Netflix will be the home of a high-profile project from longtime collaborators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. Nellie Andreeva reports on Deadline that the streamer landed the hourlong comedy series, “The Politician.”
“The project, starring Tony winner Ben Platt (‘Dear Evan Hansen’), with Oscar winners Barbra Streisand and Gwyneth Paltrow in negotiations to co-star, has received a two-season straight-to-series order, I hear,” Andreeva reports. “The deal, believed to be the biggest TV package sale of the year, came after a weeklong bidding war among top streaming players, including Amazon and Hulu, sources said. It gives prolific creator-producer Murphy two series on Netflix, along with the upcoming ‘Ratched.'”
Murphy will direct the pilot for the series.
“If Streisand and Paltrow’s deals close, Streisand will be part of the production team as well as directing, with Paltrow also expected to produce,” the report notes. “It would be the first major TV series role for both feature actress.”