Veep will be the third big premiere for HBO this month. Game of Thrones kicked off its second season just two weeks past with Lena Dunham's new series Girls debuting this Sunday and, not to sound crazy, when all is said and done Armando Iannucci's comedy may prove the most entertaining.
Forget Westeros and NYC, Veep is set in the wonderful world of Washington, D.C. and explores the absurdity of politics by using the office of the vice president of the United States as a map. The network has been slowly releasing short spots for the series but this 13-minute 'Making Of Veep' featurette offers the best look at the upcoming comedy thus far. Here's the behind the scenes preview.
The extensive previews are really interesting, especially when they give you the opportunity to see how so many award winners work. Iannucci's process is especially compelling to watch, as I couldn't imagine a more laid back director than the British show runner. And yet, his method has obviously worked wonders for him, having racked up a number of BAFTAs for his work in British television (including The Thick of It) as well as an Academy Award nomination for his political satire In the Loop.
When you think about the very best comedies a lot of the success seems to stem all the way back to casting and Veep has compiled an impressive ensemble of comedians and actors capable of the kind of improvisation that the blanket-lighting with two roaming cameras allows. For more on the ensemble, check out these cool character spots. Veep stars Julia Louis Dreyfus, Matt Walsh, Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Sufe Bradshaw, Tim Simons and Reid Scott. It was created by Armando Iannucci and premieres on Sunday, April 22 at 10 p.m. ET on HBO.
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