In what’s said to be the biggest TV package sale of the year, Netflix has won a week-long streaming bidding war to acquire “Glee” and “American Horror Story” creator Ryan Murphy’s new hourlong comedy series “The Politician”,
Tony Award winner Ben Platt (“Dear Evan Hanson”) will lead the cast, but it’s his co-stars that are taking the attention – none other than Barbra Streisand and Gwyneth Paltrow. All three will produce.
Said to be a comedy that features social commentary, further story specifics are unknown beyond Platt’s character being a ‘wealthy Santa Barbarian’ with dreams of reaching political office and each season will focus on different political races that he is involved in. There will also be musical numbers.
The project has already been given a “two-season straight-to-series order”. Murphy is set to direct the pilot episode and Streisand could direct some of the episodes as well. Murphy, Brad Falchuck and Ian Brennan will executive produce.