Is Veep moving in the wrong direction?

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Yet in the final episode, the show changed tack once more – the seventh season will see Veep once again tackle a presidential election, this time seeing both Selina Meyer and Jonah Ryan running for president. In and of itself, it was a reasonably well-constructed episode; Groundbreaking, the sixth season finale, bluntly underscored one of Veep’s longest running themes – that Selina Meyer will do anything, sacrifice anything, for power. Moving forward, however – well, it’s difficult to see exactly how the programme will continue to stay fresh, arguably returning to the well one time too many.

I absolutely adore Veep – it’s one of my favourite shows on television. Much as I did enjoy season 6, though, I can’t help but feel the seventh season is being set up for failure…

(Admittedly, the subsequent revelation that season 7 is going to be the last does change things a little bit.)

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Veep season 6: Everything you need to know about the US political comedy

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Incompetent presidents, catastrophic press briefings and constant mistakes from the White House administration – it might sound like real life.

And, well, it is.

But before Trump came to office, this was also the plot of Veep – the American cousin to British political comedy, The Thick Of It. Veep is a workplace comedy that took on the highest office in the land. This month, it’s returning to our screens and bringing with it a new take on its celebrated satirical humour.

Here’s a quick post on Veep for the Metro, which I’m really looking forward to – might try and do some reviews, we’ll see. I find comedy notoriously difficult to write about; after all, explaining the joke is never very funny.

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Veep: A presidential showcase for Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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There’s a biting satirical edge running throughout Veep, carried perfectly by Louis-Dreyfus; hers is a powerful and unrelenting performance, always perfectly pitched and with an expert understanding of exactly what will make a scene come alive. Of course, Louis-Dreyfus is lucky to be working alongside similarly talented co-stars – any of her scenes with Timothy Simons’ Jonah are a particular delight – but it’s always clear who the show revolves around, and who makes it work quite so well. It’s difficult to imagine Veep without Louis-Dreyfus, or who could have taken her place – it’s unlikely that there’s anyone else who could have made Selina Meyer such a wickedly funny character. 

I love Veep. It’s one of my favourite comedies ever. And, featuring a drastically incompetent president, it feels somewhat relevant nowadays.

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The 4 TV shows that predicted Donald Trump

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The current Republican nominee and potential President of the United States, Donald Trump, is arguably a politician like no other; his misogyny, his xenophobia, and his incompetency are largely unprecedented in US politics. However, there’s more than a few television shows that seem to have had him sussed a long time ago…

Another one for Yahoo. Tackles a couple of different programs – I won’t name them, in the hopes of preserving the surprise, but you could probably figure it out by looking at the tags.

I think this was a good one to write, actually, because it’s a little more engaged than my usual stuff; while it’s still basically just a Buzzfeed list type thing, it is about more than just TV, which is good, I reckon. Healthy. Stretching myself and all that.

(I very much doubt this one has aged especially well.)

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