On HBO, art imitating political life?
April 18th, 2011
03:44 PM ET
11 years ago

On HBO, art imitating political life?

Washington (CNN) - Julia Louis-Dreyfus is coming to a TV near you via "VEEP," an HBO political comedy series, according to the network.

The former "Seinfeld" star was cast as Selina Meyer, a former U.S. senator who becomes vice president only to discover "the job is nothing like she expected, but everything she was warned about," HBO said in a press release.

"VEEP," created by Oscar nominee Armando Iannucci, is expected to begin production this fall in Baltimore for a 2012 debut.

In addition to Louis-Dreyfus, the cast includes Sufe Bradshaw as Meyer's assistant, Anna Chlumsky as her chief of staff, Tony Hale as her "right-hand man," Reid Scott as an "ambitious director of communications" for the senator, Tim Simmons as a White House liaison and Matt Walsh as her spokesperson.

"It is a true delight to work with HBO and Armando Iannucci," Louis-Dreyfus said in the release. "I take the role of vice president very seriously, and although everyone says this is a comedy, I don't think there is anything funny at all about me being a heartbeat away from the presidency."

HBO is also casting a miniseries version of "Game Change," the 2010 book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann about the 2008 presidential election.

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  1. The reality is...

    Guessing Obama will use his left wing media cronies to portray a scenario far from reality but quite suitable for his campaign in any venue possible. Needs to try to make up for the portion of his base support which he lost when the hopey-changey thing didn't pan out.

    April 18, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. gt

    Biden acts like of Kramer..... so she just needs to watch old reruns of Seinfeld ... she could act like our current vp .. have a foul mouth , sleep during the president speaches.. and smile alot...

    April 18, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. NeilsInSeattle

    There actually has been a lot of change. Besides healthcare reform, in his first two years, President Obama:

    Passed stronger Wall Street reform than expected

    Passed credit card reform

    Passed a tax cut for 95% of working Americans (as part of the stimulus bill)

    Passed FDA reform that finally gave them recall powers

    Passed repeal of the Don't Ask Don't Tell legislation, putting the military in charge of if/when the policy would actually end

    Passed tax cuts for up to 3.5 million small businesses to help pay for employee health care coverage

    Eliminated subsidies to private lender middlemen of student loans and protect student borrowers

    Expanded hate crime law in the US to include sexual orientation through the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act

    Extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees

    Appointed more openly gay officials than any other president in US history

    Saved the US auto industry

    Created more private sector jobs in 2010 than during entire Bush years

    Promoted social responsibility through creation of serve.gov, a national database of volunteer opportunities

    Reversed the 'global gag rule', allowing US aid to go to organizations regardless of whether they provide abortions

    Ended major military operations in Iraq

    Signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, giving the FDA the authority to regulate the manufacturing, marketing, and sale of tobacco for the first time

    Signed New START Treaty – nuclear arms reduction pact with Russia

    Deported more illegal aliens in 2009 than any previous administration had in any previous year

    Increased average fuel economy standards from 27.5mpg to 35.5mpg, starting in 2016

    Signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, restoring basic protections against pay discrimination for women and other workers

    Provided travel expenses to families of fallen soldiers to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB

    Reversed the policy of barring media coverage during the return of fallen soldiers to Dover Air Force Base

    Launched recovery.gov to track spending from the Recovery Act, providing transparency and allowing the public to report fraud, waste, or abuse

    Signed the Children's Health Insurance Reauthorization Act, which provides health care to 11 million kids - 4 million of whom were previously uninsured

    Issued executive order to repeal Bush era restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research

    Signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first piece of comprehensive legislation aimed at improving the lives of Americans living with paralysis

    Signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop fraud and wasteful spending in the defense procurement and contracting system

    April 18, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    HBO is also casting a miniseries version of "Game Change," the 2010 book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann about the 2008 presidential election.
    We know how that one turned out! HBO apparently likes doing disaster flicks.

    April 18, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    Well West Wing didn't turn in to the real thing.

    April 18, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. RichSF

    The further reality is...

    HBO seems to be doing what it can to offset Republican-Teabag's right wing media cronies (mainly that paragon of truth in journalism, FOX news). Needs to try whatever they can to make up for the portion of the US population that thinks "critical thinking" is all about movie reviews.

    April 18, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |