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HBO Renews Comedies ‘Veep,’ ‘Silicon Valley’

Fresh off their Sunday season premieres, HBO has renewed comedies “Veep” and “Silicon Valley.”

Veep” is getting a fifth term in office. “Silicon Valley” is renewed for a third season.

” ‘Veep’ and ‘Silicon Valley’ are terrific series, and I’m immensely proud that they will return to HBO next year,” said Michael Lombardo, HBO’s president of original programming. He noted that the two half-hours coupled with “Game of Thrones” and “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” have given HBO a “stellar Sunday night like no other.”

“Veep” is expected to undergo a change of showrunner next season as creator-exec producer Armando Iannucci intends to step back. The British hyphenate has been commenting from his home in the U.K. to the U.S. each season. David Mandel, an alum of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” will take the reins of the show that lenses in Baltimore.

“Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus has logged three consecutive Emmy wins for lead comedy actress for her role as vapid vice president Selina Meyer — who enters the big leagues this season when she winds up filling the vacancy in the White House. Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Matt Walsh and Reid Scott also star.

“Silicon Valley,” set among a group of misfits running a tech startup, was embraced by critics from the get-go in its premiere last year, landing an Emmy nom for best comedy series. Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Josh Brener, Martin Starr, Kumail Nanjiani star. Series was created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky.

 

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