Ryan Murphy's Netflix series The Politician is getting ready to hit the campaign trail starting this Friday, June 19, and now viewers are getting a look at the next rung on Payton Hobart's (Ben Platt) political ladder towards the U.S. presidency with the returning series' official trailer. As we saw in last season's time jump, NYU student Payton is looking to take on longtime incumbent Dede Standish (Judith Light) for her seat in the New York State Senate. Except he won't have to go it alone: his "dream team" of James (Theo Germaine), McAfee (Laura Dreyfuss), Skye (Rahne Jones), Alice (Julia Schlaepfer), and Astrid (Lucy Boynton) are back by his side. He also has his hands on some very interesting information on Standish that will force him to decide the kind of politician he wants to be. But as you're about to see, forces are conspiring all around to both help and hinder Payton's power play:
Bette Midler (Hadassah Gold), Gwyneth Paltrow (Georgina Hobart), Zoey Deutch (Infinity), Bob Balaban (Keaton Hobart), David Corenswet (River Barkley), Jessica Lange (Dusty Jackson), and Benjamin Barrett (Ricardo) also star. The series is produced by Fox 21 TV Studios in conjunction with 20th Century Fox TV. Murphy executive-produces alongside writers Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan.
In the second season of Netflix's The Politician, Payton (Ben Platt) looks to unseat Dede Standish (Judith Light) in the New York State Senate race. As a long-time incumbent and greatly admired Senate Majority Leader with no-nonsense Chief of Staff, Hadassah Gold (Bette Midler) at her side, Dede's re-election was supposed to be easy, but Payton — who sees this as the next step on his path to the presidency — must decide what kind of politician he ultimately wants to be in order to succeed, even if that means exposing secrets, lies, and a "throuple."