HBO's Emmy award-winning comedy series Veep, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as dogged and narcissistic political warrior Selina Meyer, will bow out after season 7, set to air in 2018. Veep has won the Emmy for Best Comedy series the last two years in a row and has a chance to make it three straight when the awards are handed out later this month. Louis-Dreyfus has herself won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy for Veep five years in a row and is going for a sixth consecutive statue this year.
Veep began on HBO in 2012 under the guidance of showrunner and In the Thick of It creator Armando Iannucci. It quickly won critical acclaim for its sharp wit, deft political commentary, and brilliant ensemble acting. The Selina Meyer character experienced a lot of twists and turns over the course of six seasons, becoming president for a time only to lose the job, all the while retaining her unique blend of self-absorption, cutting sarcasm, and never-say-die grit.
THR reports that the saga of Selina Meyer is finally coming to an end with season 7, which will go before cameras beginning in October with an air date coming in 2018. Executive producer David Mandel, who took over the show after Iannucci's departure, and Louis-Dreyfus made the decision together and the actress spoke about the reasons for bringing Veep to an end while it's still funny and relevant:
"It became clear that this season should be the last season. We don't want to repeat ourselves or wear out our welcome. The story has a finality to it that feels end-of-series."
Mandel says the final season will run the usual 10 episodes, and reiterated Louis-Dreyfus' remarks about the last season having a true sense of finality. Season 6 was a daring departure for the series, removing the Selina Meyer character from the bubble of the White House and having her deal with a bevy of personal issues including a heart attack. The season 6 finale saw Meyer abandoning her troubled efforts to open a presidential library and instead diving back into politics to run for president against long-time series heel Jonah Ryan (Timothy Simons). Season 7 will likely pick up with Meyer's campaign against Jonah, which should lead to some epic comedy, and now we know the series will end once this arc is complete.
The ending of Veep will be sad for its many fans, and very sad for HBO, which is also set to lose Game of Thrones, its other big mainstay series. Not only has Veep cemented its place as one of the great all-time TV comedies, it's also had a huge impact in the real world of politics, becoming a go-to reference guide for people seeking to skewer the real-life absurdities of Washington (turning awkward political moments into little parodies of the Veep end-credits has become a popular form of satire).
Veep does still have one more season to deliver, and with everything set up for a Selina vs. Jonah showdown, season 7 could turn out to be the show's greatest of all. Going out on a high note would be a win for Louis-Dreyfus, whose other iconic show Seinfeld did not exactly reach a comedic crescendo with its own controversial final episode.
Veep season 7 will premiere in 2018 on HBO.
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