Veep star Matt Walsh, who plays Mike McClintock opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Selina Meyer, confirms that the seventh and final season of award-winning comedy won’t be available until next year.

There are currently a lot of TV shows that use the White House as a backdrop and the country’s politics as its story’s core. Veep differentiates itself from the bunch by not taking itself too seriously. Originally airing in 2012, the series was meant to be a satirical comedy that offers a more lighthearted look at the lives of the nation’s highest leaders. It’s funny and downright outrageous, not the thing people would expect when we talk about politicians. But in the five years that it has aired, times have changed drastically and it’s ironic to think that now, some people see parallels between the HBO project and real life. So it’s not surprising that fans are clamoring for the release of it’s last season. Unfortunately, it will take another year before we get new episodes of the program.

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Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Walsh revealed that while Veep is currently on hiatus they’ll “start filming in August and it will air in 2019,” adding that they’ve “known for about a month.” The Emmy-nominated actor continued, this time offering an update as to how lead star Louis-Dreyfus is and when she is expected to report back to work. The actress, who announced last year she is battling breast cancer, has undergone several treatments and from the sounds of it, it seems like all is going well for the Seinfeld alum:

“We’ve seen [Julia], she’s done some table reads, she’s doing well, she’s finished her last chemo, she’s in recuperation. Her prospectives have remained excellent throughout. She’s very well loved; she’s a tremendous person. I would hide if I had an illness like that, but she’s very brave and also better for it because she’s helped other women and other women have supported her. It’s a really unique, brave thing she’s doing just by being so out there with it.” 

Julia Louis Dreyfus in Veep Season 5 Episode 1 Veep Season 7 Delayed Until 2019

While fans are obviously dismayed with the extended wait time for the show’s return, we’re pretty sure that no one will hold any grudge on it considering what Louis-Dreyfus is going through. Meanwhile, offering a consolation for their massive following, Walsh promises that they’re making sure that it will be worth waiting for as they’re trying to make it the best season yet, with four of the final season season’s script already written.

Veep is the latest high-profile series that has set its 2019 return on HBO. It has been previously confirmed that the final season of Game of Thrones will be delayed until next year as the cast and crew will be busy almost all year finishing filming and then eventually post-production. Meanwhile, the long-awaited third outing of the Nic Pizzolatto-created crime anthology show, True Detective has nabbed a release date sometime next year with principal photography just about to start this February. The Ozark-set outing stars Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali alongside Stephen Dorff, and Carmen Ejogo. Lastly, the sophomore year of Big Little Lies is also looking to air the earliest next year.

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Source: Entertainment Weekly

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