According to Deadline, Ryan Murphy has just sold yet another TV project, with Netflix picking up his hourlong comedy series The Politician and granting it a two-season straight-to-series order. This apparently came after a “weeklong bidding war among top streaming players” that Netflix won with a healthy amount of cash, and that streamer interest most likely has something to do with the fact that The Politician is set to star Ben Platt, Barbra Streisand, and Gwyneth Paltrow—all of whom are award-winning performers. Streisand and Paltrow are technically still in negotiations, but Netflix surely won’t let this happen without them.
As for what the show actually is, Deadline says it’s about the political aspirations of Platt’s character, with each season focusing on his involvement in a different political campaign. We don’t know what Streisand and Paltrow’s roles might be, as the rest of the plot and character details are being “kept under wraps,” but there will apparently be some sort of musical angle on top of the political stuff (obviously, given the cast).
In addition to Murphy, The Politician comes from his longtime collaborators Ian Brennan and Brad Falchuk.