HBO has announced that season six of its political satire “Veep” will premiere on Sunday, April 16, at 10:30pm. The new season will consist of 10 episodes, as has every season save the first, which was eight episodes long.
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“Veep” left viewers in limbo at the end of season five, when Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) lost the US presidency after a shocking tie in the Electoral College. Will she find her way back into national politics, or will “Veep” suddenly turn into “Private Citizen”? And how will the satire compete with the real-life political madness of President Donald Trump?
There was some concern about the future of the show following the exit of showrunner Armando Iannucci at the end of season four, but David Mandel took the reins in season five and the show was no worse for wear, earning equal critical acclaim and winning it second consecutive Emmy for Best Comedy Series. Louis-Dreyfus also won Best Comedy Actress again at the Emmys last year — her record-setting fifth victory in a row. Will both she and the show defend their titles?
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More recently Julia Louis-Dreyfus won Best TV Comedy Actress at the SAG Awards — her second win for “Veep” and her seventh overall — and the season five finale, “Inauguration,” won the DGA Award for Best Directorial Achievement in Comedy.