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Veep Season 7 Production Postponed for Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Cancer Treatment, Ep Confirms

Veep Season 7 Production Postponed for Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Cancer Treatment, Ep Confirms
Veep won’t continue its time in office until its leading lady is ready to do so, an executive producer for the HBO comedy said Wednesday.

Speaking during Sirius Xm’s Press Pool, Ep Frank Rich mentioned that production on the series was scheduled to have started by now, but that work on the seventh and final season wouldn’t move forward until star Julia Louis-Dreyfus was ready — confirming what TVLine reported in September after Louis-Dreyfus revealed that she’d been diagnosed with breast cancer.

RelatedVeep to End With Season 7

“The good news is that I have the most
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Returns To Work Amid Cancer Battle As ‘Veep’ Co-Stars Show Her Love In Heartfelt Video

She’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus, hear her roar! The 56-year-old actress announced last month that she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but on Thursday, she was back to work. Sharing a tweet from showrunner David Mandel that showed the script for the first episode of the final season of “Veep”, Louis-Dreyfus wrote: “It was a fantastic script read by an amazing […]
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Returns to Work Amid Cancer Battle as 'Veep' Co-Stars Show Her Love in Heartfelt Video

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Returns to Work Amid Cancer Battle as 'Veep' Co-Stars Show Her Love in Heartfelt Video
She's Julia Louis-Dreyfus, hear her roar!

The 56-year-old actress announced last month that she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but on Thursday, she was back to work.

Sharing a tweet from showrunner David Mandel that showed the script for the first episode of Veep's final season, Louis-Dreyfus wrote: "It was a fantastic script read by an amazing cast. Huge comfort and joy!"

The eight-time Emmy winner showed just how much "comfort and joy" she was receiving at work by posting a video of her co-stars, Tony Hale and Timothy Simons, doing an interpretive dance of sorts to Katy Perry's song, "Roar."

"My name is Tony and I will be playing the role of Julia Louis-Dreyfus," Hale says in the heartfelt, hilarious video.

More: Julia Louis-Dreyfus' 'Seinfeld' Co-Star Jason Alexander Tweets Support for Actress After Cancer Diagnosis

Simons chimes in, "Hello, Julia, my name is Tim and I will be playing the role of
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Says Veep Cast and Crew Are a 'Huge Comfort and Joy' After Cancer Diagnosis

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Says Veep Cast and Crew Are a 'Huge Comfort and Joy' After Cancer Diagnosis
The cast and crew of Veep are back to work.

On Wednesday, the cast of the HBO hit series did a table read for the first episode of the upcoming — and final — season. Executive producer and showrunner David Mandel later posted a picture of the script’s front page on Twitter, saying they had a “pretty fun day.”

“It was a fantastic script read by an amazing cast,” responded star Julia Louis- Dreyfus. “Huge comfort and joy!”

It was a fantastic script read by an amazing cast. Huge comfort and joy! https://t.co/VX57gmiegb

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) October 20, 2017

The 56-year-old actress,
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‘Veep’ Showrunner Regrets ‘Not Booing and Walking Out’ on Sean Spicer’s Emmys Gag

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‘Veep’ Showrunner Regrets ‘Not Booing and Walking Out’ on Sean Spicer’s Emmys Gag
Some people found Sean Spicer’s self-deprecating skit at the Emmys to be funny. “Veep” showrunner David Mandel was not one of them. “I’m mad at myself for not booing and walking out,” he told EW. “I found it disgusting. Being in a comedy bit does not make him innocent of his crimes … He was up there making light of lies he told the American people.” Mandel’s star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who on Sunday won her record sixth Emmy award (in six tries) for playing Selina Meyer, saw it the same way. “I don’t think it’s cute,
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‘The Mayor’ Review: ‘Hamilton’ Alum’s Trump-Adjacent Political Sitcom Gets Off to an Inspiring Start

‘The Mayor’ Review: ‘Hamilton’ Alum’s Trump-Adjacent Political Sitcom Gets Off to an Inspiring Start
Veep” is the best comedy on television, as attested by the 2017 Emmys and confirmed by IndieWire’s substantial critical authority, and its quickly approaching series finale will mark a great loss to television. The way in which David Mandel and Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ sword-swinging satirical attack on our corrupt national leaders stabs and skewers every last power-hungry politician is a service of the utmost importance when anger is running high.

