A first look at HBO’s “Veep”

I’m certain that Julia Louis-Dreyfus‘ comedic acting skills will make Vice President Selina Meyer unique and memorable character once Veep starts in April. But when I saw this promotional photo from HBO, I couldn’t help imagining an entirely different show: Elaine and Buster Go to Washington.

Imagine the possibilities.

For now, we can look forward to watching Louis-Dreyfus take on political satire as a former Senator who’s a heartbeat away from being Commander in Chief. As VP, Meyer soon discovers that being second in command isn’t quite what she hoped it would be.

 

“Pencil f—ed” is destined to be every writer’s favorite new phrase.

I initially thought that Selina’s chief of staff Amy was Mena Suvari, but it’s actually Anna Chlumsky, who’s grown up quite nicely since My Girl.

Other familiar faces include Tony Hale (Buster from Arrested Development), Reid Scott (Brendan from cancelled-too-soon My Boys and The Big C) and Matt Walsh (Ranger Glen from Reno 911). Here’s a behind-the-scenes look. (And no, I don’t know who the blonde Secret Service agent is. Yet.)


After seeing the previews, I’m kind excited about Veep. Selina reminds me of Liz Lemon, which is always a good thing and the show has an improvised feel, even though I know it’s scripted. In an already wacky election season, Veep may be the most authentic glimpse of presidential politics we can hope for.

What do you think of the trailer? Does Veep look like a winner? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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