Veep (TV series)

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Veep
Veep intertitle.png
GenreComedy
Political satire
Created byArmando Iannucci
StarringJulia Louis-Dreyfus
Anna Chlumsky
Tony Hale
Matt Walsh
Timothy Simons
Reid Scott
Sufe Bradshaw
Gary Cole
Kevin Dunn
Sam Richardson
Composer(s)Rupert Gregson-Williams
Christopher Willis
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes28 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Armando Iannucci
Christopher Godsick
Frank Rich
Simon Blackwell
Camera setupSingle camera
Running time26–30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelHBO
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original runApril 22, 2012 (2012-04-22) – present
Chronology
Related showsThe Thick of It
In the Loop
External links
Website
 
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Veep
Veep intertitle.png
GenreComedy
Political satire
Created byArmando Iannucci
StarringJulia Louis-Dreyfus
Anna Chlumsky
Tony Hale
Matt Walsh
Timothy Simons
Reid Scott
Sufe Bradshaw
Gary Cole
Kevin Dunn
Sam Richardson
Composer(s)Rupert Gregson-Williams
Christopher Willis
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes28 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Armando Iannucci
Christopher Godsick
Frank Rich
Simon Blackwell
Camera setupSingle camera
Running time26–30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelHBO
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original runApril 22, 2012 (2012-04-22) – present
Chronology
Related showsThe Thick of It
In the Loop
External links
Website

Veep is an HBO television comedy series, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, set in the office of Selina Meyer, a fictional Vice President, and subsequent President, of the United States. The series is a spin off set in the same universe as The Thick of It also created by Armando Iannucci. He also created the Academy Award-nominated film In the Loop (2009), which starred several Veep cast members alongside several Thick of It cast members.

Veep premiered on HBO on April 22, 2012,[1] with an eight-episode season. This was followed by a second season of ten episodes debuting on April 14, 2013.[2][3] On May 1, 2013, HBO renewed Veep for a ten-episode third season that began on April 6, 2014.[4][5] On April 21, 2014, HBO ordered a fourth season of Veep.[6]

Veep has received critical acclaim and won several major awards. It has been nominated three years in a row for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series; its second season won the Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Comedy Series, and its third season won the TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy. It joins The Office, 30 Rock, and Modern Family as the only comedy series since 2000 to win awards from both the Screen Actors Guild and Writers Guild of America in the same year. Louis-Dreyfus has won three consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards, one Screen Actors Guild Award, two Critics' Choice Television Awards and one Television Critics Association Award for her performance.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Main article: List of Veep episodes

Development[edit]

Louis-Dreyfus with Vice President Joe Biden at the White House.

The Thick of It[edit]

BBC series[edit]

Veep uses the same cinéma-vérité filming style as Iannucci's BBC television sitcom The Thick of It, which is set in a fictional department of the British government. The Thick of It was first broadcast in 2005, gaining a number of awards and in 2009 inspired a spin-off film, In the Loop, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

ABC pilot[edit]

A pilot for an American version of The Thick of It was produced as a candidate for the 2007–2008 season on ABC. The ABC pilot, also titled The Thick of It, was developed for American audiences by producers Mitch Hurwitz and Richard Day of Arrested Development fame and would have been about the day-to-day lives of a low-level member of the United States Congress and his staff. Original series creator Armando Iannucci had a production credit on the show, but he was not otherwise involved. The pilot was produced by Sony Pictures TV and BBC Worldwide. Grammy and Emmy Award-winner Christopher Guest directed the pilot.[16]

In the pilot, John Michael Higgins played Albert Alger, a newly elected Congressman and Oliver Platt played committee chairman Malcolm Tucker.[17] Actress Rhea Seehorn was Ollie Tadzio, a young and ambitious speech writer, and Michael McKean played Glen Glahm, "a former campaign operative who's now the chief of staff" for the congressman.[18]

ABC did not pick up the show for its fall 2007 schedule.[19] Iannucci distanced himself from the pilot stating, "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."[20]

HBO development of Veep[edit]

