White House Plumbers takes a satirical and comic look at one of the darkest moments in American politics - but the true story at its core is wilder than any work of fiction.
While Peter Capaldi is primarily known as the twelfth incarnation of Doctor Who, for some he’ll always be remembered as Malcolm Tucker, the gloriously fiery, sweary spin doctor from ‘The Thick Of It’ and ‘In The Loop’. Between 2005 and 2012 Capaldi appeared in 24 episodes over four seasons as Malcolm Tucker, and deliciously delivered the unique mix of wit, expletives and threats that made the show just so funny and entertaining. The final season made it look as though Malcolm Tucker’s time in British politics had come to an end.
Of course, even if that weren’t exciting enough, there’s the fact that this show is building off of a very rich and compelling source material – Neil Gaiman’s American Gods novel is possibly the best fantasy book I’ve read in years, if not ever, and I’m hugely excited to see that story adapted for the screen. American Gods is set to be released on Amazon Prime, at an as of yet unannounced date in early 2017. Including new characters played by Lenny Henry, Sarah and Charlie Higson, alongside all our favourites from previous seasons, Broadchurch is set to return in 2017 at an as of yet unannounced date.
‘Veep’ has got quite the task on its hand to somehow match the absurdity of Donald Trump’s impending presidency, while at the same time finding humour in a political landscape that’s now so fraught and divisive. It turns out that ‘Veep’s cast is very much aware of just how large their task is, too, as Tony Hale admitted last week that the line between comedy and real-life politics has never been greyer. The ‘Arrested Development’ veteran, who plays Selina Meyer’s put upon but endlessly loyal assistant Gary Walsh in ‘Veep’, made this admission to Vulture on Friday, confessing that modern politics keeps on matching their crazy antics.
Hugh Laurie hasn’t just worked with some of the greatest television acting talent to ever step in front of a camera, but he’s roundly recognised as a pretty damn fine thespian himself who has mastered both comedy and drama. During a recent interview with TV Line Hugh Laurie revealed this individual to be Julia Louis-Dreyfus, which should come as no surprise to anyone who has seen the actress strut her stuff in the likes of ‘Seinfeld’, ‘The New Adventures Of Old Christine’ and ‘Veep’. It was in ‘Veep’ that Hugh Laurie got to see Julia Louis Dreyfus up close and personal, as he appeared in the comedy over the course of its fourth and fifth season as Selina Meyers’ running mate Tom James.
The whole world is currently struggling to come to terms with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Because of Trump’s gaffes, rhetoric, and cavalier approach to campaigning, shows like ‘House Of Cards’ and ‘Veep’ are going to have to change their tone and output to match him. ‘Veep’s’ showrunner David Mandel has now admitted that they’ve already been forced to change a scene from the upcoming new season because it was eerily similar to comments Donald Trump recently made about being ability to grab women by their genitals because of his fame.
What it’s about: Episode two of Black Mirror’s second series, The Waldo Moment is about a cartoon character that runs for political office. How it’s like Trump: Both Waldo and Trump are oafish, abrasive characters, who first rose to prominence in a reality TV setting, and were able to find appeal amongst a disillusioned electorate due to seemingly existing outside of the political elite. Again, much like Trump, it soon becomes clear that Waldo is just as much, if not more, of a member of the establishment – underneath all the bluster and the proclivity towards penis jokes, he’s just a rich old white man, looking to further his own agenda and become more powerful.
Donald Trump’s campaign to become the president of the United States Of America hasn’t just changed the political landscape for the foreseeable future, it has also altered upcoming political television shows, too. Shows like ‘House Of Cards’ and ‘Veep’ now need to go to even further extremes to shock and outrage viewers because of Trump’s rhetoric, gaffes, and pretty much everything that he has said and done since he announced his intention to become President. ‘Veep’s’ showrunner David Mandel has now admitted that the HBO comedy’s upcoming new season has been altered because of Trump’s remarks and actions, revealing that he and his fellow writers have looked to intensify their scripts accordingly.
