Julia Louis-Dreyfus steals the show in Armando Iannucci's new comedy 'Veep', which premieres Sunday (April 22, 2012) on HBO. Dreyfus plays Selina Meyer, vice president of the United States, who is surrounded by ultra-competitive "score keeping" staffers.
Described by the Los Angeles Times as an "Americanization" of Iannucci's critically acclaimed Bbc series 'The Thick of It' and its spin-off movie 'In The Loop', Veep is set in a place where "power and powerlessness, ambition and limitation overlap". As in 'The Thick Of It', Veep's politicians never reveal their political afflictions and the comedy is less about the policies and more about the characters that populate the White House. Selina's staff include Gary Walsh played by Tony Hale, a man whose role appears to be to feed her "relevant trivia" and supply her with "hand sanitizer". A press officer who "wants to know as little as possible in order to preserve his own plausible deniability". Dreyfus is receiving high praise ahead of the series' premiere, with the L.A. Times saying, "It seems worth repeating that Louis-Dreyfus is one of the medium's great comedians. There is a marvelous energy to her work and in her person, which is not exactly slapstick but makes the small package that contains it visibly buck and fizz". During an interview with Usa Today, Iannucci described Dreyfus as the only person who could play the role of Selina, saying, "My question to you is, who else but Julia could do this? Julia knew that Selina had to be likable but also have an element of unlikable. She can be harsh and cruel at times".
Veep premieres Sunday April 22, 2012 at 10pm on Hbo. A pilot was initially made for ABC, who passed on the series.