‘Veep’ is an American political satire comedy television series that airs on HBO, and first premiered on April 22nd, 2012. The show is created by Armando Iannucci, a Scottish writer, and is an adaptation of his British sitcom titled ‘The Thick of It’. With HBO Entertainment and Dundee Productions backing the project, it has Armando Iannucci himself as an executive producer along with Christopher Godsick, Frank Rich, Chris Addison, Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Stephanie Laing, and David Mandel serving as executive producers.
‘Veep’ became America’s most popular television comedy due to its relevance to the American political context in recent history. It is a political satire that mocks the fallacy and hypocrisy of the American political scene. The series stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the central character in the role of Selena Meyer – a senator becoming the vice president of America with a high chance of becoming president. But the fun and irony of the show lie in her inefficiency in tackling the business. The very recent political upheaval in America has infused a greater interest among viewers regarding the coming season. The series has garnered an extremely strong fan base and has been lauded by critics, even going on to win 17 Emmy Awards, two Critics’ Choice Television Awards, a Peabody Award, four Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Writers Guild of America Awards, two Television Critics Association Awards, and three Directors Guild of America Awards.
However, before ‘Veep’ made waves on American television, it had a rough journey breaking into the industry. ABC initially decided to capitalize on the popularity of Iannucci’s show, ‘The Thick of It’ which had won several awards in the British entertainment industry. However, ABC’s version, which was written by Richard Day and Michael Hurwitz, centered around a low-level Congressman and his staff. The show was ultimately not picked up by ABC and Iannucci himself distanced himself from the project, where he had received production credit earlier, saying, “It was terrible…they took the idea and chucked out all the style. It was all conventionally shot and there was no improvisation or swearing. It didn’t get picked up, thank God”.
Soon after, several networks like HBO, NBC and Showtime expressed interest in picking up the show’s idea. This time around Iannucci was more actively involved and he entered negotiations with the network of his preference, vis a vis, HBO, and the rest, as they say, was written in the stars.
‘Veep’ has had seven successful seasons till date. Here’s everything we know about its upcoming season.
Veep Cast: Who is in it?
The main cast of ‘Veep’ includes Julia Louis Dreyfus in the central role of Selina Meyer. Other remarkable characters like Amy Brookheimer, Mike McLintock, and Gary Walsh is played by Anna Chlumsky, Matt Walsh and Tony Hale, respectively. The different cast includes Reid Scott, Sue Wilson, Timothy C. Simons, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole, Hugh Laurie, and Sam Richardson.