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Ryan Murphy has almost become synonymous with Fox and its most popular networks over the past couple of decades, but that may soon change with the creator's new deal with Netflix. That's right, after creating eight shows since 2003 that have aired either on Fox or FX, Murphy is stepping away from his network comfort zone to produce content for the streaming giant.
While the complete terms of Ryan Murphy's deal with Netflix haven't been spelled out for us, the streamer has revealed that Murphy and his company, Ryan Murphy Productions, have entered into a multi-year deal for them to produce new television shows and movies exclusively for Netflix, beginning July 1, 2018. The first shows to get the greenlight under this new deal are the original series The Politician and Ratched, both of which will premiere globally on Netflix.
According to IMDB, The Politician will focus on a well-to-do young man from Santa Barbara with political aspirations, and it has some heavy hitters attached to star, as both Gwyneth Paltrow and Barbra Streisand are rumored to be on board for the comedy. Ratched, on the other hand, is a drama that looks like it will star Ryan Murphy favorite Sarah Paulson as a young nurse at a mental institution who becomes jaded, bitter and monstrous to her poor patients. If you're wondering, yes, Ratched is the One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest prequel series that was promised just back in September.
It would seem that Netflix was so happy with what Murphy has planned for Ratched, which the streamer picked up for two seasons right out of the gate, that it was keen to stay in the Ryan Murphy business, and that's certainly not a huge surprise. Murphy has created some of the most ground breaking, thrilling, intense and critically lauded television around and it's no mistake that he's managed to keep several shows on the air at the same time. From Nip/Tuck and Glee, to American Horror Story, Scream Queens, Feud, American Crime Story, the recently debuted 9-1-1 and soon to debut Pose, Murphy's instincts are on point when it comes to what people want to watch.
Of course, a ground-breaker like Ryan Murphy is probably looking forward to the freedom that will be afforded to the shows and potential movies that he'll be doing for Netflix. Because the service doesn't have to adhere to any network standards, this means that his new content for Netflix can get as wacky, unexpected and boundary pushing as possible without raising the ire of any censors. So, I suppose we should watch out for something that might actually be even more batshit than the average episode of American Horror Story.
We'll keep you up to date on news about Ryan Murphy's work for Netflix as more details become available. In the meantime, feel free to read up on his thoughts on the Disney and Fox merger, what AHS is planning for Season 8 and why Murphy came up with the idea for 9-1-1. For all the latest in streaming news, be sure to check out The Cord Cutter Podcast.