'The Politician' Season 2 Is Coming This Summer

Erica Gonzales
Photo credit: Nicole Rivelli/Netflix
Photo credit: Nicole Rivelli/Netflix

From Harper's BAZAAR

After releasing the glitzy revisionist history series Hollywood on Netflix, producer Ryan Murphy has another project lined up for the streamer: Season 2 of The Politician. The series, which first premiered in September 2019, focuses on a ridiculously ambitious and cutthroat school election race centered on Payton Hobart (Ben Platt), a go-getter with singular political aspirations. In the next installment, he moves on from high school to the Senate. Here's everything else we know about the series so far.

It releases June 19.

The Politician Season 2 arrives to Netflix on Friday, June 19, at 3 a.m. ET. The new episodes are landing sooner than expected, launching months earlier than the first season did last year. If you don't already have a friend's password, sign up for a Netflix account here. (Plans start at $9 a month.)

It will have seven episodes.

That's one less than the original season had.

Payton seeks to unseat a New York senator.

Payton, now in college, takes on what he thinks is his next step toward fulfilling his ultimate goal of becoming president. Netflix's summary teases a juicy season ahead.

"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 cast is stacked.

Joining Ben Platt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Zoey Deutch, Judith Light, and Bette Midler in Season 2 are Lucy Boynton, Julia Schlaepfer, Laura Dreyfuss, Theo Germaine, and Rahne Jones. Also in the mix are David Corenswet, Ryan Haddad, Sam Jaeger, Teddy Sears, Joe Morton, Benjamin Barrett, Jackie Hoffman, Trey Eason, and Trevor Mahlon Eason.

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan created and wrote the series.

It was filmed before the coronavirus put the world on pause.

Murphy told Collider in late April 2020, "Season 2, we were lucky enough that we finished filming and editing right before the coronavirus thing happened. We have seven. We finished all of our episodes. We have a great second season and I think we’re trying to figure out how do we mix them now in the social distancing age. I think we’ve figured it out."

This season will feel more "adult" and "sexualized."

Now that Payton is in college, he's "grown up," Murphy added to Collider. "It feels very adult, it feels very topical. It’s sort of a story about baby boomers asking themselves, 'Is it time for us to pass the power that we have onto the next generation or are they too dumb to figure it out yet?' And I think you can see that battle playing out daily in our political landscape. And it's what it's about, and it's a very cutthroat race that they run. It feels much more adult, much more sexualized."

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