Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Vice President? That’s not really a good idea, especially if you watch the American political satire show Veep in HBO. In the series, Louis-Dreyfus plays as Selina Meyer, the Vice President of the United States. The show is about how Meyer, a clueless leader who actually looks like she enjoys playing online games like FoxyBingo, and her antics make herself relevant in the White House. Although Veep may seem serious at first, it’s actually a funny take on US politics. Combine Julia’s acting chops with HBO’s excellent production team and you’ll have a successful comedy show.
Veep is currently airing its second season. The first episode was released just this April and it had a decent reception from viewers, having 1.19 million in the U.S. alone. It may seem a low number, but it’s actually still “ok” for cable standards. And “ok” enough to get renewed for another season.
Less than a month after its second season’s pilot, HBO extended Veep’s run for another 10 episode season to be aired next year. The current season is not even finished yet and they already got an extension. How amazing is that? Other shows like Community and Parks and Recreation would be jealous.
This extension shows how HBO trusts the team of Veep despite its mediocre ratings. Julia Louis-Dreyfus also happens to be one of the show’s producers and a major contributor to the show’s success. She also just won her second Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Veep in last year’s Emmys, proving her worth in the show. Talk about carrying something on the back of your shoulders. With the rate that Veep is going, it may run as long as Julia’s previous comedy series: The New Adventures of Old Christine.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is now a three-time Emmy winner after taking home the trophy for outstanding lead actress in a comedy for Veep. The TV veteran was exuberant in the press room, expressing how grateful she is to have won for three different series (she previously won Emmys for Seinfeld and The New Adventures of Old Christine). Louis-Dreyfus also spilled about what she’ll be doing after the Emmys wrap and what TV shows she unwinds with.
On how it feels to be honored for three different TV series: ”I would say this is a hell of a lot of good fortune. I’m particularly moved to get this for a third series that I’ve done. I need an Advil. I have a headache! I can’t believe it. I’m very thrilled and moved.”
On how current politics influence Veep: ”It’s greatly influenced me and where the show’s going. It’s an amazing time in politics. Frankly I think all time in politics is kind of amazing in a certain level. It seems front and center right now in our lives. There’s a lot of good, rich material from which to glean, not parody; there are little morsels we can take away, almost every day, it seems.”
On how she’s going to celebrate: ”I’m going to have a glass of wine. My husband and I brought our 15-year-old son to the show tonight, so it’s very exciting that he’s here. He’ll go to the Governors Ball with us and then go home because he has school tomorrow. His dad and I are going to go out and live it up a little for sure.”
On her favorite shows: ”I watch Colbert, I watch The Daily Show. Face the Nation, C-SPAN, Homeland, Breaking Bad, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Girls. And Boardwalk Empire!”