HBO has had one of the most consistently hilarious shows on television since 2012 with Veep. Starring the venerable Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the titular vice president, viewers have seen the cast of characters go through a lot of ups and downs that were unfailingly funny. Sadly for viewers, however, we now know that Veep is coming to an end on HBO. While the news of the end is sad, there is at least a silver lining: we still have one full season left before Selina and Co. are done for good on the small screen.
Veep hasn't been cancelled due to low viewership or ratings. The decision to end the show came from Julia Louis-Dreyfus and executive producer David Mandel. According to THR, they decided that the time had come to bring the show to a close as they did not want to wear out their welcome on the small screen or repeat themselves. The story of the series has evidently come to a natural conclusion, and they don't want to stretch the plot out to the breaking point. Whatever happens in the seventh and final season, we can probably count on it building to a satisfying and fabulously funny finale.
Fortunately, the realization that the story had built to a natural conclusion came after the decision to renew Veep for Season 7, which was announced back in May, along with the renewal for Silicon Valley. The final season will run for 10 episodes, so we can look forward to seeing plenty of the characters we've come to know and love. Fans of many other series don't learn of cancellations until finales have already aired and the end has come; the end of Veep coming ahead of Season 7 is at least bittersweet.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been a delight over the past six years, and she's killed at awards ceremonies. In fact, she won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy for five straight years for her work as Selina, and she's in the running to win yet again at the 2017 Emmys (and you can check out all the nominations here). She got some advice from Mitt Romney, of all people, about the show, and one star revealed to CinemaBlend earlier this year that the cast is always talking politics on set. All things considered, television will be a less funny place once Veep has come to an end.
Veep will return for its final season in 2018. In the meantime, there are plenty of other options for small screen comedy. For what you can watch while we wait for the next batch of episodes, drop by our fall TV premiere guide and our 2017 Netflix premiere schedule. Be sure to check out the 2017 Emmys on September 17 as well to see if Veep takes home any more trophies.