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"This Is Why China Regulates The Internet": Watch The Trailer For The Second Season Of 'Veep'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 18, 2013 12:28 PM
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"Girls" and "Enlightened" might be over for now, but we don't have too long to wait for another quality HBO sitcom to start up, as we're four weeks from the start of the second season of "Veep," the Emmy-award winning political comedy starring Julia-Louis-Dreyfus. Created by Armando Iannucci, the man behind "The Thick Of It," and "In The Loop," the first season might not have quite hit the peaks of brilliance of the earlier show and movie, but it's still one of the most consistent and enjoyable sitcoms on TV.

Conan O'Brien Joins 'Arrested Development,' Hayley Atwell Solves 'Crime,' 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' Adds Another Agent & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 26, 2012 10:38 AM
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Today’s TV round-up features some pretty cool casting news regarding the return of a beloved cult comedy, a new comedy show from Greg Daniels, a critically acclaimed political satire and the small screen debut of a major property.

Review: 'Veep' Caps Off Uneven Season With Tears

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 10, 2012 10:30 PM
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Armando Iannucci made it clear with last week's episode that "Veep" will be steering away from anything resembling real issues. While a pregnant Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfuss) at the end of "Baseball" opened the door to a potentially inspired direction for the show, one episode later it was explained away by Meyer having a miscarriage, as the veep and her team moved on to the next issue that was plaguing their office. The show's established theme is that the office of the veep is essentially powerless and even meaningless, and as a result the doesn't have much to say about political climate in Washington except for how it operates on the most superficial level. The recurring theme is that those in Washington who wield power and influence are stupid, assholes, self-involved or all three at once. Listen, we get it, but we hope as "Veep" moves into season two it has a bit more to say as they are running out of non-issues to try and mine for laughs.

Review: Amusing 'Veep' Cheaply Sidesteps A Major Plot Development For Laughs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2012 10:30 PM
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Well, that was kind of cheap. After ending last week's episode on a potential game-changing plot development, it seems Armando Ianucci didn't have the balls to follow through with it, or least see where Selina Meyer's (Julia Louis-Dreyfuss) pregnancy could take the story in "Veep." It's not even five minutes into "Full Disclosure" when we learn that she's had a miscarriage, and the crisis of the moment is flushed out to focus on a bland minor incident from a couple of episodes back, with the media reporting that the veep's office fired a Secret Service agent because he smiled.

Recap: 3 Weeks In, 'Veep' Gets More Focused & Funny While Taking A Bold Narrative Leap

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 2, 2012 4:07 PM
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Listen, we know our "Veep" recaps dropped off for the past few weeks. A combination of the Cannes Film Festival and screeners that didn't arrive in time led to the gap in coverage, but when we finally sat down to catch up on what we missed, we were in for a very pleasant surprise: "Veep" has hit its stride in a major way. Unlike the overstuffed and strenously zany first three episodes of the season, a sharper focus on story and the stripping away of extraneous subplots has allowed the show's humor to come right to the fore, and the results speak for themselves. Laugh-out-loud funny in a way it hasn't been yet, and finally bringing greater dimension to the lead character Selina Meyer, "Veep" is now showing the teeth we've been wanting to see since the pilot and taking a bold story jump as well. Instead of doing full-blown recounts of what's gone down in over the last three episodes, we're going to summarize them briefly, each with a letter grade, before getting back in the swing of things tomorrow.

Review: A Diva, A Dog & 20 Years In D.C. On 'Veep'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2012 10:30 PM
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If over the last couple of episodes of "Veep" we've been critical of the writers overstuffing their plot, that's not an issue this time around. But unfortuantely, the titular subject of the episode (who really only comes into play in the last third), is also the least interesting.

HBO Renews Lena Dunham's 'Girls' & Armando Iannucci's 'Veep'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2012 4:12 PM
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Haters gonna hate, but Lena Dunham will have the final word as her excellent HBO series "Girls" as well as Armando Iannucci's "Veep" have both been renewed for a second season. And the numbers don't lie.

Review: 'Veep' Goes 'Contagion' As A Virus Makes Its Way Through Washington

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2012 10:30 PM
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We addressed this in the season's first episode, but if you're looking trenchant insight into the American political system played for laughs, "Veep" won't be doing that. But as, essentially, a workplace comedy boasting a higher concept that most, the week's entry proves that within that structure, the show has promise.

Review: Armando Iannucci's 'Veep' Off To A Fast, Furious But Only Intermittently Funny Start

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2012 10:30 PM
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In the midst of an election season, where politics in the United States seems to be more partisan than it ever has been, and riding on the back of the Occupy Wall Street movement that spread across the world last year, there is probably no better time for a political comedy. And for Armando Iannucci, it's territory that he's already mined to great success. British TV viewers were first acquainted with his work with the series "The Thick Of It" (which was remade by ABC for a potential series, that never made it past pilot and was disowned by Iannucci), while audiences on both sides of the pond applauded "In The Loop." HBO is the ideal home for Iannucci to make his American debut (if only to drop f-bombs, which the script does quite often), but it's shame that this debut episode is so toothless.

Take A Peep At Character Videos For 'Veep,' Armando Iannucci's Upcoming HBO Political Comedy

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • March 27, 2012 12:40 PM
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If you were a fan of the 2009 political-satire “In The Loop,” you were probably pretty pleased to see that creator Armando Iannucci is thankfully going to forgo overseeing a remake of his own BBC series "The Thick of It," which “In The Loop” acted as a spin off of, and would instead created a new series for HBO called “Veep.” Featuring the always enjoyable comedic stylings of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the network dropped a trailer for the series at the beginning of the month, and now they’ve released more hilarity on the web.

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