Armando Iannucci, best known for his TV series The Thick of It and the subsequent Oscar-nominated film In the Loop, will be making his US TV debut this year on the great HBO with Veep.
Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the lead, the comedy is scripted but with a healthy dose of improv., and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for it being as great as another of HBO’s improvised shows, Curb Your Enthusiasm (which Louis-Dreyfus incidentally of course also occasionally guest stars in).
HBO have now debuted a second trailer alongside an extended making of the first season of the show, featuring plenty of great footage from the show as well as interviews with the cast and the makers of the show.
“Former Senator Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) has accepted the call to serve as Vice President of the United States. The job is nothing like she imagined and everything she was warned about. ‘Veep’ follows Meyer and her staff as they attempt to make their mark and leave a lasting legacy, without getting tripped up in the day-to-day political games that define Washington.
Meyer’s inner circle includes: her chief of staff Amy (Anna Chlumsky), longtime press spokesperson Mike McClintock (Matt Walsh), right hand and body man Gary (Tony Hale) and secretary Sue (Sufe Bradshaw) all of whom often do battle with Dan Egan (Reid Scott) an ambitious interloper and smug White House liaison Jonah (Tim Simons).
Created by Armando Iannucci (The Thick of It, In the Loop), the comedy is scripted but shot in an improvisational style. ‘Veep’ is authentic without being specifically biographical about what it is like to hold the least effectual post in the most powerful office in the world.”
Veep debuts on HBO in the US on 22nd April at 10pm, and will then be airing here in the UK on Sky Atlantic this summer. For now, here’s the great second trailer and your extended look behind the scenes. Enjoy.
Slight word of warning: As you can expect from HBO, there’s some language not quite suitable for work. So if you’re reading this at your desk, you may want to come back later.