SATIRE SINGS SWAN SONG

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

GAMEofThro­nes isn’t the only ap­point­ment TV se­ries we will be bid­ding farewell to in 2019. The truly bril­liant Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus (pic­tured) and her Veep cast­mates will be ex­it­ing the White House af­ter a fi­nal sea­son of seven episodes, kicking off tonight. Con­trary to sage ad­vice, Selina Meyer (Louis-Drey­fus) has de­cided to take a third tilt at se­cur­ing the top job in the US and this time she is squar­ing her vote strat­egy at “real Amer­i­cans”. Mean­while, Jonah Ryan (the king of goof, played ex­pertly by Ti­mothy Si­mons) is also on the hus­tings. His big is­sue band­wagon – an at­tempt to win anti-vaxxer votes – will strike a re­sound­ing chord with Aus­tralian fans for its top­i­cal­ity. “You have the sec­ond­low­est vac­ci­na­tion rate in the na­tion,” the hap­less politico tells a gath­er­ing. “When I am elected pres­i­dent, you will be No. 1!” Veep has al­ways cut so very close to the bone with its ex­quis­ite writ­ing, although it may have lost some fans along the way with all those naughty swear words. In an era where west­ern po­lit­i­cal lead­ers em­ploy fear-mon­ger­ing and dog-whistling to keep their jobs, Veep gives frus­trated vot­ers char­ac­ters they can laugh at, even as we ap­pre­ci­ate the sit­u­a­tions it satirises are all too real. Meyer re­mains the bad win­ner and sor­est of losers in the fi­nal sea­son, with Louis-Drey­fus warn­ing fans there will be no evo­lu­tion or epiphany for the char­ac­ter. If only pol­i­tics was this damn funny.

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