The Politician season two just recently dropped on Netflix with much of the original cast— including Ben Platt, Lucy Boynton, Zoey Deutch, Laura Dreyfuss, David Corenswet, Bette Midler, and Judith Light—returning. But many fans are already wondering if the show will get a third season. Series creator and super-producer Ryan Murphy hasn't written off the possibility, but has suggested it would likely be several years until we see it.
Here's what we know so far:
Murphy has said he's interested.
“I would like to do, and I think all of us involved in it would probably like to do three seasons total,” Murphy said in a recent interview with Collider. The first season of the series focused on an ambitious high school student, Payton Hobart (Ben Platt), who's been convinced since age seven that he's destined to be president.
We saw him run for student body president at the prestigious, and fictional, Saint Sebastian High School. He won, but there was plenty of backstabbing and scandal (and near death-experiences) to ultimately doom his tenure. Season two—which jumps forward several years— takes place in New York, focusing on Payton's run for a New York Senate seat, held by Judith Light's Dede Standish.
A season 3 would be a perfect ending.
A third season could focus on an even bigger election. "What I would love to do is take a couple of years off and have Ben Platt get a little bit older for his final race," Murphy said. "That would obviously be a presidential race, right? That’s always what we had designed, and I think that’s what our plan is.”
Murphy is no stranger to long-running series.
Murphy has made numerous shows that have gone on over long periods: Glee and Nip/Tuck both ran for six seasons, and his American Horror Story franchise has seen nine anthologies. (He also just announced an AHS spinoff: American Horror Stories, a weekly, stand-alone series with a different story for each episode.) POSE, his show about underground ballroom dance culture, will be getting a third season, and 9-1-1, a procedural drama about first responders, was just renewed for a fourth season.
And in case you're worried that The Politician's stars won't be interested in doing long-term shows, fear not: Ben Platt also recently signed on to the 20-year project Merrily We Roll Along, helmed by Richard Linklater (whose Oscar-winning Boyhood was filmed over 12 years.)
It'll have to fit into Murphy's busy schedule.
Murphy has a lot of new projects in the works as well. He's behind the upcoming Ratched—an origin story of Nurse Ratched, the murderous nurse from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest—and a film adaptation of The Boys in The Band. Plus, he has The Prom, an upcoming musical comedy film coming out on Netflix later this year. (That will feature a slate of major names, including Meryl Streep, James Corden, and Nicole Kidman.)
Murphy was also tapped to spearhead FX's Impeachment: American Crime Story, a retelling of Bill Clinton's impeachment following the revelation of his affair with Monica Lewinsky (to be played by Beanie Feldstein).
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