Leave it to Ryan Murphy to never let a moment to break some news go to waste, announcing at PaleyFest's Pose panel that Bette Midler (Hocus Pocus) and Judith Light (Queen America) are joining the campaign trail for Netflix political comedy The Politician, premiering on the streaming service September 27.
The American Horror Story co-creator write, showruns, and executive produces the one-hour social commentary comedy, with Midler and Light joining a cast that includes Ben Platt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange, Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton, Bob Balaban, David Corenswet, Julia Schlaepfer, Laura Dreyfuss, Theo Germaine, Rahne Jones, and Benjamin Barrett. Murphy also announced that Pose writer / director Janet Mock will helm an episode Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan are also on board to write and serve as executive producers.
The Politician stars Ben Platt as Payton Hobart, a wealthy student from Santa Barbara, CA, who has known since age 7 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. 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.
Here's a look at Murphy's announcement and release of the series poster via Instagram:
Murphy's The Politician first received a go-ahead from the streaming service in February 2018, part of Murphy's overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV. This series is the first of three projects viewers can expect from Murphy via Netflix: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest prequel series Ratched with Sarah Paulson; and Hollywood, which Murphy calls his "love letter to the Golden Age of Tinseltown." Though he has an exclusive creative contract with the streaming service, Murphy will remain actively involved in his current projects (American Horror Story, American Crime Story, 9-1-1, Pose, etc.).