Premiere Date: TBD
Starring: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Matt Walsh, Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Gary Cole
When Veep showrunner Armando Iannucci stepped down and David Mandel (Curb Your Enthusiasm) took over for season five, some worried the show would lose its perfectly calibrated tragicomic tone. Miraculously, though, Mandel took the already brilliantly written and performed series to new heights: Veep felt as relevant and cutting as ever, showcasing in ridiculous fashion the damage caused by politicians who choose partisanship over progress and how the incompetent losers always seem to win. The show also reminded us that it's getting harder to differentiate between a political satire on HBO and our real-life political landscape.
Season six will pick up with the now ex-Commander-in-Chief Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) having to vacate the White House after a campaign full of embarrassing Ls, political parlor tricks, and back-stabbing derailed her re-election. Louis-Dreyfus will get to bring all of Selina Meyer's trademark acidity and narcissism to her newfound quotidian existence, and we'll see her fumbling in her readjustment to civilian life as the ghosts of her political past haunt her. It sounds like the stage is set for Veep to play out like an R-rated version of The New Adventures of Old Christine mixed with the Shakespearian absurdity of Curb. —Erik Abriss