Netflix’s The Politician already looks like it’s going to be our next Fall TV obsession, partially due to to the eye candy that is its lush setting. The hour-long dark comedy, which follows an intensely ambitious young man with dreams of sitting in the Oval Office, is set in Santa Barbara, California.
To hear the cast and creatives tell it, this is a story that couldn’t be told anywhere else.
One of the key themes running through the show is its skewering of uberambitious, uberwealthy, often white teenagers who are raised from childhood as intense overachievers, and its location in a wealthy California enclave is crucial to that story.
The series opens with its protagonist, Ben Platt’s Payton Hobart, getting waitlisted at Harvard, and his mother’s response is a quip about how she “bought” his older brothers’ spots at elite universities. Ironically, the show was filmed before the “Operation Varsity Blues” scandal that revolved around wealthy parents who did, in fact, “buy” their children’s way into elite programs.
“We lucked into that,” admitted series creator Ryan Murphy to The Hollywood Reporter. Still, he explains, while the specific context has shifted thanks to real-world happenings, the idea of writing a series about unchecked ambition has been percolating for a while, and the setting of an ultrawealthy California city seemed like the perfect fit. “My ambition has always been,” he pauses, ” ‘sociopathic’ is too strong of a word – but maybe not.”
For Platt, who grew up in Beverly Hills as the son of wealthy producer Marc Platt, the world of The Politician is shockingly familiar. “It’s a lot of very privileged wealthy white people, and I think now is the time to take a blackhearted look at that,” he said to The Hollywood Reporter.
The first season of the show will focus on Payton’s run for student government at Saint Sebastian High School, his competitive, exclusive prep school. The setting of an elite high school is nothing new for teen dramas, but it seems pretty certain that The Politician will give us a version we’ve never seen before when the first season hits Netflix on Sept. 27.
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Lana Condor Wrote the Sweetest Goodbye Letter to Lara Jean From TATBILB, and I’m Sniffling
The final movie in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series has officially finished filming, and Lana Condor is so not ready to let go of Lara Jean Covey. In a heartwarming Instagram post on Thursday, Condor shared a sweet goodbye letter she wrote to her her fictional self, and I think I need some tissues.
“‘One day all of this will be proof, proof that we were here, proof that we loved each other,” Condor began, quoting Lara Jean. “It’s the guarantee that no matter what happens to us in the future, this time was ours.’ – Always and Forever, Lara Jean.”
“Words will never be able to describe my gratitude to YOU, for loving her as much as I do.”
Condor went on to reflect on filming the three installments of TATBILB and what it meant to her to play such a warm-hearted and inspiring character. “It’s been 16 days since the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before franchise wrapped shooting movies 2 and 3,” she wrote. “I’ve been really struggling how to put into words my feelings towards this ending. .. words will never be able to describe my love for Lara Jean. Her family, her friends, Peter.
Words will never be able to describe the long nights on set, where it would suddenly hit me, like a ton of bricks, that I was getting the honor of portraying a girl so fiercely determined in love, who represents strength in softness. Words will never be able to describe my gratitude to YOU, for loving her as much as I do. For tying your hair up in a scrunchie and saying, ‘Let’s do this.’ Thank you from the very bottom of my heart, you’ve made me feel like the luckiest girl alive. Always and Forever, your Lara Jean.” Aw!
That may be a wrap on TATBILB, but we have our fingers crossed that Condor’s friendship with costar Noah Centineo will give us at least a few sweet moments to look forward to à la Lara Jean and Peter.