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Old 04-19-11, 11:43 PM
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Veep -- New HBO Series (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) -- Season 1 Thread -- 4/22/12

In yet another American remake of a great British comedy series, we'll soon be enjoying Julia Louis-Dreyfus starring in Veep, which is a remake of the the BBC series The Thick of It, about the machinations of a politician's office.

The bad news? It's about a female American vice-president. The original series is about a government minister's office. I'm not sure changing it to such an prominent/important figure is wise. The good news? Armando Iannucci, the man behind the original series, and writer/director of some of the greatest things in British comedy including Alan Partridge, is developing the show and directed the pilot. More good news? It's on HBO, so whomever the equivalent of Malcolm Tucker is going to be, they should have free reign to hurl expletives just like on the original. Of interest: Anna Chlumsky is making the transition from the film version of The Thick of It (In The Loop), and Arrested Development's Buster Bluth (Tony Hale) will also star.

Looking over the IMDB page, I wonder if the Malcolm character will be "Mike McClintock", played by Matt Walsh of Upright Citizen's Brigade fame.

With Iannucci involved, and it being on HBO, I'm hoping it doesn't get cartoonized like so many other British imports.

http://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2011/0...s_network_vote
Old 04-20-11, 02:01 AM
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Re: Veep (US remake of The Thick Of It)

I'll remain doubtful

In the Loop was excellent, The Thick of it is sensational. There's no way this can translate.

the Malcolm character simply won't work on HBO or any other US Network.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX5GN0_UuZQ
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Re: Veep (US remake of The Thick Of It)

Originally Posted by BadlyDrawnBoy View Post
I'll remain doubtful

In the Loop was excellent, The Thick of it is sensational. There's no way this can translate.

the Malcolm character simply won't work on HBO or any other US Network.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX5GN0_UuZQ
The character would work fine on HBO, I can't think of a single reason why it wouldn't, the show as a whole probably just won't make the transition fully intact. I like Matt Walsh, but can't see him bringing the kind of asshole intensity needed for that role.

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Re: Veep (US remake of The Thick Of It)

Anna Chlumsky is looking good

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Re: Veep (US remake of The Thick Of It)

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Re: Veep (US remake of The Thick Of It)

Originally Posted by BadlyDrawnBoy View Post
the Malcolm character simply won't work on HBO or any other US Network.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX5GN0_UuZQ
Why wouldn't that work on HBO?
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Veep -- New HBO Series (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) -- "Fundraiser" -- 4/22/12

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Synopsis:

Spoiler:
In the premiere of this comedy following the public and private lives of U.S. vice president Selina Meyer and her staff, the office goes into damage-control mode to deal with a pair of gaffes that could tarnish her already suspect reputation.


8 episodes ordered

1 1/2 minute trailer:

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Promo:

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Really looking forward to this one. The promos have been funny and it's funny hearing Dreyfus curse and use F bombs.
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re: Veep -- New HBO Series (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) -- Season 1 Thread -- 4/22/12

Yeah, I heard there are over 25 F bombs in the first episode. Awesome.
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re: Veep -- New HBO Series (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) -- Season 1 Thread -- 4/22/12

Been looking forward to this also.
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even after just 10 minutes, this show is fucking hilarious. If it stays this good, I smell an Emmy nod for Best Comedy
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"she's got a small mustache, it's a little disturbing, don't stare at it"
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re: Veep -- New HBO Series (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) -- Season 1 Thread -- 4/22/12

"so this has been pencil fucked"

I like too that this isn't like "what if Sarah Palin really became VP"
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re: Veep -- New HBO Series (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) -- Season 1 Thread -- 4/22/12

It's about time Julia Louis-Dreyfus got an HBO show. I remember years ago noticing that the early single-camera episodes of Watching Ellie had an HBO-like feel to them and thinking back then that she really should be on a show on HBO, and not network TV.
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re: Veep -- New HBO Series (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) -- Season 1 Thread -- 4/22/12

Originally Posted by dhmac View Post
It's about time Julia Louis-Dreyfus got an HBO show. I remember years ago noticing that the early single-camera episodes of Watching Ellie had an HBO-like feel to them and thinking back then that she really should be on a show on HBO, and not network TV.
I didn't care for "New Christine" personally, it just had that CBS-sitcom vibe. I loved Watching Ellie. I remember when they brought it back and re-tooled it and it wasn't the same.

I watch anything with Seinfeld stars in it but giving the glowing reviews here I'll check out Veep for sure.
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re: Veep -- New HBO Series (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) -- Season 1 Thread -- 4/22/12

Didn't care for this at all. I didn't find it funny, the dialogue was more annoying than clever, and there wasn't one likeable character.
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re: Veep -- New HBO Series (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) -- Season 1 Thread -- 4/22/12

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Didn't care for this at all. I didn't find it funny, the dialogue was more annoying than clever, and there wasn't one likeable character.
You are so right. I nearly turned it off after 10 mins. It's going for a West Wing meets Arrested Development vibe and fails miserably. Terrible show.
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re: Veep -- New HBO Series (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) -- Season 1 Thread -- 4/22/12

I'm in the camp that didn't like it.

I'm sad they got rid of How To Make It in America for this.
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re: Veep -- New HBO Series (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) -- Season 1 Thread -- 4/22/12

Horrible.

What a huge disappointment.
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re: Veep -- New HBO Series (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) -- Season 1 Thread -- 4/22/12

I'll pile on. Wasn't funny. Wasn't that clever. Nobody likable. Didn't enjoy it and I love JLD usually. I'm out. I'll be going to bed after Game Of Thrones and catching Girls on-demand on Monday from now on.
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re: Veep -- New HBO Series (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) -- Season 1 Thread -- 4/22/12

Well there went all the glowing reviews.
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re: Veep -- New HBO Series (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) -- Season 1 Thread -- 4/22/12

^i would say never judge a show just by its pilot. Remember, the pilot for entourage had most people complaining that 'none of the characters were likeable" and "its like they got guys from a beer commercial and put them all in a show" lol
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re: Veep -- New HBO Series (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) -- Season 1 Thread -- 4/22/12

I thought the pilot was terrible. All the cursing seemed forced to me than just natural conversation. It reminded me of when I saw Bob Saget's stand up for the first time. While it was kind of funny the cursing seemed out of place.

I'll give it a few more episodes to be fair.
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I am a huge Julia Louis-Dreyfuss fan, but the pilot episode just wasn't funny at all. I'll give a few episodes, cause its after Game of Thrones and only a half an hour.
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re: Veep -- New HBO Series (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) -- Season 1 Thread -- 4/22/12

Didn't care for it. I'll give it another episode or two before I decide to bail or stick with it.
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re: Veep -- New HBO Series (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) -- Season 1 Thread -- 4/22/12

I enjoyed it. I loved "The Thick of It" and "In the Loop," so I came in a little predisposed to liking the show. The dialog didn't flow as naturally as it did in "The Thick of It" and "In the Loop," and I'll agree that much of the swearing seemed forced, but I still enjoyed it.

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