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A wealthy student 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, he will have to outsmart his ruthless classmates without sacrifi more
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TV Shows We Quit in 2019

It’s official: with the amount of scripted series alone hitting the 500 mark and refusing to stop there, there is just too much content available to keep up with all of it. But although the quantity of series offered continues to grow, that does not automatically mean the quality increases as well. As such, no one should feel bad if they have to let go of a new show, no matter how buzzed-about or once-beloved it may be. In keeping with that sentiment, here are all the series the Variety staff stopped watching in 2019. ... more Comments

Gwyneth Paltrow Doesn't Have Time to Do Too Many Takes, Says 'Politician' Co-Star Ben Platt

Goop mogul, published author, and actress Gwyneth Paltrow is busy. So busy, in fact, that she not only hasn’t seen the Marvel movies she’s participated in — or is seemingly even aware that she was in them at all — she also doesn’t have the time to do too many takes on set. According to a Variety interview with Ben Platt, her co-star on Ryan Murphy’s Netflix series “... more Comments

Ben Platt on Coming Out and the Queerness of 'The Politician'

Ben Platt never imagined he would one day star in a series like “The Politician.” “I didn’t think I could be a star of a show in general starting out. I think I was like, ‘I’ll do Broadway. I can be on stage and I can play Jimmy in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and Nathan Detroit [in “Guys and Dolls”] and that’ll be that,’” Platt says on this week’s episode of the Variety and iHeart podcast &l... more Comments

'The Politician' Cast Reveal Their Hopes for Season 2 of Ryan Murphy's Netflix Hit

As with any Ryan Murphy show, the season finale of “The Politician” took a big swing, jumping ahead in time three years in order to set up a brand new reality for Season 2. With the introduction of Judith Light and Bette Midler’s characters, and the final revelation that Ben Platt’s Payton Hobart will be mounting a campaign for New York State Senator, Murphy once again proved that anything is possible in his universe. Series regular Lucy Boynton, who plays sc... more Comments

'The Politician's' Biggest Virtue Is Making Rising Trans Actor Theo Germaine a Breakout Star

While Ryan Murphy may have modeled his toxically ambitious protagonist in “The Politician” after Tracy Flick, the character played by Reese Witherspoon in Alexander Payne’s excellent political dark comedy “Election” (1999), Payton Hobart (Ben Platt) has more in common with a far wealthier manipulator: “Gossip Girl” Queen bee Blair Waldorf. Like Leighton Meester’s doyenne of the Upper East Side, Payton surrounds himself with the finest things in life, includ... more Comments

The Music of Ryan Murphy: How Collaboration Creates Soundtracks for 'Pose,' 'The Politican, 'Ahs'

Benjamin Franklin believed that only two things were certain in life — death and taxes — but longtime Ryan Murphy collaborator and recently elevated president of Ryan Murphy Productions Alexis Martin Woodall begs to differ. It’s all about music and smells in her estimation. “Nobody is ever going to smell the same thing you smell and feel the exact same way. And that’s how music i... more Comments

'The Politician' Review: Ryan Murphy's First Netflix Series Is an Empty Teen Comedy About Emptiness

In the first scene of “The Politician,” Payton Hobart (Ben Platt) is in the midst of a college admissions interview at Harvard; specifically, he’s at the height of a clearly rehearsed speech about his grand plan to become the next President of the United States. This clean-cut, over-prepared high school senior has studied past presidents to discern critical shared characteristics, and he’s following in their most effective footsteps to his own seat at the White House. As far as he... more Comments

TV Review: Netflix's 'The Politician' Starring Ben Platt

If you tried to drink every time someone on “The Politician” says “ambition,” you wouldn’t get through a single episode alive. For the steel-jawed characters of “The Politician,” and especially its ostensible hero Payton (executive producer Ben Platt), ambition is the urgent undercurrent of just about every scene, revealing a desperate intensity that never lets up. Ambition is what drives them to be smarte... more Comments

The Politician Review: Ryan Murphy's Ruthless Netflix Satire Wins Our Vote

It’s been a while since Ryan Murphy had a little fun, hasn’t it? After spending the past few years on very worthy but decidedly serious fare like The Assassination of Gianni Versace and Pose, he’s now firmly back in Glee territory with The Politician — premiering this Friday on Netflix; I’ve seen five of the eight episodes — a lighthearted satire that combines Murphy’s signature acid-tong... more Comments

Featuring Bette Midler and Judith Light, New 'The Politician' Teaser Is a Gay Man's Fever Dream

Is Ryan Murphy trolling gay culture vultures? It appears to be so. The latest teaser for “The Politician,” Emmy-winner Murphy’s first Netflix series as part of a new pact with the streamer, boasts gay icons for days. Check out a new spot from the series, which debuted during the 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards telecast. As previously announced, Judith Light (Emmy-nominated last year for Murphy’s &ld... more Comments

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