights set on Harvard and, eventually, the title of President of the United States (POTUS). But first he has to secure the position of student body president at the cutthroat Saint Sebastian High School. Murphy mainstays on the campaign trail include Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Lange, while newcomers Zoey Deutch and Lucy Boynton threaten political suicide.
“You don’t have to be a good person as long as you do good things,” a potentially dangerous love interest tells Payton. However, a first look at ‘The Politician’ does not showcase a lot of traditionally “good” people or ethical deeds. For instance, when a character asks Lange if she thinks he should kill someone, she replies, “Yes, yes I do.” Murphy is offering a world in which politics gets petty. Full of voter fraud, blackmail, and behind the-scenes lobbying, this comedy is less parody than it is precise accuracy.
Landing on Netflix on September 27th, it is the first major project to spring from Murphy’s lucrative deal with the streaming company. It was previously announced as an anthology series, suggesting a new politically driven plot each season. Political scandals are sort of Murphy’s thing of late. His other recently announced project? An ‘American Crime Story’ instalment centred on the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal.