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.