Life be­yond the White House

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Pay Television - Veep,

Veep After the US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, sea­son six of Veep, among the most scathing come­dies on TV, is shap­ing up as a melan­choly yet happy ac­ci­dent. Hav­ing been un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously dumped after just one year in the White House — and for an­other fe­male can­di­date at that — Selina Meyer (Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus) is at a loose end, wor­ry­ing about her le­gacy while also mulling an­other run at the of­fice and schem­ing for a pres­i­den­tial li­brary of her own. Her de­voted as­sis­tant Gary (Tony Hale) is still hov­er­ing over her shoul­der with hand cream and un­wanted ad­vice, though her other staff and ad­vis­ers have scat­tered to the four winds (the ma­jor­ity of the cast seems to have re­turned, with spe­cial guest Stephen Fry pop­ping up as an op­po­si­tion leader in Ge­or­gia — the coun­try, not the state).

Each char­ac­ter has a mem­o­rable in­tro­duc­tion to their own, out­landish post-Meyer pur­ga­to­ries that in­clude gu­ber­na­to­rial races, the Uber board­room, TV news pre­sent­ing and in­ept par­ent­hood. But this be­ing dys­func­tional, in­sid­e­the-belt­way US pol­i­tics, it’s only a mat­ter of time be­fore they grav­i­tate back like stressed-out moths to a flick­er­ing flame, to­wards their con­stantly fear­ful leader. Though cre­ator Ar­mando Ian­nucci is no longer in­volved with the show, the sta­ble of writ­ers and di­rec­tors from sea­son five has pre­served what makes Veep un­miss­able: it re­mains, de­fi­antly and ex­u­ber­antly, as out­ra­geously ob­scene and proudly off-colour as when it be­gan. Tellingly, there are no ref­er­ences to ac­tual politi­cians or real-world events. This is an almost her­met­i­cally sealed uni­verse of dys­func­tion, greed and self-serv­ing po­lit­i­cal skul­dug­gery that, up un­til very re­cently, stood far re­moved from what’s ap­par­ently ac­tu­ally go­ing on in Wash­ing­ton. Wed­nes­day, 8.30pm, Show­case

re­turns with Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus as Selina Meyer, a for­mer US vice-pres­i­dent fac­ing an un­cer­tain fu­ture

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