‘Veep’ nominee Tony Hale and creator Armando Iannucci on being Emmy favorites to win [Exclusive Videos]

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On the day before the Emmys, “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci and acting nominee, Tony Hale spoke with Gold Derby about the show’s chances of winning Best Comedy Series. The HBO show is the frontrunner to prevail with 5/6 odds after a five-year run in the category by “Modern Family” (watch our fun interviews below).

At Saturday’s BAFTA tea party for Emmy nominees, Iannucci said, “I’m not thinking about it whatsoever because I find that I just enjoy all of this. And if we win that’s great.” This year will mark the final chance as a writer, director, and producer for “Veep” since he has now departed after four seasons.

At Saturday’s cocktail reception for Emmy nominees hosted by the TV academy, on hearing from Gold Derby that “Veep” is the lead position, Hale exclaimed, “What?! What?! Well, you guys are in the know.” Hale won his category of Best Comedy Supporting Actor two years ago and competes again on Sunday.

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