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    Veep -- Armando Iannucci's HBO pilot

    I'll let Deadline Hollywood explain

    Reid Scott, Tim Simons and Matt Walsh have joined the cast of HBO's comedy pilot Veep starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The Washington, D.C.-set project, from British comedian, writer and director Armando Iannucci, centers on former Senator Selina Meyer (Louis-Dreyfus) who becomes Vice President. Former My Boys co-star Scott will play Dan Egan, a DC legend. Simons will play Jonah who works in the President's office, and Walsh will play Mike, Meyer's spokesman. The trio join previously cast Anna Chlumsky.
    God, yes, please let this happen.

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    I wonder if Anna Chlumsky is reprising her role from In the Loop.

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    HBO's given the series the green light!
    http://www.deadline.com/2011/04/hbo-...louis-dreyfus/

    Filming begins this year; premieres next year!!!!

    (And, yes, Anna Chlumsky is in!)

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    Damn it, now I have to get HBO somehow.

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    It wasn't much, but this finally got a brief teaser tonight. It begins its run in April with Game of Thrones and Girls.

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    Hmmmmm.

    I wonder if I can add HBO to a basic cable package without having to upgrade to digital cable and then just use HBO Go?

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    Wait - does this mean an even longer wait for Season 4 of The Thick of It...?!

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    Looks like fun. I loved In the Loop, and this looks like it has some of the same flavor. At this point, I find myself second guessing the Julia Louis-Dreyfus casting choice, but we'll see. Shame about it being on HBO; that will make it hard for a cord-cutter like myself to see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woolen Horde View Post
    Allow me to pop a jaunty little bonnet on your preview and ram it up your shitter with a lubricated horse cock!

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    Quote Originally Posted by baren View Post
    At this point, I find myself second guessing the Julia Louis-Dreyfus casting choice, but we'll see.
    Looks like Louis-Dreyfus's the choice. Good move by the HBO?

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    The reviews are coming in. Positive, but it sounds like a more comedic/zany tone in the first episodes, compared to The Thick of It.

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    What, no love?

    "I'm in a room with three people and a fuck ton of kiesh."

    That felt like classic Thick of It at times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woolen Horde View Post
    What, no love?

    "I'm in a room with three people and a fuck ton of kiesh."

    That felt like classic Thick of It at times.
    WTF is kiesh?

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    If serious, of course he meant quiche.

    I thought it was great (after a slow start). Definitely hit the In The Loop / Thick of it vibe.

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    Hoisted by our own retard.
    Line of the century.

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    Needs more Scottish wolf.

    -Tom

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    This was chronically mediocre and unexpectedly trite.

    Girls is so, so much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Chick View Post
    Needs more Scottish wolf.

    -Tom
    He was playing the bagpipes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mystery View Post
    Line of the century.
    "Weapons-grade retard" was my fave.

    And, Alex? Don't ever change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madkevin View Post
    "Weapons-grade retard" was my fave.

    And, Alex? Don't ever change.
    I would have also accepted "So, I've been pencil-fucked? Yes. Front and back, with very little romance."

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    I liked it.

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    "Senator Phil Dorsey at Two O'Clock"

    "I'm not a sniper."

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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus deserves an Emmy purely for the expressions on her face when she hears about the POTUS's chest pains.

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    I saw the first episode. And what came up missing for me was someone who wasn't such a caricature. Also, if Selena is supposed to be the Veep, it would have been nice to see her have some competence in something, so you could appreciate how she does it with a staff in shambles or full of funny characters or something.

    Also, none of the characters are likable, which I found offputting.

    I'll watch some more episodes but I hope it evolves from the first one.

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    I doubt it will, at least on those axes. That's exactly how The Thick Of It rolls - unlikeable characters and incompetent ministers. It's all about the dialogue and the farcical scenarios. Besides, the Senator in this week's Veep was likeable - he talked about fisting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlatan View Post
    I saw the first episode. And what came up missing for me was someone who wasn't such a caricature. Also, if Selena is supposed to be the Veep, it would have been nice to see her have some competence in something, so you could appreciate how she does it with a staff in shambles or full of funny characters or something.
    That's part of the joke. Selena was a pretty competent senator, and she had the early lead in the presidential primary, but she couldn't hold it, so she had to settle for vice president, the job that no one wants in Washington because, as FDR's first VP said, the job is worth a warm bucket of spit. She gets little responsibility and power, she can't hog the spotlight, she always has to defer to the president, and her only hope in life is, basically, her boss getting chest pains.

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    Speaking of which, that moment when she poked her head back in the situation room with a wistful look in her eyes was fantastic.

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    So, apparently BBC America decided to bleep The Thick Of It, even though it was airing at midnight. Why bother airing it at all? It's like airing a porn film and cutting the sex scenes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ginger Yellow View Post
    It's like airing a porn film and cutting the sex scenes.
    What, you mean industrial training videos?

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