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The state of television is in a bit of flux at the moment. With various allegations of sexual misconduct surrounding Hollywood, quite a few shows have been shut down while investigations and new scripts are developed. HBO' massively acclaimed comedy series Veep is now also suspending production, although for a far less insidious reason. Because series protagonist and multiple Emmy Award winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, and is taking the time to focus on her battle and treatment against the disease, rather than Selina Meyers' Presidential campaign.
Veep executive producer Frank Rich recently spoke to Sirius XM about the state of both Julia Louis-Dreyfus' health, and the series in general. Regarding the fate of Veep's final season on HBO, he said:
I can tell you that Julia is undergoing treatment for breast cancer. And we're obviously postponing production of the show --- we were supposed to have started now --- while she's in treatment. But the expectation is that we will shoot again. We have one more season we're doing, which we're incredibly excited about. Rather impressively, while we wait for her to gather her full strength around her treatment, we've been having with the cast in Los Angeles table reads of scripts for the final season as they're ready. So, It's been quite something because she's fighting a serious, what is for anybody, a real illness. And yet, wants to keep working as much as circumstances allow without being crazy about it.
It looks like everyone over at the Veep camp is being empathetic toward Julia Louis-Dreyfus' current battle with breast cancer, and are all too happy to postpone filming until their lead actress is in a better place to work on the comedy. And considering that Louis-Dreyfus' fantastic performance has led Veep to innumerable nominations and awards, it's good to see that HBO is paying it forward and supporting her.
And as far as Veep's narrative goes, it looks like Season 7 will be a doozy for everyone, especially Selina Meyers. While spending the entirety of Season 6 attempting to function in the world outside of the Presidency, the season finale changed things. Following the success and popularity of her novel, she announced that she was planning to run for President of the United States in 2020. There's just one problem: another major Veep character is doing the same thing. Everyone's favorite spineless giant Jonah Ryan is also running, putting the two former colleagues once again at odds.
Veep's delay is actually not unlike what HBO has been doing for its big dramas like Game of Thrones and Westworld. Rather than trying to crank out a season every year, the two fantasy shows are taking their time to craft the best season possible. With precedent set, Veep should be able to take its hiatus without worrying about the time sinking the ship.
Veep is currently airing its first six seasons on its streaming services. Check out our cancellation list to see if your favorite show recently got the chop.