One of the most exciting upcoming comedies is HBO's Veep. The new series from Armando Iannucci stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the Vice President of the United States and explores the ineffectuality of that office. She may be the second most powerful person in the world but as long as the number one is around, well, it doesn't look like she has much to do. She still has a full team of staffers to cater to her every whim though, and the ensemble cast put together for the project, not to mention the sharp and silly writing, makes it look like a must-see. Here's the second trailer.

The show looks really funny with Iannucci's signature style shining through even though he's show-running in North America this time around. The writer and director made a name for himself in British television with some excellent series under his belt like the similarly themed The Thick of It. In fact, the political parody and its pseudo-spin-off In the Loop should offer viewers an excellent chance to test whether or not they will find themselves fans of this new effort. There is little doubt in my mind that I'm going to enjoy the program, since Loop is one of the funniest films of recent memory, and Iannucci only scratched the surface of the absurdity of American politics.

The network was keeping oddly quiet about the series for some time but now that the premiere date is looming large, HBO has finally started to trickle out a bunch of promotional materials. The most effective pieces of marketing so far might be the meet the characters spots released last week because they not only offer a great look at the series' tone but with such a sprawling ensemble it's a smart idea to introduce the cast beforehand so the entire pilot isn't spent with introductions.

Veep will be the third big premiere for HBO this month, with Game of Thrones kicking off its second season last Sunday and Lena Dunham's new series Girls debuting in under two weeks. There's actually been some similarities in marketing the two new series, with each using a popular song throughout the entire campaign as almost unofficial anthems. Veep's been using The Black Keys "Gold On the Ceiling" in every promo while I can't hear "All Of This" by The Naked and Famous without thinking of Dunham's Girls. Looking forward to the new HBO slate?

Veep premieres on Sunday, April 22 on HBO. It stars Julia Louis Dreyfus, Matt Walsh, Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Sufe Bradshaw, Tim Simons and Reid Scott. It was created by Armando Iannucci.

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