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article imageReview: Emmy-Award-winning series VEEP heads into its third season on HBO Special

By Mindy Peterman     Apr 2, 2014 in Entertainment
HBO's political comedy VEEP begins its third season on April 6 at 10:30 PM, and its writers are keeping the show fresh by introducing some new, intriguing (and very funny) plot twists.
VEEP, now heading into it’s third season on HBO, is going through some changes. Last season ended with the President revealing he would not seek re-election. Now Vice President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) has decided to try to win the coveted office for herself. Where will Meyer’s aspirations lead her? And will her loyal staff remain by her side? The 10 episodes beginning on Sunday, April 6, will tell the tale.
For those who may not be familiar with the HBO half-hour comedy, VEEP is the story of Vice President Meyer’s day-to-day existence as the President’s right hand. Sometimes she gets into troublesome political situations that need a quick fix. When her good intentions backfire, her staff can usually be counted on to help patch things up. The VEEP's help mates are a fun mix of egos and political social climbers. They are, among others, Gary (Tony Hale, Arrested Development), who plays Meyer’s right hand man, Amy (Anna Chlumsky, In the Loop), her chief of staff, Dan (Reid Scott, My Boys) as Dan, an ambitious (and at times obnoxious) political aide, and Sue (Sufe Bradshaw, Overnight), Meyer’s brusque yet efficient executive assistant.
The show has been a success for HBO, with stellar ratings and acclaim from both critics and viewers alike. Dreyfus and Hale both picked up Emmys last year, so VEEP is on solid ground.
And while it may seem that a political comedy like VEEP would have an American as its creator and showrunner, it is actually the brainchild of a Brit. Armando Iannucci will be no stranger to those who know and love irreverent British comedy. He played a big part writing and producing those great Steve Coogan Alan Partridge shows (and if you are unfamiliar with Coogan and his body of work, google him immediately) as well as political satires like The Thick of It and In the Loop. The Daily Telegraph called Iannucci “the hardman of political satire”, and besides the talents of an impressive ensemble cast, VEEP benefits from Iannucci’s formidable talents both as a producer and writer.
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