Washington - Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus returns to TV starring in the HBO political comedy "Veep." The new series highlights fictional character Selina Meyer as she moves from the Senate floor to the office of Vice President.
In "Veep," Dreyfus plays the role of a Vice President that almost immediately begins to realize she has no real power in her new position. Meyer (Dreyfus) finds herself getting pushed around by nearly everyone in her new job, from lawmakers on Capital Hill to the President of the United States himself. Given mostly menial tasks to perform by the (so-far-unseen) president.
Meyer uses her wit, constant swearing and her transparently veiled desire to become president to muddle her way through the daily grind. Meyer is aided in her struggle by vice presidential chief of staff Ann (played by Anna Chlumsky) and her right-hand man Gary (played by Tony Hale.)
Created by Armando Iannucci and Simon Blackwell, the new scripted comedy made its premier Wednesday night at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, DC making it the second HBO screening held in DC in the past month. The other was "Game Change" which hosted a star studded gala event in early March.
While on the red carpet Wednesday Dreyfus told reporters she had spoken to a number of former vice presidents while preparing for the role, although, she declined to identify which ones.
The actress also commented on the notion of life imitating art, saying: "I will never get involved in politics, I really like to entertain. I like to get laughs. And I think if you like to get laughs, maybe politics isn't your best place."
"Veep" will air April 22 at 10 p.m. on HBO.