Following tonight’s series finale, is there really any chance for a Veep season 8 to come on the air? File this under something we want … but something that we probably won’t get.
After all, there is a reason why we said “series finale” here as opposed to just “season.” We’ve had a really fun time diving in and exploring the various ins and outs of this series, let alone its oddball (and probably more realistic than we care to imagine) take on the political process. Unfortunately, sometimes good shows must end, and they also sometimes end before you want them to. There could’ve been another couple seasons of this show easily, but seven seasons was clearly deemed to be enough to be able to explore these characters. Everyone now gets a chance to do some other stuff, but the memories they’ve made (and in some cases, the Emmys that they’ve won) will last forever.
While we don’t foresee a Veep season 8 ever happening, we do still think that there is a shot that the show could have a second life in some other shape or form — take, for example, Julia Louis-Dreyfus bringing back Selina Meyer for a one-off on Saturday Night Live or another actor playing the character for some sort of other HBO promo. There’s no reason to think that we have to depart this world forever, though you also don’t want to come back and do anything that is going to taint the show’s legacy.
If there is anything new that comes out about the future of Veep beyond what we know right now, we will certainly let you know — for now, though, this is clearly a strange time when it comes to comedy at HBO. The network is losing their most critically-acclaimed show and moving forward now, Silicon Valley also faces an uncertain future. while we know that Barry is still on the air and it could have some steam for a while, we don’t ever want to feel too confident that a show is going to stick around forever. HBO doesn’t often let their comedies run forever; Vice Principals is a great example of that.
In general, though, we think that HBO should probably steer clear of the political realm for a while, mostly because there’s no reason for them to try to emulate Veep. If they ever do come back, we’d recommend they find some other sort of DC political occupation that often isn’t focused on — take, for example, being a lobbyist, or maybe a member of the supreme court. While these are all serious jobs, it feels pretty clear at this point that there is a lot of room to mine some comedic gold from such places.
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