Airdate: Veep

New HBO comedy series Veep, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfuss as Selina Meyer, US Vice President begins on Showcase next month.

The series emerged from attempts to adapt The Thick of It for US television. The pilot was written by Iannucci and Simon Blackwell.

Centres on former Senator Selina Meyer who finds being Vice President of the United States is nothing like she expected and everything everyone ever warned about.

It begins 7:30pm Sunday June 24th.

Showcase also screens Sarah Palin telemovie Game Change this month.

11 Comments:

  1. Oh heavens, At Home With Julia wasn’t political satire in the slightest. It barely even qualified as a comedy. And if you can’t see the satire in this then you clearly don’t know enough about the state of American politics. Selina’s (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) difficulties are perfectly representative of how politicians are expected to please everyone and the impossibility of that task. It’s also doing a great job of needling the self-absorption of Washington types – speak to someone who’s worked there and they’ll tell you how crushingly accurate it is. Give it a go. I laugh aloud regularly at the show, it’s incredibly quick-fire and clever and the cast has crystallised into having great chemistry extremely quickly.

  2. I have to agree with others. I’ve watched 3 eps of this show now, and I’ve given up. It’s not funny enough (by a long shot), she’s an unconvincing character, the characters are flat (and there’s too many of them), and above all it’s not making any real satirical observations. (Ep 2 was basically all about the Vice President trying not to s**t her pants – I’m not kidding). It’s even resorted to doing ‘funny’ political plots – trying to get people on and off committees, etc. – something the West Wing did with far more sophistication.

    You’d never know this was from the people that made ‘Thick of it’. It lacks that show’s satirical ferocity. And lacks all the wit of really good political comedies like our own ‘Home with Julia’ (which also had a much better lead character and performance), IMHO. Avoid this one.

  3. As has been mentioned, this is not laugh out loud comdey but it does have its moments and the humour is spot on.

    Also, I agree that in the first episode the language did seem a little forced.

  4. I watched the first episode,, and after 10 minutes deleted it. The language is disgraceful i.e. how many times can you say Fu## in one minute. Too many in this really crappy show.

    Big fail from me 🙁 and really do not get comments such as ‘another fantastic’ show from HBO. Is is the biggest load of rubbish ever produced.

  5. Bilko – a serious part? No. It’s a comedy.

    It’s not bad, some gags are a little obvious but there’s certainly some wit with poignant digs at the American system (and politicians in general). It’s not laugh-out-loud comedy.

    Julia was on the Daily Show last week and told Jon that the audience will never see the president and will never know which party they’re from.

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