After The Thick of It was dropped by ABC, several networks including HBO, Showtime and NBC again expressed interest in adapting the show.[21] Iannucci re-entered talks with HBO (his initial preference) about adapting the series, with the result that a new pilot episode for a series based in the office of the Vice President of the United States called Veep (a nickname derived from the position's initials "VP") was commissioned in late 2009.[20][22]

Iannucci has been given much more creative control over the show and co-wrote the pilot with English comedy writer Simon Blackwell, who also contributes to the British The Thick of It.[23][24] HBO announced that it had picked up the show for a full season in April 2011.[24]

Louis-Dreyfus has described Veep's intent not to have the President on-screen, or to reveal the political party of the characters.[25][26]

Production[edit]

In October 2011, AFRO reported more details of the show: "Directors for season one include Iannucci, Tristram Shapeero and Chris Morris. Veep is executive produced by Iannucci, Christopher Godsick and Frank Rich. Joining as co-executive producers are Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Stephanie Laing producing. In addition to Iannucci, Blackwell and Roche, writers include Sean Gray, Will Smith, Roger Drew, Ian Martin and Jesse Armstrong."[27] Each of these writers has previously worked with Iannucci on the scripts of The Thick of It.

The series is recorded in Baltimore and began production in late 2011[23][28] after several months of rehearsal designed to get the actors comfortable improvising with one another.[29] Shooting for the pilot episode was completed in March 2011.

The series premiered on April 22, 2012 on HBO[1] and in the UK on Sky Atlantic on June 25, 2012.

Tax credits[edit]

Because most of Veep is filmed in Maryland, the show is eligible for a Maryland state tax credit.[30]

Reception[edit]

Season 1[edit]

The first season received generally positive reviews from television critics. Review aggregator site Metacritic gave the season a score of 72 out of 100 based on reviews from 30 critics.[31] The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 71% approval rating with an average rating of 6.1/10 based on 22 reviews.[32] Hank Stuever of The Washington Post praised the series, writing: "Thanks to Louis-Dreyfus, and the show's remarkable knack for dialogue and timing, Veep is instantly engaging and outrageously fun."[33] Bob Brunner of Entertainment Weekly gave the season a positive review calling it "Charmingly goofy as ever, Louis-Dreyfus isn't quite believable as a vice president – even a sitcom VP whose lack of gravitas is the show's central joke. But she's still a joy to watch, especially when she shows off that famous gift for physical comedy."[34] Maureen Ryan of The Huffington Post gave the show a lukewarm review, writing: "Despite the clear talents of the assembled cast, Veep merely reinforces what most people already think and revisits territory many other politically-oriented movies and TV shows have thoroughly covered."[35] Brian Lowry of Variety gave the show a negative review and called it a "show about an always-second office becomes second-tier TV."[36]

Season 2[edit]

The second season received generally positive reviews. It averaged a Metacritic score of 75 out of 100 based on reviews from 10 critics.[37] David Hiltbrand of Philadelphia Inquirer praised the series saying "HBO's Veep is the sharpest Beltway satire the medium has ever seen, mostly because it focuses not on the power wielded by politicians, but on their desperate venality".[38] Bruce Miller of Sioux City Journal also praised the show, writing: "The show is smart—smarter than most on network television—and it has life."[39]

Season 3[edit]

The third season received critical acclaim from critics. It received a Metacritic score of 87 out of 100 based on 10 reviews.[40] It scored a rare 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 8.6/10. The site's consensus reads, "Veep continues its winning streak with a mix of smart comedy, bright performances and a refreshing approach to D.C. politics."[41] Matt Roush of TV Guide praised the show, and in a joint review of Veep and Silicon Valley wrote: "[Silicon Valley is] paired with the third season of the savagely hilarious Veep; this combo promises to be HBO's most robust and certainly most entertaining comedy hour in years."[42] Brandon Nowalk of The A.V Club said the show "has become the clearest heir to 30 Rock and Arrested Development, and specific bits throughout the season recall both series."[43] Tim Molloy of The Wrap praised the cast saying, "The show works because all of its actors seem so human, so likable, despite the words coming from their mouths."[44]