But in addition to a series that satisfies American bloodlust for the blowhards on Capital Hill, those same viewers need to believe in politicians. We need a show to encourage that belief, and the current climate — which can be described as tumultuous at best — only emphasizes said point.

Enter ABC’s “The Mayor,” a comedy built around inspiring characters who not only serve as the inverse to HBO’s emotionally deadened D.C. politicos, but who remind us there is still good in this world,
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‘The Mayor’ Review: ‘Hamilton’ Alum’s Trump-Adjacent Political Sitcom Gets Off to an Inspiring Start

‘The Mayor’ Review: ‘Hamilton’ Alum’s Trump-Adjacent Political Sitcom Gets Off to an Inspiring Start
Veep” is the best comedy on television, as attested by the 2017 Emmys and confirmed by IndieWire’s substantial critical authority, and its quickly approaching series finale will mark a great loss to television. The way in which David Mandel and Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ sword-swinging satirical attack on our corrupt national leaders stabs and skewers every last power-hungry politician is a service of the utmost importance when anger is running high.

But in addition to a series that satisfies American bloodlust for the blowhards on Capital Hill, those same viewers need to believe in politicians. We need a show to encourage that belief, and the current climate — which can be described as tumultuous at best — only emphasizes said point.

Enter ABC’s “The Mayor,” a comedy built around inspiring characters who not only serve as the inverse to HBO’s emotionally deadened D.C. politicos, but who remind us there is still good in this world,
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Emmys: 'Veep' Boss' $1,000 Bet and More Inside References Explained

Why does Veep boss David Mandel owe Silicon Valley executive producer Alec Berg $1,000? Does the Emmy statuette really hold an atom of boron? What's the connection between Andre Braugher and Sterling K. Brown? Why did Dave Chappelle shout out D.C. public schools? What's South Asian Youth Action? And who is Hiro Murai?

These are just some of the questions that Emmy viewers, especially ones who don't work in or closely follow the entertainment industry, may have had as host Stephen Colbert, presenters and winners made references to lesser-known facts and public figures.

Read on to find out the stories...
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Emmys 2017 Acceptance Speeches: Were Certain Winners Cut Off Too Soon? Analyzing the Numbers

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Emmys 2017 Acceptance Speeches: Were Certain Winners Cut Off Too Soon? Analyzing the Numbers
One of the more eyebrow-raising moments of the 69th annual Emmy Awards came when Sterling K. Brown, accepting the award for Best Actor in a Drama (the first time the Emmy had gone to an African-American man since Andre Braugher in 1998, whom Brown name-checked), was cut off mid-speech. It’s a pattern familiar to those who watch awards shows, especially given that the award was one of the last of the night. But exactly how long had Brown been talking at that point? And how did the length of his speech compare to others of the evening?

IndieWire crunched the numbers and has the answers. We clocked the runtimes for each acceptance speech (as hosted on CBS’s official YouTube page), beginning our timer with the first word or “Ummmm” spoken into the microphone, listing them in ascending order of length. There’s no explicit pattern to why a speech
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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Breaks the Emmy Awards Streaming Barrier, One of Several Records Shattered This Year

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Breaks the Emmy Awards Streaming Barrier, One of Several Records Shattered This Year
The streaming TV biz passed the ultimate Emmy threshold on Sunday night, as Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” made history.

“Handmaid’s Tale” picked up the win for outstanding drama series, which represents the first time a streaming service had one won of the top Emmy series prizes. It was just four years ago, in 2013, that Netflix became the first streaming platform to win an Emmy, as “House of Cards” picked up a handful of victories.

“Streaming has arrived, and we’re here to say what a wonderful journey,” said “Handmaid’s Tale” executive producer Warren Littlefield. Added exec producer Bruce Miller: “The way Hulu handled our show, they were bold and behind us and committed to making something interesting.”

