Ryan Murphy's 'The Politician' Enlists Bette Midler

Murphy on Saturday announced that Midler and Judith Light will appear in the first season of his Netflix show.
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Bette Midler

Bette Midler will guest star in the first season of Ryan Murphy's The Politician, the show's creator announced Saturday.

On a PaleyFest panel for his FX series Pose, Murphy revealed that Pose producer and writer Janet Mock, who directed one of that show's pivotal first-season episodes, also directed an episode of Murphy's upcoming first Netflix series. The episode will also guest star Judith Light, who appeared in the second season of Murphy's American Crime Story, The Assassination of Gianni Versace.

Murphy on Friday announced that The Politician, which stars Ben Platt and Gwyneth Paltrow, is set to premiere Sept. 27.

The series features Tony-winner Platt as Payton Hobart, a wealthy student from Santa Barbara, California, who knows he's going to be president someday — but first he has to navigate the treacherous political waters of his high school to become student body president.

Other castmembers for the show's first season include Jessica Lange, Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton, Bob Balaban, David Corenswet, Julia Schlaepfer, Laura Dreyfuss, Theo Germaine, Rahne Jones and Benjamin Barrett.