Reigning Emmy champ “Veep” returns to HBO on April 16 for its sixth season. To promote the premiere of this political satire, the cast and creative team took part in a panel at the SXSW Festival in Austin, TX on Monday. Joining Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who has won a record five Emmys in a row for playing politico Selina Meyer, were here co-stars Anna Chlumsky, Gary Cole, Tony Hale, Sam Richardson, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons and Matt Walsh. Also on the panel moderated by NBC newsman Chuck Todd was writer-producer David Mandel.
With Meyer no longer the commander-in-chief, speculation was rife as to what would become of her. Teased Mandel, “Don’t be surprised if Selina signs a book deal, though probably for not so much money. We have all these former presidents out there: Jimmy Carter doing humanitarian work, there’s the Clinton Foundation.”
However, according to Louis-Dreyfus, who is also an executive producer, one president that you won’t hear mentioned is the current one. “I don’t want to do Trump stuff. We’ve set up this premise for the show that’s an alternative political universe.”
She is excited at reinventing the show once again, even if it makes a mockery of the show’s title. “We found a way to do it in Season 3 when Selina becomes president and we’ve found a way to do it again.” And she is already committed to a seventh season of the show, which will begin filming in the fall.
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