Veep Season 1 is out on DVD and Blu-Ray this week! The Armando Iannucci-created Julia Louis-Dreyfuss-starring show is incredible, with some of the smartest and funniest dialogue on television. Matt Walsh and Tony Hale round out a talented cast of comedians and actors playing the oft-harried workers assisting the Vice President of the United States. The show returns to HBO next Monday, so that gives you a small amount of time to catch up very quickly, but also season one is just eight half-hour episodes so that's not too hard at all. Plus they're really good!
HBO announced today that its Vice Presidential comedy Veep, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and created by Armando Iannucci, is returning for a second season on Sunday, April 14th, at 10:30pm. The whole ensemble cast, made up of Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Matt Walsh, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, and Sufe Bradshaw, is coming back, with Gary Cole and Kevin Dunn joining up for major recurring roles. The new season will be 10 episodes compared to last season's eight, continuing HBO's quest to transition creator Armando Iannucci away from tiny six-episode British seasons, inch by inch.
If you haven't noticed, this isn't the end of 2012 (and according to my Mayan friend, Maya, the end of the universe). We are drawing a distinction between a Season In Review and a Year In Review, as to celebrate the traditional television season. But in doing so, I realized the idea of the television season itself doesn’t seem to loom as large as it once did. The excitement over finales and the despair over time apart from favorite shows feels shorter lived. Mostly, it doesn’t feel final, as it's not like television is going anywhere. If anything, the summer is a more exciting time for television as for [...]
HBO has just renewed both of its freshman comedies, Girls and Veep for second seasons. Neither have had really blockbuster ratings, with Veep besting Girls but not by too much, but with HBO that doesn't really matter. Both shows have gotten generally favorable reviews and Girls in particular has become the internet's favorite thing to verbosely bicker about. And you can't buy publicity like that!
For my money, these are the two best new comedies of the year, if you consider the TV year a thing that starts in the fall. And thank goodness that HBO is around to give two shows that would never have gotten [...]