The fact that Hulu was the first to land a top Emmy series prize, rather than Netflix, is a bit surprising, as Netflix came into this year’s
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‘Veep’ Sees Third Comedy Series Emmy Win in Penultimate Season

‘Veep’ Sees Third Comedy Series Emmy Win in Penultimate Season
Comedy legends Norman Lear and Carol Burnett presented Emmy award for best comedy series, which went for the third time to “Veep” — a comedy legend in its own right.

HBO’s political satire sealed its third consecutive best comedy series win. The series stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the scheming, amoral politician Selina Meyer, a former vice president and president, and her coterie of handlers and political strategists.

“I’m out of a job,” said “Veep” showrunner David Mandel, referring to the fact that the show will end after its seventh season in 2018.

Mandel also said the show had considered an impeachment storyline, but were afraid “somebody else might get to it first.”

Mandel brought the show’s massive team and cast onstage, and also thanked the show’s creator and former showrunner Armando Iannucci.

Louis-Dreyfus also set a new Emmy record with six consecutive wins for the same role.

Veep” was this year’s most nominated comedy
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Veep Wins Outstanding Comedy Series at 2017 Emmys, Thanks "Trump White House"

Veep Wins Outstanding Comedy Series at 2017 Emmys, Thanks
Veep's done it again. The HBO comedy starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus won Outstanding Comedy Series at the 2017 Emmys. Veep, which will return for a seventh and final season, beat out newcomer Atlanta, ABC's old standby Modern Family, Netflix's Master of None and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, ABC's standout black-ish and fellow HBO comedy Silicon Valley. Showrunner David Mandel accepted the award. Louis-Dreyfus took home her sixth Emmy for playing Selina Meyer earlier in the night. "Thank you, I'm out of a job, i guess we all are, so if anyone hears of anything–i'm looking for movie work, but i'll do television. I did want to…sorry, that was for best writing… I was going to...
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Producers of ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Veep’ and ‘Sherlock’ Bask in Emmy Success at TV Academy Reception

Producers of ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Veep’ and ‘Sherlock’ Bask in Emmy Success at TV Academy Reception
On Thursday, producers of some of this year’s Emmy-nominated television programs gathered at the Montage Beverly Hills hotel for a red carpet and reception. Among the attendees were Matt and Ross Duffer, creators of “Stranger Things”; Billy Eichner, creator and host of “Billy on the Street”; Steven Moffat, one of the creators and producers of “Sherlock”; and producers on HBO’s Emmy favorite “Veep.”

While popular political comedy “Veep” recently announced that its upcoming seventh season will be its last, producer David Mandel said that the decision came down to doing justice to the show’s story — despite the show’s increased relevance in today’s political landscape.

“We knew the end was near, give it one or two years. The wonderful thing about the show is that it was always about the story. There was a moment when we asked, ‘Can we stretch it?’ and the answer is no.”

Mandel
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Clerks - an unlikely multimedia franchise

Mark Harrison Sep 28, 2017

How a 1994 indie hit from Kevin Smith gave birth to an unlikely franchise...

In 1993, Kevin Smith made a movie. Clerks was shot in black and white over the course of three weeks, at night, in the convenience store where Smith worked during the day, on a shoestring budget of $27,575. Smith funded the film himself by dipping into his savings, selling all his comics and maxing out several credit cards.

Even though it became an indie phenomenon when it was picked up by Bob and Harvey Weinstein's Miramax (who gave it a new soundtrack using a post-production budget that was ten times the cost of principal photography) at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, it doesn't have 'franchise starter' written all over it.

Long considered a Gen X touchstone, Clerks is a funny and filthy slice of life movie, which equates a working day for Dante Hicks (Brian O'Halloran) to his namesake's Inferno.
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Emmys: 'Master of None' Star Lena Waithe Gets Standing Ovation for Best Writing Win, Thanks Lgbtq Community

Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe won the Emmy for best writing for a comedy series on Sunday night for Master of None.

The writers beat out Donald Glover for Atlanta ("B.A.N"), Stephen Glover for Atlanta ("Streets on Lock"), Alec Berg for Silicon Valley ("Success Failure"), Billy Kimball for Veep ("Georgia") and David Mandel for Veep ("Groundbreaking").

