David Mandel and Julia Louis-Dreyfus on the group of HBO’s ‘Veep,’ that may end its run next season.
It’s bittersweet for star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, but she and showrunner David Mandel believe that the time is right and the ending makes sense.
Veep, HBO’s acclaimed humor, Emmy powerhouse and arguably the funniest funny on television, will end its run with a final seventh season in 2018.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus just called to share me the news, and I simply informed her she’s killing me. But it’s clear that she and fellow professional producer David Mandel thought long and hard about when it would be to say goodbye — next season? One from then on? — and they’ve allow story dictate a finale they could feel good about.
“It became clear that this season ought to be the previous season,” Louis-Dreyfus says. “We don’t want to replicate ourselves or wear out our welcome. The storyplot has a finality to it that feels end-of-series.”
It wasn’t a conclusion that came easily. “Let’s face it, it has been a role of a lifetime,” says Louis-Dreyfus, who is aware of something about good jobs, having played out Elaine Benes for nine months on Seinfeld. She has won a staggering five consecutive Emmys for remarkable lead celebrity for Veep which is up for a 6th this year. The show has been nominated for best series six consecutive seasons, winning the previous two in a row, as it minds into this year’s wedding ceremony on Sept. 17.
Independently, both Louis-Dreyfus and Mandel say that as they mapped out the arc of the 7th season, not repeating themselves and staying true to the often daring twists of the storyline were paramount. “It was just a very natural thing,” Mandel says. “We don’t want to replicate ourselves or be uninteresting. It’s bittersweet but it’s right.”
Mandel says all the major players on the show and HBO have kept in the back of their collective minds the notion of when and how to get rid of it. But the series has prolonged to shock. Created by Armando Iannucci, Veep began as a show in regards to a presidential hopeful who needs the vice leader position when offered. It grew to become about her being successful the presidency, losing it, wandering in a post-presidential world (previous season) and then deciding whether it’s a good notion or never to run for leader again (as season six twisted). The show, Mandel notes, was never held back by its title. It had been always motivated by the story and a fearless sense of going forward. Mandel took over jogging the show in season five and has, within the last two years, amplified and extended its greatness, something Louis-Dreyfus is quick to notice: “I’m very pleased with that simple fact. Dave hit it from the park.”
Casey Bloys, development president for HBO, says the channel is behind whatever Louis-Dreyfus, Mandel and the suppliers want to do but that, coming from the comedy development aspect before running all of programming, he is also feeling bittersweet: “I developed the show and I really like everybody in the ensemble.”
On her behalf part, Louis-Dreyfus was very thoughtful and wide open about the procedure of finishing something that plainly means a lot to her. And, of course, it wasn’t her first-time in this position. “I struggled with it,” she says. “And it just strike me. It’s hard to say goodbye to such a very important thing. We struggled with this at Seinfeld as well.”
All previous functions led up to this, Louis-Dreyfus said — you learn something and develop with each one — but playing Selina Meyer was (and is) the role of a lifetime. “I’m not kidding — I really feel this is my baby and I don’t want to clutter it up. I’d hate to end on the less-than note. That would make me nuts.”
Louis-Dreyfus records there’s another full 10-instance season still to take and experience, so looking too far in to the future isn’t something she’s considered much. “I’m not retiring, in the event that’s what you’re asking,” she says. “I like to work.” And her personality has been a quintessentially great character to manifest. “My favorite go-to thing about her is I love to fall back into Selina’s narcissism. It’s wonderful and it takes many forms.”
For his part, Mandel says he and freelance writers have destroyed all 10 episodes for the final season. Echoing Louis-Dreyfus, he says there is a finality to Selina’s trip. “If we needed five more [episodes], every person was available to five more.” Nonetheless it never came to that. They found their landing spot. Capturing for the final season will begin Oct. 16. Says Mandel: “I’m so fucking fired up for what we have on the board and for followers to see what we’ve grilled up.”