HBO is getting into politics with a pilot greenlight of “Veep,” a half-hour laffer about a female vice president of America.
Armando Iannucci, the Scottish-born co-writer and director of 2009’s cross-Atlantic political farce “In the Loop,” will co-write and helm the pilot. “Veep” will examine what it means to be a woman VP and the unexpected trappings that go along with the job. Iannucci, Chris Godsick and Frank Rich will exec produce.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is being discussed for the lead. Actress is coming off a five-season run in the CBS sitcom “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and worked with HBO last year when she had a co-starring role on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
HBO has ventured to Washington D.C. before in its original series. Docu-style “K Street,” produced by Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney, aired in 2003 and the Sarah Jessica Parker project “Washingtonienne” was in development several years ago. A pilot was shot, but the show never made it to series.
On the telepic side, the pay cabler produced “The Special Relationship” this year, which looked at the relationship between President Bill Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.