Waithe took to the podium to accept the award on behalf of the co-writing duo, who received a standing ovation for their win. The actress began her speech by thanking her mother for inspiring the "Thanksgiving" episode, on which her character comes out as...
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‘Veep’ Creator Armando Iannucci Won’t Return For The Finale, And Has Now Entirely Quit Political Satire Because of Trump

‘Veep’ Creator Armando Iannucci Won’t Return For The Finale, And Has Now Entirely Quit Political Satire Because of Trump
Armando Iannucci feels like he dodged a bullet. The creator of HBO’s political satire “Veep” left the show after its fourth season, before anyone knew that Donald Trump would become president. Now, he’s not sure if he would know how to write jokes about a D.C. establishment that has become a real-life parody. “I’m kind of relieved, I really am,” the British writer-director told IndieWire in Toronto, where his new movie, “The Death of Stalin,” is premiering in the festival’s Platform section.

“What can you do and say that hasn’t already been said and done by him? Personally, I just find it difficult to be funny about him,” Iannucci said. “I can only be frustrated and flabbergasted by him. Outraged.”

That’s a strong statement from one of the preeminent writers of political dysfunction. Iannucci rose to prominence as the creator of the BBC comedy “The Thick of It,
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‘Veep’ Creator Armando Iannucci Won’t Return For The Finale, And Has Now Entirely Quit Political Satire Because of Trump

‘Veep’ Creator Armando Iannucci Won’t Return For The Finale, And Has Now Entirely Quit Political Satire Because of Trump
Armando Iannucci feels like he dodged a bullet. The creator of HBO’s political satire “Veep” left the show after its fourth season, before anyone knew that Donald Trump would become president. Now, he’s not sure if he would know how to write jokes about a D.C. establishment that has become a real-life parody. “I’m kind of relieved, I really am,” the British writer-director told IndieWire in Toronto, where his new movie, “The Death of Stalin,” is premiering in the festival’s Platform section.

“What can you do and say that hasn’t already been said and done by him? Personally, I just find it difficult to be funny about him,” Iannucci said. “I can only be frustrated and flabbergasted by him. Outraged.”

That’s a strong statement from one of the preeminent writers of political dysfunction. Iannucci rose to prominence as the creator of the BBC comedy “The Thick of It,
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HBO’s ‘Veep’ to Step Down After 7 Seasons

HBO’s ‘Veep’ to Step Down After 7 Seasons
Selina Meyers is finally conceding, and Veep is ending after seven seasons on the air on HBO. The sardonic Emmy Award-winning comedy starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the foul-mouthed presidential hopeful, which just finished airing its sixth season this June, will resign after season 7 airs in 2018. Louis-Dreyfus and Veep showrunner David Mandel confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that only one season […]

The post HBO’s ‘Veep’ to Step Down After 7 Seasons appeared first on /Film.
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HBO's 'Veep' to End After Season 7

HBO's 'Veep' to End After Season 7
Veep, one of television's greatest shows, will come to an end next year, The Hollywood Reporter reports. On Wednesday, HBO announced the end to the award-winning series. It was a decision made by the show's producers, which includes the show's lead star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

"The decision to bring Veep to a close at the end of next season is bittersweet," HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys said in a statement, via Deadline. "We love the show and everyone involved but respect the producers' choice to bring Selina Meyer's journey to
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‘Veep’ Exit After Seven Seasons Marks The End of Another HBO Era

‘Veep’ Exit After Seven Seasons Marks The End of Another HBO Era
Veep” will end its run with its seventh season, which is now in production for a 2018 premiere. HBO made the surprise announcement on Wednesday afternoon.

The announcement of “Veep’s” final season comes on the eve of this year’s Primetime Emmy race, in which “Veep” is the favorite to win its third consecutive Outstanding Comedy Series award. Star Julia Louis-Dreyfus is also poised to shatter the record books with her sixth consecutive win for Outstanding Comedy Actress, making it the most Emmys won by a performer in the same role for the same series.

“The decision to bring ‘Veep to a close at the end of next season is bittersweet,” said Casey Bloys, president, HBO Programming. “We love the show and everyone involved but respect the producers’ choice to bring Selina Meyer’s journey to its conclusion after an extraordinary run of critical and award-winning acclaim. Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ comedic
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