HBO Greenlights Veep, Starring Louis-Dreyfus


Seinfeld alumna Julia Louis-Dreyfus will join that sitcom's co-creator in having her own series on HBO.
The premium network has ordered Veep, starring Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine) as a former Senator, who becomes the first female vice president in U.S. history. Veep, which is expected to shoot in Baltimore, will begin production this fall for 2012 debut on HBO.
Louis-Dreyfus leads the ensemble cast, also featuring Sufe Bradshaw (Overnight), Anna Chlumsky (In the Loop), Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Reid Scott (My Boys), Tim Simons (Days Together) and Matt Walsh (Outsourced).
Created by Armando Iannucci (Oscar nominee for co-writing In the Loop), Veep is set in the nation's capital, where Louis-Dreyfus portrays former Sen. Selina Meyer, who becomes vice president, only to discover the job is nothing like she expected, but everything she was warned about. Bradshaw plays Sue, Meyer's assistant; Chlumsky is Amy, her chief of staff; Hale as Gary, her right-hand man; Scott acts as Dan, an ambitious director of communications for a senator; Simons is Jonah, a young and somewhat clueless White House liaison; and Walsh serves Mike, Meyer's weathered spokesperson.
"Armando Iannucci is a master of smart, savvy humor, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus is one of the sharpest comic actors around," said HBO Entertainment president Sue Naegle about the project. "We look forward to a memorable series from them and fellow executive producers Frank Rich and Christopher Godsick."
It's another case of art imitating life as a second-season episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm features that series and Seinfeld copcreator Larry David discussing the pair, along with another of the hit NBC sitcom's alumni, Jason Alexander, working on a new program for HBO. A Seinfeld cast reunion, featuring Louis-Dreyfus, Alexander, Jerry Seinfeld and Michael Richards, was a key storyline threading Curb's seventh season.