HBO has not decided to end Selina Meyer’s term as Vice-President anytime soon. In a statement on Wednesday, the network announced that they have picked up their top-rated comedy series “Veep” for a third collection of episodes, which will air at some point in the first half of 2014.
For those who follow the show, this was hardly a surprise. While it does not draw the same press as the Lena Dunham series “Girls,” “Veep” does draw more viewers, even if it is in part helped from the fact that it comes on straight after “Game of Thrones.” It also boasts the sort of thing that just about every premium network loves to have: A biting bit of satire from an actor (Julia Louis-Dreyfus, in this case) who is considered to be a legend in their craft.
“Veep” earned Louis-Dreyfus a Primetime Emmy Award last year for Actress in a Comedy Series, which has to be one of the more competitive fields on TV moving into this coming awards season. Not only do you have her and Dunham competing, but there is also the A-list lineup of Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”), Tina Fey (the final season of “30 Rock”), Zooey Deschanel (“New Girl”), and then some possible nominees such as Laura Dern (“Enlightened”), Mary-Louise Parker (the final season of “Weeds”), Kat Dennings (“2 Broke Girls”), and Kaley Cuoco (“The Big Bang Theory”). It’s not easy to be top-lining a comedy these days as a woman if you want to be recognized, as this category is far outshining the men.
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