Powerhouse producer Ryan Murphy is launching another new series this year and, after an intense bidding war between networks, Netflix has landed the exclusive rights. The hourlong comedy, called The Politician, will star Tony winner Ben Platt and Oscar winners Barbra Streisand and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Paltrow is currently engaged to Murphy’s frequent collaborator (and The Politician co-creator) Brad Falchuk, so her involvement isn’t all that surprising.
The actress previously won an Emmy award for her guest appearance on Glee, which was also created by Murphy and Falchuck, alongside collaborator Ian Brennan.
Murphy and Falchuck have been working on the pilot script for The Politician for the past year before bringing in Brennan to assist.
As is his tradition, Murphy will direct the pilot episode of The Politician with Streisand expected to go behind the camera for a few episodes, as well.
Both Paltrow and Streisand will be producers on the show (along with Platt), and it goes without saying that this is the first major television role for both famed actresses.
The show is also expected to feature several big musical numbers for Platt, who made a splash on Broadway in the musical Dear Evan Hansen.
Details about the plot are scarce, but the show is expected to revolve around the political ambitions of Platt’s character, a wealthy resident of Santa Barbara.
Both Hulu and Amazon were in a bidding war with Netflix for the series, said to be the biggest TV sale of the year (so far — it’s only February).
Netflix is apparently brimming with confidence over the new show, giving it a two-season, straight-to-series order.
This is the second new Netflix series for Murphy after Ratched, a prequel to the classic film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, set to star frequent collaborator (and Emmy winner) Sarah Paulson.