Is there a better time to promote a series all about the importance of winning than during an awards show? Probably not, which is why Netflix ran a new teaser for Ryan Murphy’s upcoming satire “The Politician” at the top of Sunday’s Primetime Emmy Awards.
The 40-second TV spot, which you can view above, was particularly appropriate for the occasion because it featured our first look at Judith Light and Bette Midler on the show, two Emmy winners. And the teaser implies this pair might be teaming up to cause some kind of trouble for our young protagonist, Payton Hobart (played by Ben Platt), who is on a “singular path” to become President of the United States.
“This is gonna be fun,” Hadassah Gold (Midler) says, nudging Dede Standish (Light), hinting at some drama brewing, before the promo cuts to clips of Payton looking pissed.
Meanwhile, Jessica Lange’s character “might have psychological problems.”
In case you don’t understand any of this, here’s the logline for “The Politician”:
Payton Hobart (Ben Platt), a wealthy student from Santa Barbara, California, has known since age seven that he’s going to be President of the United States. But first he’ll have to navigate the most treacherous political landscape of all: Saint Sebastian High School. To get elected Student Body President, secure a spot at Harvard, and stay on his singular path to success, Payton will have to outsmart his ruthless classmates without sacrificing his own morality and carefully crafted image. Created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, “The Politician” offers a comedic and satirical glimpse into just what it takes to make a politician.
“The Politician” launches Friday, Sept. 27 on Netflix.