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Posted Wednesday 10/10/18 at 10:46PM EDT
Veep teases "Jonah for President"
Showrunner David Mandel tweeted an #imwithhim image of Timothy Simons' Jonah Ryan as a presidential candidate on the final season of the HBO comedy.
Posted Thursday 10/04/18 at 5:24PM EDT
Veep transforms a part of L.A.'s San Fernando Valley into the Iowa State Fair
Source: The New York Times
Showrunner David Mandel said it wasn’t hard to make Los Angeles look like Iowa, “as long as you don’t see palm trees or the mountains.”
Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 3:57AM EDT
If Veep was created today, President Trump would throw a wrench into the entire premise
"When Armando Iannucci created it, part of the idea was giving a peek behind the curtain of what politics are really like, saying this is what politicians are really like in private," says showrunner David Mandel. "None of that seems true anymore. There's no sense of that. We know exactly what (Trump's) like. Nothing's private. And so much of the humor was always like, Selina Meyers is the worst person that should ever be president and this is the stupidest staff you've ever seen. No longer true either. I guess if you were making Veep today from scratch as opposed to Season 7, I don't quite know what you would be saying. So that's sort of some of the problem we're dealing with in Season 7 and thinking about Veep, like these people were kind of terrible, but you learn to love them and you root for them."
Posted Wednesday 4/25/18 at 10:49PM EDT
Veep boss is rethinking his approach in the wake of President Trump
The Trump administration is "breaking new ground daily" in the areas Veep pioneered, says showrunner David Mandel. “I’m not sure there’s so much appetite for some of those stories,” he says, adding: “I’m definitely, for lack of a better word, rethinking a lot of things. Not specific stories but just people’s overall appetite for anything related to politics.” Mandel says he doesn't see Trump being a factor in the Veep world. “I do think that it’s possible that Donald Trump exists in the Veep universe,” Mandel says. “But I think he runs a shoe store on Long Island, and it’s not doing particularly well.”
Posted Thursday 2/08/18 at 6:30PM EST
Veep boss on the Trump White House: “Their writers are much better than ours, and they’ve already done the crazier storylines!”
Showrunner David Mandel gave an update on Julia Louis-Dreyfus — “I had coffee with her, and she’s doing great” — and spoke about the challenge of coming up with fresh storylines in the Trump era, especially when Veep might not return until a year from now. “The hope is that we can find things to mine out of this horrible situation and make fun of,” says Mandel. He adds: “Trump doesn’t exist in our world, but Iowa has completely changed now because of him. It’s going to be a completely different campaign process now because of him. We’re playing with a lot of those ideas in terms of the future.”
Posted Monday 9/25/17 at 1:26PM EDT
Julia Louis-Dreyfus and her Veep showrunner speak out against Sean Spicer’s “disgusting” Emmy cameo
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“I’m mad at myself for not booing and walking out,” says Veep’s David Mandel. “I found it disgusting.” Louis-Dreyfus adds: “I don’t think it’s cute. There’s nothing funny about Sean Spicer and what his actions have been and what his behavior has been about. Period.”