Tonight, the season finale of “Veep” is set to air on HBO, and we are moving somewhat into an uncertain future. Sure, there is a fifth season that has been ordered already, but it will be one that does not have Armando Iannucci at the helm for the first time. The prolific writer / showrunner is deeply ingrained into the fabric of the show, and he is departing mostly because trying to live in the United Kingdom and America at alternating times of the year has proven to be very difficult.
Of course, HBO is doing everything that it can to ensure that the show still has a prosperous future. They have already hired a replacement in David Mandel, who is at least familiar to the network and its brand of comedy thanks to “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” He is as qualified a person as you are going to find for the role, but it is still difficult. Comedies with different showrunners sometimes struggle; there is a reason why “Community” brought back Dan Harmon after one disappointing season.
With that being said, we feel like “Veep” is going to more than fine. Iannucci will be missed, but there have been many writers and producers who studied under him and know his style very well at this point. Also, you still have Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who anchors this show in a way that very few can, and a stellar supporting cast that includes Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Gary Cole, and many more. It’s one of the best group of performers any show could hope for.
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