It’s been a pretty good month for everyone involved with ‘Veep’. For the second year in a row it won the Primetime Emmy Award For Outstanding Comedy Series, which was only eclipsed by Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ sixth consecutive Lead Actress In A Comedy Series Emmy, while production on the show’s sixth season began this week, too. Going into its brand new season ‘Veep’ has never been in a more impressive position, with critics and fans alike proclaiming that it’s most recent run of episodes were as funny as any of its preceding four seasons worth.
No-one has come close to lighting up the small screen like Julia Louis-Dreyfus has done over the last 27 years. For those of you that can’t remember, Dreyfus shot to fame as Elaine Benes in ‘Seinfeld’ back in 1989, and while ‘The New Adventures Of Old Christine’ didn’t come close to reaching the heights of her antics with Jerry, George, Kramer et al she still excelled in the sitcom. If she did win yet another Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series that would be her sixth in the last 11 years, as she previously picked up the gong in 2006 for the first season of ‘The New Adventures Of Old Christine’.
In the case of ‘Veep’s’ showrunner David Mandel the answer was very simple: anything but the presidency. While the Season 4 finale of ‘Veep’ left fans on tenterhooks over whether Selina Meyer (Julia Louis Dreyfus) or Tom James (Hugh Laurie) would become president after the general election had resulted in an electoral college tie, David Mandel always knew the answer. Speaking to Bustle, Mandel admitted, “In my mind, this is a show about a woman who wants to be president more than anything on earth.
Donald Trump’s attempts to become the President Of The United States have left many people across the world aghast. Speaking to NPR ahead of last week’s Republican National Convention, David Mandel, who previously wrote on ‘Seinfeld,’ executive produced and directed ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ before replacing Armando Ianucci as the showrunner of ‘Veep’ for the show’s fifth season, admitted that HBO would probably have fired him if he’d proposed a character as absurd as Trump.
As we watched Selina Meyer leave office in ‘Veep’s’ season finale Inauguration after being emphatically replaced by Laura Montez (Andrea Savage) and immediately relegated to the after thoughts of historians, it was hard not to assume that this was actually the final ever episode of ‘Veep’, rather than just the culmination to its fifth season. This left Selina metaphorically and literally out in the cold, as her departing helicopter broke down and left her alone in a field while the rest of the country celebrated Laura Montez’s election.
Unconventional examines the presumptive Republican nominee’s possible — and not-so-possible — vice presidential picks. This installment features Senator Joni Ernst from Iowa.
While last week’s episode, Kissing Your Sister, was right up there with the consistently funniest that ‘Veep’ has ever created, Inauguration is easily its most tragic. Because it was also masterful in how its depressing tone, seismic silences, imagery, and dank characterisation all built to a hilarious punchline that was the Selina Meyer presidency. Rather than shooting off hilarious quips in a relentless, scatter-gun style – something that ‘Veep’ has repeatedly proven it’s more than capable of doing over its five season run – Inauguration was more patient.
On Monday night, UK audiences finally got to see the documentary that the, for the time being at least, First Daughter Catherine Meyer has been shooting over the course of the fifth season.
The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards will soon announce their nominees. But which of your favourite actors and shows will get the nod? The official nominations are due to be announced on 14 July 2016, when we’ll finally find out whether or not ‘Game of Thrones’ is in the running for Best Drama. But until then, we’re left to ponder which of our favourite US TV shows will be in with a chance. - Doctor Who Role Was Offered To Black Actor - Chris Evans’ Top Gear Screen Time Cut - Why You Should Catch Up On Orange Is The New Black Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and coming in September 2016, the Primetime Emmys are the TV awards everybody wants to win.
It says a lot about just how bizarre the current race for The White House is that even the antics on ‘Veep’ look tame in comparison. This is something that the cast of the political comedy can see themselves, with its lead Julia Louis-Dreyfus admitting that they’ll move to Canada if a certain Republican candidate is actually elected into power. Dreyfus, who has picked up the last four consecutive Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series accolades at the Emmy’s for her performance as hapless President Selina Meyer, made this revelation to the Los Angeles Times, via Zap2It, over the weekend.
Right, now that you’re all reflecting about how awesome women are I thought we could take a look at the television shows that are SLAYING right now. If you’re not already hooked to Abbi and Ilana then you need to get on that Broad City shit, ASAP. Apart from introducing us to the best stuffed toy, Bingo Bronson, Broad City has also taught me that all nights should be about “finding a 10″.