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VEEP Returns April 14

by Louise Adams
Friday Apr 12, 2013
Scene from "VEEP"
Scene from "VEEP"  (Source:HBO)

Emmy-winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus as U.S. Vice President Selina Meyer and her dysfunctional coterie return for the second season of the Emmy-nominated HBO comedy series "Veep," on Sunday, Apr. 14, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

The first of the ten episodes starts in medias res during the "fucking midterm" elections as the Democrats are taking a beating. Meyer is stumping across the country, and while the liberals are losing seats, she still manages to beat the POTUS in popularity polls by a miniscule margin. He's also answering Meyer's pleas to be more involved, assigning her tasks which include attending a country pork pull, a "mix with the hicks," to take the heat for the party's shellacking, and naturally stuffs her face with pig while defending Israel.

Joining the cast is Gary Cole as Kent Davison, a senior strategy wonk, the "Pol Pot of Pie Charts," who runs unexpected interference between the Veep and the Prez. In the second episode "Signals," airing Apr. 21, Meyer questions Davison about his taking Pilates, because she "didn't know he had a core."

The "Hostages" episode about an Uzbekistan crisis airs on Apr. 28, and Meyer's preparation for the Vic Allen dinner is explored in the May 5 installment.

The quips remain zippy, topical and edgy. When her daughter writes a controversial college paper that prompts unwelcome media scrutiny, Meyer wants to "daughter-board" her. Folksy too, as Meyer forever worries about her satellite status and recalls her grandfather's warning: "If you're not at the table, you're probably on the menu."

"Veep: Second Season"
Returns Sunday, Apr. 14, 10 p.m. ET/PT

Louise Adams is a Chicago freelance writer at www.treefalls.com (and a nom de guerre).


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