Julia Louis-Dreyfus comedy 'Veep' voted in at HBO
The cable channel has picked up "Veep," a comedy series starring Louis-Dreyfus as a senator who is elevated to vice president. The series will go into production in the fall and is set to premiere next year, Deadline reports.
The show comes from British writer Armando Iannucci, who knows the political arena pretty well: He created the cult BBC comedy "The Thick of It," about a hapless British government minister and his staff, and co-wrote and directed the 2009 movie "In the Loop," which featured several characters from the series.
In "Veep," Louis-Dreyfus' character, Selina Meyer, will discover that being a heartbeat away from the presidency is not what she expected -- and is exactly what people warned her about before she took the job. The series also stars Anna Chlumsky ("In the Loop," "Covert Affairs") as Selina's chief of staff and Tony Hale ("Arrested Development") as another aide, along with Reid Scott ("My Boys"), Sufe Bradshaw, Matt Walsh ("Outsourced," "The Hangover") and Tim Simons.
Iannucci directed the pilot and co-wrote it with his "The Thick of It" and "In the Loop" colleague Simon Blackwell. Iannucci, Chris Godsick and Frank Rich are the executive producers; Blackwell is a co-exec producer, and Louis-Dreyfus has a producer credit.