‘The Politician’ Season 2 Trailer: Ben Platt Battles Bette Midler and Judith Light
By Jude Dry
June 15, 2020
When Ben Platt took to the podium as Payton Hobart in Ryan Murphy’s “The Politician” last fall, it was clear high school politics — at least on television — were never going to be the same. Campy, soapy, and dripping with ridiculously entertaining snobbery, “The Politician” was Murphy’s first Netflix show after making the move from his longtime home on FX, and the reigning queen of LGBTQ TV unfurled his new banner with a mighty Murphy flourish. Never one to pull his punches, Murphy threw viewers for a loop at the end of the eight-episode first season, when it was revealed that Season 2 would jump ahead three years, putting Payton in his third year of Columbia and preparing a run for State Senate.
But here’s the real kicker — his opponent, Dede Standish, would be played by Judith Light, and her campaign manager by Bette Midler. Say what you want about Ryan Murphy, he knows what the gays want. And from the looks of this new Season 2 trailer, he delivers.
Here’s the official Season 2 synopsis: “Payton Hobart (Ben Platt) fights 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. Meanwhile, his mother, Georgina Hobart (Gwyneth Paltrow), makes a momentous decision that threatens to upstage him and everything he’s hoping to accomplish. But if Payton wants to rise above petty politics and succeed without compromising his character, he must find his voice and strengthen his political message to inspire and excite the voters.”
“The Politician” was created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan. Along with the three creators, Paltrow, Platt, and Alexis Martin Woodall serve as executive producers. The series also stars Zoey Deutsch, Lucy Boynton, Laura Dreyfuss, Theo Germaine, David Corenswet, and Ryan Haddad. Jackie Hoffman joins for Season 2.
“The Politician” holds two Golden Globe nominations, for Best Musical or Comedy Series and for Platt’s lead performance. The show also holds a win from the GALECA Dorian Awards for Campy TV Show of the Year. Its Golden Globe and Emmy efforts continue as the second season gears up.
In an interview with Variety, Platt discusses the work put in for season one that allows a burst of fun in the show’s second season:
“I think that allows for a bit of a sharper, focused humor and a little more of a raunchiness that’s fun, and it’s all a little bit more streamlined. I think we have so much to set up in the first season, so much world to create and backstory to tell, and now we get to really focus on the specifics of this election. And it’s in New York, which we love.”Ben Platt