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HBO Renews 'Veep' and 'Silicon Valley'

HBO is doubling down on its hit comedies. The pay network announced today that it's renewed Silicon Valley and Veep for their third and fifth seasons, respectively. Both shows kicked off their latest seasons on HBO last night. Veep creator Armando Iannucci will leave at the end of this season, and former Curb Your Enthusiasm director/executive producer David Mandel has signed on to replace him next year. "Veep and Silicon Valley are terrific series, and I’m immensely proud that they will return to HBO next year," said HBO's Michael Lombardo on the news. "Along with Game of Thrones and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, both of which [...]

'Veep' Creator/Showrunner Armando Iannucci to Leave After Season 4

Veep is losing its creator and showrunner. THR reports that Armando Iannucci has decided to leave his post as showrunner on Veep after four seasons, and former Curb Your Enthusiasm director/executive producer David Mandel has signed on to replace him. "We have had conversations with Armando for some time about the challenges of maintaining his family life in London and producing a show in the states," a rep from HBO said in a statement. "Armando is not replaceable but we are confident that Veep will continue to be produced at the highest levels with new show runner, David Mandel." Veep has not yet been officially renewed by HBO.

HBO Renews 'Veep' and 'Silicon Valley'

HBO announced today that they've renewed their Sunday night comedies Veep and Silicon Valley for another season each. This will mark a fourth season for Veep and a second for Silicon Valley.

This is an early renewal for both shows, meaning HBO has a lot of faith in them. Veep and Silicon Valley, which are both critically-acclaimed and do well in the ratings, are only three weeks into airing their current seasons.

Here's 10 Seconds from the New Season of 'Veep'

Here's a short teaser trailer from the upcoming third season of the critically-acclaimed HBO comedy Veep, which debuts on April 6th. There's only 10 seconds of footage in it, but it's worth the watch if you like Julia Louis-Dreyfus or hate balloons.

All the Interesting Comedy Stuff that Happened at the Emmys

The zillionth annual Emmy Awards were held in Los Angeles last night, and we weeded through the three-hour ceremony to pull anything interesting related to comedy that happened. Below, please find a full list of comedy winners and nominees from the ceremony (which is available in its entirety on CBS's website) and the clips of the best comedy moments from the event, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus's acceptance speech with help from her bodyman Tony Hale and Will Ferrell's closing bit.

As far as the awards winners go, there were very few surprises, which is pretty typical of the Emmys. Modern Family won for best comedy series for the fourth year [...]

'Veep' Isn't About the First Female President (Thank God)

Imagine an original comedy about The First Woman President. Between media pressure (“Is she powerful enough?”) and network notes (“Is she relatable enough?”) and focus group testing (“She should be hotter, but not like, too hot?”) it would likely endure as much tweaking, flattening and deadening as the Clinton campaign put into Hillary’s announcement video (Clinton 2016!). Every scene would be plagued by questions like, “Do we really want to imply that this is how The First Female President would behave in the War Room?” or “But can we really let The First Woman President refuse to pardon both turkeys just because she’s on her period?” Every plot point would [...]

Selina Meyer Is the President We Deserve in the Season 4 'Veep' Trailer

Lots of people have been enjoying the insane, imaginary presidency of Frank Underwood on House of Cards since the new season debuted last week, but we all know who the best fake president is: Selina Meyer. And in this new trailer for the upcoming fourth season of Veep, we get to see her in action. The new season premieres Sunday, April 12 at 10:30PM on HBO.

Talking to Matt Walsh About His New Improvised Film, ‘Veep’, and More

One of the founders of the UCB Theatre and a friendly face in the comedy ecosystem, Matt Walsh returns to TV April 6th when Veep premieres its third season on HBO. In addition to Veep, Walsh has a number of other interesting projects up his sleeve including a role in the found-footage tornado film Into the Storm and David Cross’s directorial debut Hits. Most recently, Walsh turned to Indiegogo to crowdfund A Better You, an improvised film (the writer-director’s second, after High Road in 2011) starring co-writer Brian Huskey as a hypnotherapist in the midst [...]

'30 Rock,' 'The Colbert Report,' 'The Simpsons,' and 'Veep' Win Writers Guild Awards

The 2014 WGA Awards were handed out over the weekend, and a few comedies came home with recognition for their writing. Veep won the Comedy Series category (its second WGA nom and first win), The Colbert Report won for Comedy/Variety, and The Simpsons won for Animation. The first part of 30 Rock's 2013 series finale "Hogcock!" also won for Episodic Comedy, beating out Modern Family, Parks and Rec, and Orange Is the New Black and making the show's 13th nomination and 5th WGA win. Click here to see the complete list of WGA winners.

Executive Producers For All The Emmy-Nomitated Sitcoms Chatted Today

“Half the time the scripts [Louis] gives me, this is not funny at all. But now I know the comedy is going to come."

Louie executive producer Blair Breard talking at the Variety Emmy Elite Showrunners Breakfast with fellow EPs Judd Apatow of Girls, Steve Molaro of The Big Bang Theory, Armando Iannucci of Veep, Jack Burditt of 30 Rock, and Danny Zuker of Modern Family

"Politicians Aren't Geniuses, They're Human Beings": Matt Walsh and the Humanity of 'Veep'

That Veep is the funniest show on television is certainly debatable, but there’s no doubt no other show has better insults. Take Selina Meyer’s description of former White House liaison Jonah Ryan, for example.

“You let that unstable piece of human scaffolding into your house?”

Every episode is stocked with similarly exquisite putdowns. And except for Jonah, no one is at the receiving end of them more than Meyer’s Communications Director Mike McClintock, superbly played by Matt Walsh.

With Meyer assuming the role of president in Season 4, that means we’ll also be seeing more of McClintock in his heightened role as White House Press Secretary.

I recently had [...]

'Veep' Season 3 Carves Out New Territory Along the Campaign Trail

Seasons one and two of Armando Iannucci’s political satire Veep depicted the vice presidency as whimsically inconsequential: a politician and her extremely driven staff stuck wasting their intelligence and penchant for insults on carefully-calculated interactions with the press and “normals” while the actually important POTUS eluded all his underling’s phone calls. A change seemed imminent, though, at the end of season two when the president announced he would not be running for re-election. This news set the stage for an excellent third season in which VP Selina Meyer and her cohorts left the comfort of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, home for the past two years to some [...]

There Are Five Million Jokes in the Trailer for Season 3 of 'Veep'

HBO's political comedy Veep, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and created by Armando Iannucci, returns for its third season on Sunday, April 6th, and here's a brand new trailer for it. The trailer's only 90 seconds long, but there are at least five minutes worth of jokes in there.

'30 Rock' and 'Arrested Development' Are Among This Year's SAG Nominees

The Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced this morning, and aside from the predictable love for Veep, The Big Bang Theory, and Modern Family, the actors on both 30 Rock's farewell season and Arrested Development's experimental Netflix run got recognized for their work in 2013. Winners will be announced at the live awards show on January 18th at 8:00PM on TNT and TBS; see below for the complete list of comedy-related nominees.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock Jason Bateman, Arrested Development Ty Burrell, Modern Family Don Cheadle, House of Lies Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory