HBO has anointed a new showrunner for its acclaimed comedy series “Veep,” with the show’s creator, Armando Iannucci, leaving the series after four seasons, The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports.
Taking over will be David Mandel of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” the story reports. The move will reunite Mandel with “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, after Mandel worked with her for three years on “Seinfeld.” Mandel also has “The Simpsons” and “Saturday Night Live” on his resume.
In a statement, an HBO rep said: “We have had conversations with Armando for some time about the challenges of maintaining his family life in London and producing a show in the States. Armando is not replaceable but we are confident that ‘Veep’ will continue to be produced at the highest levels with new showrunner David Mandel. David has worked with HBO for many years as executive producer, writer and director for ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm.'”
Veep’s fourth season premieres Sunday. A renewal for season five has not been officially made yet, but it’s considered to be just a formality for the high-profile and heavily awarded show. Among its many accolades are three consecutive Emmys, from 2012-2014, for Louis-Dreyfus in her lead role. The show was also nominated all three years for Outstanding Comedy Series.