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    Veep (Armando Iannucci series for HBO)

    From Deadline:

    HBO has picked up Veep, a D.C.-set comedy pilot about a female Vice President of the U.S. from British comedian, writer and director Armando Iannucci. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is in talks for the lead in the project, set "very near the White House" and centered on former Senator Selina Meyer who finds being Vice President is nothing like she expected and everything everyone ever warned her about. Iannucci co-wrote and will direct the pilot as well as executive produce with Chris Godsick and Frank Rich under the New York Times columnist's deal with HBO. Iannucci has long political satire experience. His popular and BAFTA-winning British comedy series The Thick of It satirizes the inner workings of the British government. (Ianucci wrote Veep with one of his top writers on that series, Simon Blackwell). The Thick of It spawned the 2009 feature spinoff In the Loop starring Tom Hollander and James Gandolfini that earned an Oscar nomination for its script, co-written by Iannucci and Blackwell. ABC attempted to adapt the series during the 2006-07 development cycle with Mitch Hurwitz. The project went to pilot, which was directed by Christopher Guest and starred John Michael Higgins and Oliver Platt. After ABC passed on the pilot, several other networks, including HBO expressed interest, and Iannucci had conversations with the pay cable channel. By his reaction to the ABC pilot, he appears much better suited for cable. "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," he said of the ABC version. He won't have any problem with swearing on HBO.

    Seinfeld alumna Louis-Dreyfus has been in high demand after her CBS comedy The New Adventures of Old Christine ended its 5-season run in May, with a number of writers courting her to star in a new series project. She has had a steady presence at HBO where she has recurred on Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm playing herself. Iannuci and Louis-Dreyfus are repped by CAA. In addition to Veep, HBO has been close to picking up another female-centered comedy pilot, Kate Robin's Fall/Spring starring Tea Leoni.



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    This should be great. I wonder if they'll get any of the American actors from In the Loop to star, or at least cameo.



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    This will likely be awesome.



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    Arrested Development alum Tony Hale is set to co-star in the HBO comedy pilot Veep.
    Veep, from British comedian, writer and director Armando Iannucci, is set in Washington, D.C. and stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as former Senator Selina Meyer who becomes Vice President. Hale will play Selina's right-hand man who is always there to assist her. Hale, repped by ICM and Framework, had been in line for the role for awhile but the deal was on hold as Hale had been attached to the ABC comedy pilot Awkward Situations for Man. Hale has now been released from the ABC project and is officially onboard Veep.



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    Re: Veep (Armando Iannucci series for HBO)

    UCB's Matt Walsh was also added to the cast of this last week

    from Deadline.com:
    "and Walsh will play Selina Meyer's spokesman, Mike"



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    This is very exciting to me.



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    Quote Originally Posted by YoungAmerican View Post
    This is very exciting to me.
    Seconded and thirded.
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    Re: Veep (Armando Iannucci series for HBO)

    Quote Originally Posted by BillBrasky View Post
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    Arrested Development alum Tony Hale is set to co-star in the HBO comedy pilot Veep.

    Hell yeah, the more Tony Hale in my life the better



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    Hell yes.



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    I'm at work so I can't watch that video yet, but I finally watched In the Loop over the weekend and I now cannot wait for this fucking show.



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    omg, My Girl is on this show!



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    Yeah, she was in In the Loop too, so Iannucci must have liked working with her.
    The best thing about that video? "Director- Chris Morris"


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    I'm genuinely interested in how people are going to take to this show.

    Armando doesn't really have a black mark on his record as far as producing comedies in Britain go. I've heard people say that he's the British Larry David, as far as reputation goes, but I don't think Armando has his "Sour Grapes" type project, though I could be wrong. It seems like he pulled out the stops as far as recruiting great people for this show (Tristram Shapeero, Simon Blackwell, Chris Morris, Frank Rich, basically the entire writing staff of The Thick of It, Julia, Anna, Walsh, Hale). I read an early draft of the pilot and loved it. This show could be a game changer...you know like how Sarah Palin was a game changer...levels.
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    I wish I had HBO.



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    Re: Veep (Armando Iannucci series for HBO)

    For those of you who have New Yorker subscriptions, this is a great article about the show and Iannucci.

    For those without, SUCK A LEMON.


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