HBO Elects Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ VEEP Pilot to Series

Real politics may not always be funny, but HBO is betting fake politics is. The premium cable network announced today that it has ordered its Vice Presidential pilot VEEP to series.

Set in Washington, D. C., Veep stars Louis-Dreyfus as former Senator Selina Meyer, who becomes Vice President, only to discover the job is nothing like she expected, but everything she was warned about. Anna Chlumsky (In the Loop, Lights Out) is on board as Meyer’s chief of staff, while Tony Hale (Arrested Development) will be her right hand man and Sufe Bradshaw (Overnight) will play her assistant. Reid Scott (My Boys, The Big C), Tim Simons, and Matt Walsh (The Upright Citizen’s Brigade) also star.

Armando Iannucci, writer/creator of the popular British political comedy series The Thick of It and writer/director of its Oscar-nominated movie spinoff In the Loop, created the show and co-wrote the pilot with Simon Blackwell. He also directed the pilot and will serve as executive producer of the series along with Chris Godsick and New York magazine’s Frank Rich. Blackwell will co-executive produce while Louis-Dreyfus will produce.

In a release, Sue Naegle, president, HBO Entertainment, noted,

“Armando Iannucci is a master of smart, savvy humor, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus is one of the sharpest comic actors around. We look forward to a memorable series from them and fellow executive producers Frank Rich and Christopher Godsick.”

According to Ianucci,

“I’m thrilled more than anyone is legally entitled to be. HBO is the dream network to make television for, and I’m excited to be working with such a superb and funny cast headed by the uber-superb-and-funny Julia Louis-Dreyfus. If making season one of Veep is as much fun as making the pilot, then I can die chuckling. Plus, we get to say rude words.”

Louis-Dreyfus said,

“It is a true delight to work with HBO and Armando Iannucci. I take the role of vice president very seriously, and although everyone says this is a comedy, I don’t think there is anything funny at all about me being a heartbeat away from the presidency.”

Louis-Dreyfus has two Emmy awards, one each for Seinfeld and The New Adventures of Old Christine.

Veep will begin production this fall with an expected 2012 premiere

I think this could be hilarious. What about you? Can you picture the former Elaine Benes as Vice President?