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Wrong num­ber: Things aren’t go­ing Selina Meyer’s (Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus) way in sea­son six of Veep.

It’s a sharp shock be­ing dropped back into nor­mal­ity for ousted pres­i­dent Selina Meyer in sea­son six of Veep, writes Claire Hen­der­son

Find­ing the funny side in the dys­func­tion of Amer­i­can pol­i­tics is some­thing award­win­ning US satire Veep ex­cels at, and it makes a nice dis­trac­tion from the state of its real-life equiv­a­lent. But fans be warned – ex­pect some big dif­fer­ences to the show’s win­ning for­mula in the new sea­son. It’s been a whole year in Veep-land since sea­son five ended, so what ex­actly has changed? Quite a lot, it seems … the big­gest be­ing we’re not in Wash­ing­ton any more. We left Pres­i­dent-for-a-mo­ment Selina Meyer (Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus) just af­ter her cat­a­strophic elec­tion loss, which saw her be­ing ousted from of­fice, and let’s just say she hasn’t taken too well to be­ing forced into reg­u­lar civil­ian life. Sea­son six opens on the an­niver­sary of that fate­ful day, and ex-Pres­i­dent Meyer looks un­com­fort­able as she forces a big smile while Deputy Direc­tor of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Dan Egan (Reid Scott) in­ter­views her about how the past year has treated her for his new TV gig on CBS This Morn­ing. She is on the cusp of re-emerg­ing into the pub­lic eye af­ter go­ing into hid­ing in New York, spend­ing her time in a “spa” (her code word for a ner­vous break­down) and re­unit­ing with her not-very- The prob­lem is that to Selina this is a whole dif­fer­ent world to Wash­ing­ton – “I mean, se­ri­ously, this is the worst place they’ve ever stuffed an ex-Pres­i­dent – and I’m in­clud­ing JFK’s cof­fin” – and the team are all strug­gling to play this new game. So where did ev­ery­one else end up?

“The prob­lem is that to Selina this is a whole dif­fer­ent world to Wash­ing­ton … and the team are all strug­gling to play this new game.”

lik­able ex-hus­band, An­drew Meyer (David Pasquesi). With the help of de­voted aide Gary (Tony Hale) and sur­prise new aide Richard Splett (Sam Richard­son), an in­dig­nant Selina has been try­ing to land lu­cra­tive speak­ing en­gage­ments to earn some cash while work­ing out of an of­fice in the South Bronx. “This sea­son, it sort of fol­lows the char­ac­ters as they go off in their dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions,” Scott ex­plains in a re­cent in­ter­view. To start with, Selina’s straight-talk­ing former se­nior ad­viser Amy (Anna Ch­lum­sky) is at the helm of her fi­ancé Buddy’s (Matt Oberg) cam­paign to be gov­er­nor of Ne­vada, former se­nior strate­gist Kent (Gary Cole) is work­ing for Con­gress­man Jonah (Ti­mothy Si­mons), and Jonah is try­ing to get sym­pa­thy votes by go­ing into hid­ing af­ter his tes­tic­u­lar cancer goes into re­mis­sion. As Selina of­ten says, “Pol­i­tics is about peo­ple”, but Veep has kept well away from real-life peo­ple in pol­i­tics, so don’t ex­pect any Trump ref­er­ences. “We set up an al­ter­nate re­al­ity. We don’t have any real-life celebri­ties, jour­nal­ists, and frankly, in terms of ac­tual po­lit­i­cal his­tory, we don’t ref­er­ence any­one be­yond Rea­gan,” Louis-Drey­fus said in an in­ter­view. So, will Selina make her way back into the VP of­fice? Or will she take time out from pol­i­tics? Watch this space. There might be lots of change but fans will not be dis­ap­pointed with this hi­lar­i­ous, sharp-tongued, fast­paced new sea­son.

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