Home media[edit]

SeasonRelease datesBonus features
Region 1Region 2Region 4Region ARegion B
1March 26, 2013June 3, 2013April 3, 2013March 26, 2013June 3, 2013The Making of Veep, Veep: Misspoke, Veep: Obesity, Deleted Scenes and Outtakes, 12 Audio Commentaries with cast and crew. The Region A Blu-ray edition includes the DVD and UltraViolet/iTunes digital copy.[45]
2March 25, 2014June 2, 2014May 28, 2014March 25, 2014June 2, 2014

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryRecipient(s)Result
2012Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Actress in a Comedy SeriesJulia Louis-DreyfusNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Comedy SeriesArmando Iannucci, Christopher Godsick, Frank Rich, Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Stephanie LaingNominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesJulia Louis-DreyfusWon
Outstanding Casting for a Comedy SeriesJennifer Euston & Allison Jones & Pat MoranNominated
Satellite AwardsBest Actress in a Series, Comedy or MusicalJulia Louis-DreyfusNominated
Television Critics Association AwardsIndividual Achievement in ComedyJulia Louis-DreyfusNominated
Women's Image Network AwardsBest Actress in a Comedy SeriesJulia Louis-DreyfusNominated
Best Comedy SeriesWon
2013AFI AwardsTop 10 TV Show of 2013Won
Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Actress in a Comedy SeriesJulia Louis-DreyfusWon
Best Comedy SeriesNominated
Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Television Series (Musical or Comedy)Julia Louis-DreyfusNominated
Television Critics Association AwardsOutstanding Achievement in ComedyNominated
Individual Achievement in ComedyJulia Louis-DreyfusNominated
Writers Guild of America AwardsBest New SeriesJesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Roger Drew, Sean Gray, Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin, Tony Roche, Will SmithNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Comedy SeriesArmando Iannucci, Christopher Godsick, Frank Rich, Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Stephanie LaingNominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesJulia Louis-DreyfusWon
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesTony HaleWon
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesAnna ChlumskyNominated
Outstanding Casting for a Comedy SeriesAllison Jones, Pat Moran and Jennifer EustonNominated
2014American Comedy AwardsBest Comedy SeriesNominated
Best Actress in a Comedy SeriesJulia Louis-DreyfusNominated
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesTony HaleNominated
Art Directors Guild AwardsBest Half Hour Single-Camera Television SeriesJim GlosterWon
Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Television Series (Musical or Comedy)Julia Louis-DreyfusNominated
Gracie Allen AwardsOutstanding ComedyWon
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Comedy SeriesArmando Iannucci, Christopher Godsick, Frank Rich, Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Stephanie LaingNominated
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesGary ColeNominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesJulia Louis-DreyfusWon
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour)Bill MacPherson and Richard DaveyNominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesTony HaleNominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesAnna ChlumskyNominated
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy SeriesSimon Blackwell, Tony Roche and Armando IannucciNominated
Outstanding Art Direction for a Contemporary Program (Half-Hour or less)Jim Gloster, Sharon Davis and Jennifer EngelNominated
Outstanding Casting for a Comedy SeriesAllison Jones, Pat Moran and Meredith TuckerNominated
Producers Guild of America AwardsOutstanding Producer of Episodic Television ComedyArmando Iannucci, Christopher Godsick, Frank Rich, Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Stephanie LaingNominated
Satellite AwardsBest Actress in a Series, Comedy or MusicalJulia Louis-DreyfusNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesSufe Bradshaw, Anna Chlumsky, Gary Cole, Kevin Dunn, Tony Hale, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Matt WalshNominated
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy SeriesJulia Louis-DreyfusWon
Television Critics Association AwardsOutstanding Achievement in ComedyWon
Individual Achievement in ComedyJulia Louis-DreyfusWon
Writers Guild of America AwardsBest Comedy SeriesSimon Blackwell, Roger Drew, Sean Gray, Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin, Georgia Pritchett, David Quantick, Tony Roche, Will SmithWon

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