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The Politician Season 1 followed Payton Hobart’s high school campaign to become student body president. It was the first big step towards realizing his dream to one day become the president of the United States. The Season 1 finale ended with a time jump that saw Ben Platt’s Payton as a college student in New York City. The Politician will pick up with the time jump introduced in Season 1 and Platt revealed the Netflix series is set to get even raunchier in Season 2.
The Ryan Murphy-created series received a generally positive response in Season 1 and it sounds like Season 2 is ready to take things to the next level. Payton has left high school behind and has his eyes on a state senate incumbent position. The race will get heated and intense between Payton and Who’s the Boss? vet Judith Light’s Dede Standish, who’s up for re-election and thought it would be a breeze until Payton attempts to unseat her. Speaking with Variety (via Variety Live! on Instagram), Ben Platt revealed exactly what viewers should expect in The Politician Season 2. Here’s what he said:
I think that allows for a bit of a sharper, focused humor and a little more of a raunchiness that’s fun, and it’s all a little bit more streamlined. I think we have so much to set up in the first season, so much world to create and backstory to tell, and now we get to really focus on the specifics of this election. And it’s in New York, which we love.
The “raunchiness” probably stemmed from the fact that Payton and his friends were a few years older than they were in Season 1. Time jumps are tricky to accomplish on any show, but it sounds like The Politician’s decision to focus on a college-aged Payton will make for a more mature exploration of the character in Season 2. And now that Payton and co. are outside the confines of high school and involved in real-world politics, it should make things a lot more interesting.
Season 1 of The Politician premiered on Netflix last September. The series had a quick turnaround because it had already been given a second season order right out of the gate. And so, production on Season 2 began last November. Judith Light and Bette Midler joined the dark comedy series in Season 2 and will star alongside Ben Platt, Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
The Politician Season 1 is currently available to stream on Netflix. Season 2 is scheduled to premiere on June 19. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for updates on the show. For more on what to watch in the coming months, be sure to check out our 2020 summer TV premiere guide.