The Politician is hitting the campaign trail once more—and this time, on a much larger scale. Netflix announced today that the second season of Ryan Murphy’s campy political series will be released on Friday, June 19. That’s less than a year after the first season hit Netflix and explored the rise of Payton Hobart (Ben Platt) as he ran for his high school’s student body president.
This time around, Payton has set his sights on a much larger voting body, as he’s running for the New York Senate race. He’ll be joined by his trusted team of adolescent political aides, including Infinity Jackson (Zoey Deutch), Astrid (Lucy Boynton), Skye (Rahne Jones), McAfee (Laura Dreyfuss) James (Theo Germaine), and high school sweetheart Alice (Julia Schlaepfer). We’ll also get a further look at characters introduced at the end of season 1, played by Judith Light and Bette Midler. And, despite some reports, Gwyneth Paltrow will return as Payton’s colorful adoptive mother Georgina Hobart.
A full synopsis reads:
“Payton Hobart (Platt) fights to unseat Dede Standish (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 (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 (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. Created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan, The Politician offers a comedic and satirical glimpse into just what it takes to be a politician.”
Murphy has confirmed that the show will likely last three seasons, with a larger gap in between the second and third installments. This would allow Platt to age-up for a potentially Presidential storyline. Season 2 of The Politician will be available to binge on June 19.
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