Veep is the rare comedy series on television that has never really gone through a rough patch. Through four seasons on HBO, it’s been consistently funny and satirically sharp, all while wracking up awards, and critical acclaim. The comedy’s brand of cynical political humor and its focus on a large lineup of selfish, careerist characters has frequently been called the most realistic fictional treatment of Washington today.
Now, much to many fans’ delight, more Veep is on the way. Season 5 is set to debut April 24, along with the new seasons of Game of Thrones and Silicon Valley, and though the trailer came later than both aforementioned series, HBO has finally debuted a two-minute full-length trailer for the new season. Just to make sure everyone was aware of the trailer’s existence, it appeared on both the network itself and its social media channels.
Here’s what can be parsed from the trailer: It picks up at the end of last season, with an election night tie between President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and her opponent Senator O’Brien (Brad Leland). Season 4’s vice president character Tom James (Hugh Laurie) is still around and, Mad Men‘s John Slattery is on board as a love interest of Selina’s. Meanwhile, television mainstay Peter MacNicol on hand for a role, too. In addition to all the great guest stars new and ole, there’s more of the show’s trademark political machinations as well as some shots of Selina frequent public gaffes.
Even after a series of award wins in the last year — including Emmys for Best Comedy Series and Louis-Dreyfus for Best Actress in a Comedy — Veep is looking at two big challenges for season 5. One, its creator, Armando Iannucci, has left the series, so Veep will have to do without the man who spearheaded the British political satire series The Thick of It and its great spinoff movie In the Loop, before adapting similar ideas to wild success in the U.S. And secondly, in this current contentious political climate brought on by this being an election year, it seems real life has caught up with fiction. Watching even the show’s most outrageous moments, it is hard to imagine Veep coming up with anything as ridiculous as what’s happened in real-life politics this year.
Then again, Veep has an unblemished record of never letting its audience down, and it’s still boasting an elite cast and a top-notch writing staff — even without Iannucci. And when you’ve got Jonah Ryan, who needs Donald Trump?
Veep will debut season 5 on April 24, 2016, at 10:30 pm on HBO.