Last year, Ryan Murphy signed a $300 million deal with Netflix to make TV shows, and anyone who knows Ryan Murphy probably predicted that at least one of those shows would combine elements of drama, high school, murder, bitchery, an evil demon, Jessica Lange, intense Darren Criss energy, and wigs. By the looks of the first trailer for The Politician, Ryan has reserved the evil demon theme for his Ratched show, but everything else got thrown into Ryan’s Instant Success Pot.
The Politician, which is out on September 27th, is set to be an anthology series, with each season focusing on a different political race involving Payton Hobart. Ben Platt – who is 25 – Payton Hobart from Santa Barbara, who is running for student body president of his fancy high school. I don’t know how old Ben’s character is supposed to be, but I hope at least one person addresses how old he is by asking, “You’re running for what, head of the English department?”
Gwyneth Paltrow plays his mom, Zoey Deutch plays Infinity Jackson, the cancer-stricken student he shamelessly chooses as his running mate. They run against the equally-ambitious Astrid (Lucy Boynton – who probably just got a bitchy email from Emma Roberts), who plots to murder Payton, who is also possibly plotting to take out Astrid.
So we can check off the boxes for high school, Darren Criss energy, murder, drama, and bitchery, but most importantly, the ones for both Jessica Lange and wigs happen in the same scenes.
Jessica plays Rose. Rose?! That is so not a Rose. That’s a Dusty or a Taffy or a Candy Saint Jackson. It’s not known for sure Rose’s relationship to Infinity, but there’s a very strong Dee Dee/Gypsy Rose vibe going on here. Honestly, that’s the show I want to watch. Payton Hobart says he wants to be President one day – big deal! Lots of people want to be president. The real drama is located in Rose’s story, which I assume involves a collection of Pomeranians, a love of hot rollers, and a major home shopping addiction.