Some sad news for fans of HBO’s stellar comedy series Veep. The show’s creator and showrunner, Armando Iannucci, is stepping down at the end of the series’ upcoming fourth season. In a statement to THR, 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,” and Iannucci hasn’t been shy in the past about saying he would likely move on from the series sooner rather than later.
But this is indeed unfortunate. Iannucci—who also spearheaded the British series The Thick of It and the political comedy feature In the Loop—imbued Veep with his signature sense of humor, resulting in a political comedy that’s akin to if Aaron Sorkin lost his romanticism and had a dirty mouth. The cast is undeniably phenomenal, but can Veep still be Veep without Iannnucci as its captain?
Curb Your Enthusiasm executive producer David Mandel will be stepping in to fill Iannucci’s shoes should HBO pick Veep up for a fifth season, though the renewal is likely given the show’s strong reviews and bevy of Emmy Awards. Mandel already has a relationship with Veep star Julia Louis-Drefyus, having served as a writer on the final three seasons of Seinfeld.
In the meantime, though, we can look forward to the Iannucci-crafted fourth season of Veep, premiering on HBO this Sunday night. Be sure to check out Allison’s review of the first few episodes, as well as my extended interview with co-star Timothy Simons on all things Jonah.