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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Is Bringing Some Oval Office Funny Back


Our favorite comedy gal is back with a new gig on premium TV and there's nothing “Old Christine” about it. Most notably known for her character Elaine Benes from “Seinfeld,” Julia Louis-Dreyfus is now slated to play the Vice President on a new HBO comedy series.

According to Entertainment Weekly, “HBO announced that it has ordered a new comedy called 'Veep' that’ll star Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Created by Armando Iannucci (In the Loop),'Veep' will begin production this fall in Baltimore for a 2012 debut.”

The premise of the show sounds pretty standard. Louis-Dreyfus struggles and fights her way to the top ultimately to fill the seat of former Senator Selina Meyer – who later becomes the Vice President – and, yup, you guessed it... the job is not what she expected. Let the comedy ensue.

So far, cast members also include the following name players: “Sufe Bradshaw (Overnight) the Vice President’s assistant; Anna Chlumsky (In the Loop) as her chief of staff, and Tony Hale (Arrested Development) as her right-hand man.”

In a statement made by HBO’s entertainment president Sue Naegle, she commented, “Armando Iannucci is a master of smart, savvy humor, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus is one of the sharpest comic actors around. We look forward to a memorable series from them and fellow executive producers Frank Rich and Christopher Godsick.” In response, Louis-Dreyfus remarked, “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.”

Well, so far it appears this show is anything but a show about nothing. In fact, it seems to have a lot of somethings. Chances are, if Julia is in it, it will turn to ratings gold. So congrats to Julia and all hail the new HBO series coming to a tube near you. Glad it's on Home Box... I always wanted to hear the Vice President swear. Oh... wait... hehe (reference point: Biden to Obama during the Health Care reform speech- “This is a big f**king deal.”)

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