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Former senator Selina Meyer was a rising star in her party, a charismatic leader who seemed to have unlimited potential. Some pundits thought she might even occupy the White House some day.
Then she became vice president.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Emmy winner for âSeinfeldâ and âThe New Adventures of Old Christineâ) stars as Selina Meyer in ‘Veep’, the story of a woman who becomes vice president, only to discover the job is nothing like she expected, but everything she was warned about. Created by Armando Iannucci (Oscar nominee for co-writing âIn the Loopâ), the new comedy series kicks off its eight-episode season Sunday, April 22, exclusively on HBO.
Veep follows the whirlwind day-to-day existence of Vice President Meyer as she puts out political fires, juggles a busy public schedule and demanding private life, and defends the presidentâs interests, even as she tries to improve her dysfunctional relationship with the chief executive.
The ensemble cast of the show also includes Tony Hale (âArrested Developmentâ) as Gary, her right-hand man; Anna Chlumsky (âIn the Loopâ) as Amy, her chief of staff; Matt Walsh (HBOâs âHungâ) as Mike, Vice President Meyerâs weathered spokesperson; Reid Scott (âMy Boysâ) as Dan, an ambitious political aide; Timothy C. Simons (âDays Togetherâ) as Jonah, a young and somewhat clueless White House liaison; and Sufe Bradshaw (âOvernightâ) as Sue, Vice President Meyerâs executive assistant.
In addition to Armando Iannucci, directors include Chris Morris and Tristram Shapeero; other writers besides Armando Iannucci include Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, Sean Gray, William Smith, Roger Drew and Ian Martin.
Episode #1: âFundraiserâ – Sunday, April 22 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT)
Vice President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and her staff â chief of staff Amy (Anna Chlumsky), spokesperson Mike (Matt Walsh), right-hand man Gary (Tony Hale), and executive assistant Sue (Sufe Bradshaw) â are still finding their footing in Washington D.C. Selina decides to make the Clean Jobs Commission a pet project, but a series of missteps requires her staff to work damage control.
Teleplay by Simon Blackwell & Armando Iannucci; story by Armando Iannucci; directed by Armando Iannucci
Episode #2: âFrozen Yoghurtâ – Sunday, April 29 (10:00-10:30 p.m.)
The veepâs office is revived by good news that her task force is likely to be green-lit. With the president (conveniently) out of the country, Selina looks to make headway on filibuster reform and meet some ânormalâ people.
Teleplay by Simon Blackwell & Armando Iannucci; story by Simon Blackwell; directed by Armando Iannucci.