Veep (TV series)

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Veep
Veep intertitle.png
Intertitle
GenreComedy
Political satire
Created byArmando Iannucci
StarringJulia Louis-Dreyfus
Anna Chlumsky
Tony Hale
Matt Walsh
Timothy Simons
Reid Scott
Sufe Bradshaw
Kevin Dunn
Composer(s)Rupert Gregson-Williams
Christopher Willis
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes23 (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 – present
Chronology
Related showsThe Thick of It
In the Loop
External links
Website
 
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Veep
Veep intertitle.png
Intertitle
GenreComedy
Political satire
Created byArmando Iannucci
StarringJulia Louis-Dreyfus
Anna Chlumsky
Tony Hale
Matt Walsh
Timothy Simons
Reid Scott
Sufe Bradshaw
Kevin Dunn
Composer(s)Rupert Gregson-Williams
Christopher Willis
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes23 (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 – 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 of the United States. The program was created by Armando Iannucci and was inspired by his previous political satires, the BBC series The Thick of It and the Academy Award-nominated film In the Loop.

The series 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 has won several major awards. Louis-Dreyfus has won two Emmy Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Critics' Choice Television Award for her performance. In addition, Veep has twice been nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, and its second season won the Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Comedy Series. 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.

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[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.[15]

In the pilot, John Michael Higgins played Albert Alger, a newly elected Congressman and Oliver Platt played committee chairman Malcolm Tucker.[16] 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.[17]

ABC did not pick up the show for its fall 2007 schedule.[18] 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."[19]

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.[20] 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.[19][21]

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.[22][23] HBO announced that it had picked up the show for a full season in April 2011.[23]

Louis-Dreyfus has described Veep's intent not to have the President on-screen, or to reveal the political party of the characters.[24][25]

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."[26] 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[22][27] after several months of rehearsal designed to get the actors comfortable improvising with one another.[28] 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.[29]

Reception[edit]

Season 1 received positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator site Metacritic gave the season a score of 72 based on reviews from 30 critics.[30] The second season received once again a very positive reaction from critics. In Metacritic it averaged a score of 75 based on reviews from 10 critics. The third season received critical acclaim from critics and received a score of 88 in Metacritic based on 8 critics.

Home media[edit]

Complete SeasonRelease datesDVD Extras and Bonus Features# of DVDs# of Blu-rays
DVDBlu-ray
Region
1
Region
2
Region
4
Region
A
Region
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.[31]22
2March 25, 2014June 2, 2014March 25, 2014June 2, 201422

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 SeriesPending
Best Actress in a Comedy SeriesJulia Louis-DreyfusPending
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesTony HalePending
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
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
Writers Guild of America AwardsBest Comedy SeriesSimon Blackwell, Roger Drew, Sean Gray, Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin, Georgia Pritchett, David Quantick, Tony Roche, Will SmithWon

References[edit]

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