HBO Gives Green Light To Comedy Series Starring Veteran of ‘Seinfeld’; One Exec. Producer on Show is Frank Rich, the Former NY Times Theater Critic and Columnist

Apr 18, 2011  •  Post A Comment

HBO has given the green light to a series starring one of the former stars of the sitcom hit "Seinfeld,’ our friend Nellie Andreeva reports for Deadline.com.

According to the article. "Julia Louis-Dreyfus is returning to primetime, this time on cable. HBO has picked up to series ‘Veep,’ the D.C.-set comedy pilot from British comedian, writer and director Armando Iannucci, which stars the Seinfeld alumna." Louis-Dreyfus’ latest series has been CBS’ "The New Adventures of Old Christine."

The article continues, "Set ‘very near the White House,’ Veep centers on former Sen. Selina Meyer (Louis-Dreyfus), who becomes Vice President only to discover that the job is nothing like she expected and everything everyone ever warned her about." The series is expected to debut on HBO in 2012.

Interesting, Andreeva adds, "Iannucci co-wrote and directed the pilot. He executive produces the series with Chris Godsick and New York magazine’s Frank Rich, who has a deal with HBO."

From 1980 through 1993, Rich was the chief theatre critic for The New York Times, and was a columnist for them after that. It’s been announced that he’ll be moving to New York magazine in June. Before joining the Times in 1980, he was a film critc at Time magazine, the New York Post and New York magazine. 


  1. If Frank Rich is producing, they have a fool for a producer. The man wouldn’t know a good television show if it hit him in his large backside. But I guess HBO’s new direction will be a retirement home for fired NYT reporters.

  2. Wow, that’s harsh. Frank, I don’t know you, but good luck. Everyone deserves a chance in a new creative undertaking. JBG is a fool. Seems like he has sour grapes or is trying to settle an old score. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a true star. Sounds like a funny premise. Best of luck, Frank Rich!!

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