While one of the HBO's comediennes is back on the air with Lena Dunham returning to the schedule two Sundays ago with the Season 2 premiere of Girls, her partner in crime, or at least in gender, genre and Golden Globe nominations, Julia-Louis Dreyfus has yet to come back to office. There's still some waiting until Veep starts its second season. But by all means, let the campaigning begin!
Every major network listens to hundreds of television pitches each year. A small percentage of those receive a script order, a small percentage of those receive a pilot order, a small percentage of those actually get picked up, and hilariously, an overwhelming majority of those are still not very good. Most new television programs barely make it the full season let alone get picked up for another go around. Fortunately, there are always a dozen or so that somehow navigate through all of those trappings and actually work.
Of all the shows that made us laugh this year, some stood out from the crowd. What makes a great comedy may be a matter of personal taste, but in our opinion these series all came out on top this year. From freshman comedies to long-running favorites, these shows kept us in stitches and gave us an escape to look forward to with every new episode. Presented in no particular order, here are TVBlendís top 10 comedies of 2012.
HBOís Veep started out with good reviews and decent viewership on the subscription cable network, and gained even more notice when lead actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a comedy series and the show was nominated for two more awards. If you missed out on the comedy series during the first round or, heaven forbid, donít have HBO, you may want to check out Veep: The Complete First Season when it comes to Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download on March 26, 2013.
TV awards involving the actors may be the more glamorous of affairs, and those beautiful faces are the ones we associate best with some of our favorite TV characters and shows. But good scripted television does not exist without good writers. The nominees for the 2013 Writers Guild Awards are in and it looks like Writers Guild of America East and West are favoring cable shows, which is a familiar trend for TV award shows these days, and given the level of quality in the series coming from basic and premium cable these days...
The 2012 Emmy nominations were announced this morning, revealing which TV shows and talent are in the running for a prestigious Emmy Award this year for their contributions to television. This years list of nominees includes newcomers Girls and Veep for HBO, Homeland for Showtime, Fox's New Girl and History's Hatfields & McCoys. See the full list ahead!
HBO's Veep is heading towards its first season finale and Vice President Selina Meyer's approval ratings have never been lower. The show itself is doing just fine, having developed a steady following and earning a second season, but after "Full Disclosure," Julia Louis Dreyfus' character could certainly use a break. Will the Vice President finally catch one in the episode titled, uh, "Tears?" It doesn't sound promising.
Veep is one of the best new comedies this season. Armando Iannucci's first foray into American television is a delightful political satire with super sharp writing and even sharper performances. Now six shows deep, the hilarious comedy is only getting better and this week's "Full Disclosure" was directed by Chris Morris, the man behind Four Lions. If that doesn't get you excited for the second last episode of the first season, here's a preview.
There are only three episodes remaining in the first season of HBO's Veep. From Academy Award nominated writer-director Armando Iannucci, the series is easily one of the most entertaining and funny new comedies of the year. Sure, the year is still young but it's that kind of creative spin that one needs if you're going to work in politics or political satire. After being handed the 'fat straw,' the Veep is doing her best to put the loss of her legacy behind her and get movin' on obesity.
HBO's Veep is really starting to hit its stride and judging by the title of this week's show, "Nicknames," the political incorrectness continues as probably more than a few of the 'sincerest forms of flattery' are sure to be not just unflattering but probably full on inappropriate. The best in the first four shows was probably Catherine calling Jonah a 'rapist face,' so we can only hope for more of the same. Here's a brief look at Sunday's Episode 5.
Veep is the perfect palette cleanser for the middle of the Sunday night line-up on HBO. After the heavy drama on Game of Thrones it's nice to have a half hour to let all the tension shake from your shoulders while laughing at the new political comedy. And together, the pair serve as perfect lead in for Lena Dunham's Girls. HBO has already released previews for next Sunday, including one for Veep's fourth episode titled "Chung."
Even though HBO's Veep isn't as expressly about 'women' as it's lead-in Girls, it seems like the third episode of Iannucci's political satire will be dedicated to bringing women's issues to the forefront. Well, one particular women's issue anyway, the more than troubling relationship between mothers and daughters. IAnd much to our Veep's dismay, it doesn't appear as though her daughter cares much for the political spotlight. Or any spotlight. Here's a look at "Catherine."
Let's hear it for the girls (and veeps)! While only a handful of episodes have aired between them, HBO is apparently confident enough in the potential of both Veep and Girls that the premium cable network has decided to move forward on both series, renewing them for second seasons.
The last of three consecutive Sunday night premieres on HBO, Veep's first episode aired last weekend and even though it didn't create the buzz of a Game of Thrones or the controversy of Girls, the new show from acclaimed writer and director Armando Iannucci had a solid start. And that's in terms of both ratings and quality. On that note, following the pilot "Fundraiser" comes "Frozen Yoghurt." Take a look at Episode 2.
Let's hear it for the girls! While HBO's Sunday night line-up isn't entirely female skewed, between the premiere of Veep, the return of Girls for its second episode, and some of the events that transpired during Sunday night's Game of Thrones episode, including what might have been the weirdest, creepiest birth since Bella and Edward's little one was welcomed into the world, women were most certainly showcased on the pay-cable network this weekend. The ratings are in, and it doesn't look like HBO has any reason to complain.