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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Had Lunch with Joe Biden

Veeps collided on Friday, when the real Vice President, Joe Biden, and the fake Vice President, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, met for lunch at the White House. Louis-Dreyfus, who plays VP Selina Meyer on HBO's Veep, surprised Biden by sitting down at his desk when she showed up for their pre-arranged lunch. "He thought he'd just ask my advice on some various briefs he had to deal with," Louis-Dreyfus said in an audio clip posted to the White House's website, "And I was happy to give him my advice which he paid no attention to whatsoever, which is why he's such a wise vice president."

Biden being a good sport about Veep is [...]

Watch a New Trailer for 'Veep' Season 2

Here's a teaser trailer for the second season of HBO's Vice Presidential comedy Veep, featuring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Matt Walsh, and the rest of the gang back in action. It's back April 14th, so if you want wacky Vice President hijinx before then, just set your Google alerts for "Joe Biden."

Potentially Emmy Nominated Actresses Discuss Being Funny and Farts and Vaginas

"So many Emmy roundtables so little time," says everyone this month. "But they talk about farting on set," says I! Also, this roundtable takes place around a square table, which makes it slightly more visually interesting. In the full, uncut version below they discuss hosting SNL, the non-controversy (or nontroversy) surrounding women being funny, and more.

Finally! An Alan Partridge Film to Shoot Later This Year

After decades, and a variety of mediums, Steve Coogan's Alan Partridge is finally going to be brought to the big screen. Armando Iannucci, who has been Coogan's writing partner on most things Partridge and most recently created HBO's Veep, told Empire magazine, "It's just about all come together now, so that'll be shot later in the year." Exclamation points!!!! There has been talk of a Partridge film basically since the character was created in the early 90s; however, nothing came to pass, even after multiple TV series, a web series, a book, a tour, and general legend. Will this be Coogan's breakout role in the States, which will [...]

Veep and the Absurdities of Power

With the exception of Al Gore, the office of the Vice President has recently become a fertile ground for comedy, mostly because of the characters involved. Dan Quayle was comically stupid, Dick Cheney was comically evil, and, if The Onion is to be believed, Joe Biden is just a guy looking for a good time. The funny thing is that these qualities are pretty terrifying if they ever become attached to the responsibilities of the President, which of course is a very real possibility (one could argue that George W. Bush was a mixture of all three).

There's a moment in Veep — a brilliant new HBO series [...]

Fun Thing to Buy of the Day: 'Veep' Season 1

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!

'Veep' Is Coming Back April 14th for a Second Season

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.

The Slow Death of the Traditional Television Season

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 [...]

Hooray! HBO Renews 'Girls' and 'Veep' for Second Seasons

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 [...]

Talking to Timothy Simons of the New HBO Series Veep

As a newcomer to the world of TV, actor Timothy Simons is joining a very impressive group of writers and performers for his first big role in the HBO political comedy series Veep. Created by Oscar-nominated auteur Armando Iannucci (In the Loop, The Thick of It) and boasting a cast that includes Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Matt Walsh, Anna Chlumsky, and Tony Hale, Veep has a more impressive pedigree than any TV comedy in recent memory. I’ve seen the first three episodes of Veep, and Timothy Simons holds his own against these heavy-hitters. It’s a funny show that lives up to the high expectations set by Armando Iannucci’s previous work, and [...]

Here's a Trailer for the New Season of 'Veep'

HBO just released this new trailer for its excellent political comedy Veep, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and created by Armando Iannucci. Season Two debuts on April 14th, and it looks more action-packed than the first, full of cool guest stars like Gary Cole and that guy from The Wire who says "sheeeeee-it."

Gary Cole Is Coming to the Second Season of 'Veep'

Bill Lumbergh himself, Gary Cole, has just signed on for a "major recurring role" on the upcoming season of HBO's Veep. He'll play "a Karl Rove-type of character named Kent" and will be in as many of 8 of the season's 10 episodes. Cole is obviously quite adept at playing suit-wearing dickbags, so this sounds like a pretty great fit to me.

Joe Biden's Feelings Are Hurt by 'Veep'

Poor VP Joe Biden and his lackeys aren't fans of HBO's new show Veep, which centers on a fictional version of his office. A staffer of his had this to say about it: "It would have been more watercooler conversation-inspiring if it had been funnier. The show gets the D.C. personalities right, but it has what's funny about the VP all wrong. A senator would come to him. Not the other way around. That the VP paradoxically has enormous power and no power — is treated like the president but isn't. But they missed that." Perhaps they should pitch a rival VP-based comedy to Showtime? The more the merrier, [...]

Read it and Don't Weep, Veep Did Well on Sunday and Girls Remains Solid

Veep debuted to 1.4 million people (and 1.7 across the two airings) on Sunday night. This is slightly above the 10:00pm timeslot's normal 1.0 million average and ties last week's Eastbound & Down finale. It's also more than the MUCH talked about Girls debut, which, all kidding aside, isn't a surprise, considering that Julia Louis-Dreyfus was on one of the biggest television shows ever and Lena Dunham has only appeared in a film (Tiny Furniture) that most people have just hanging around in their Netflix instant queue.

Speaking of Girls, it held the entirety of its debut's 1.1 million viewers, which is actually quite impressive. It [...]