Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Emmy®-nominated and Writers Guild Award-winning comedy series VEEP kicks off its ten-episode third season Sunday, April 13 at 9.30pm on HBO SIGNATURE & HBO SIGNATURE HD, a week after its US premiere, following the premiere of new HBO Original Comedy Series SILICON VALLEY. One new episode airs weekly at the same time.

Created by Armando Iannucci (Oscar® nominee for co-writing “In the Loop”), the show stars Emmy® and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer, who becomes vice president, only to discover the job is nothing like she expected, but everything she was warned about. Following the revelation that the president will not seek reelection, Vice President Selina Meyer, eyeing a promotion, begins courting Iowa caucus voters at a signing for her new book.

VEEP follows the whirlwind day-to-day existence of Vice President Meyer as she puts out political fires in her public and private life while launching her campaign for president. In the third season, Selina and her staff head off to meet America in Detroit and Silicon Valley, go on a drug bust with the Maryland Coast Guard, and fly to London to confer with heads of state. Meanwhile, as Dan and Amy battle for the role of campaign manager, everyone helps Selina define who she is and where she stands on fracking, education, reproductive rights and her hairstyle. With all of America now watching her and her team, even the most banal action can set off a ripple effect that has unexpected and far-reaching consequences.

The ensemble cast of the show also includes Emmy® winner Tony Hale (“Arrested Development”) as Gary, Vice President Meyer’s right-hand man; Emmy® nominee Anna Chlumsky (“In the Loop”) as Amy, her chief of staff; Reid Scott (“My Boys”) as Dan, an ambitious political aide; Matt Walsh (HBO’s “Hung”) as Mike, Vice President Meyer’s weathered spokesperson; Timothy C. Simons (“Days Together”) as Jonah, a White House liaison turned political blogger; Sufe Bradshaw (“Overnight”) as Sue, Vice President Meyer’s executive assistant; and Kevin Dunn (HBO’s “Luck”) as Ben, the president’s chief of staff.

Guest stars on the new season include Gary Cole (HBO’s “Entourage”), Kathy Najimy (“King of the Hill”) and Zach Woods (HBO’s “Silicon Valley”).

Last month, VEEP received the Writers Guild Award for Best Comedy Series. In January, Julia Louis-Dreyfus received the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. In September 2013, she received the Emmy® for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, her second win in a row in the category; Louis-Dreyfus previously received Emmys® for “Seinfeld” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” In addition, Tony Hale received the Emmy® for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in September 2013. VEEP was also nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series Emmys® for both of its first two seasons.

VEEP was created by Armando Iannucci; executive producers, Armando Iannucci, Christopher Godsick and Frank Rich; co-executive producers, Simon Blackwell and Tony Roche; producers, Stephanie Laing and Julia Louis-Dreyfus; supervising producers, Chris Addison, Roger Drew, Sean Gray, Ian Martin and Will Smith.

Episode 301: Some New Beginnings
Premieres Sunday, April 13, 2014, 9.30pm

Other playtimes on HBO SIGNATURE: Friday, April 18, 2014 (8.30pm), Saturday, April 19, 2014 (12mn)

In Iowa, Selina courts possible caucus voters at a book signing for her new autobiography, while her team attends a staff wedding in D.C. As the day proceeds, she and her staff get word of a rumor that could affect the next election.

Teleplay by Sean Gray & Will Smith; story by Armando Iannucci & Sean Gray & Will Smith; directed by Chris Addison.

Episode 302: The Choice
Premieres Sunday, April 20, 2014, 9.30pm

Other playtimes on HBO SIGNATURE: Friday, April 25, 2014 (8.30pm), Saturday, April 26, 2014 (11.30pm)

After a quick visit to their new campaign HQ, Selina and her team go on a ride-along with the Coast Guard, where they learn the president has flipped on a major issue, which makes Selina reexamine her own stance. Meanwhile, Gary questions his role with the Veep, and Jonah’s new political blog causes trouble.

Teleplay by Roger Drew & Ian Martin; story by Armando Iannucci & Roger Drew & Ian Martin; directed by Becky Martin.

Episode 303: Alicia
Premieres Sunday, April 27, 2014, 9.30pm

Other playtimes on HBO SIGNATURE: Friday, May 2, 2014 (8.30pm)

While Selina and her staff prepare for an Annapolis event where she will announce her candidacy, Dan gets word that “Saturday Night Live” has done a not-so-flattering sketch about her.

Teleplay by Sean Gray & Ian Martin; story by Armando Iannucci & Sean Gray & Ian Martin; directed by Christopher Morris.

Episode 304: Clovis
Premieres Sunday, May 4, 2014, 9.30pm

Other play times on HBO SIGNATURE: Friday, May 9, 2014 (8.30pm)

On a fundraising trip in Silicon Valley, Selina is challenged by an anti-fracking mom and visits the campus of Clovis, a tech company with an ambitious young CEO. In D.C., Jonah makes a crude viral video of the Selina-mom encounter, and Dan, with Ben’s help, gets an idea for a rumor he can spread against Chung.

Teleplay by Kevin Cecil & Roger Drew & Andy Riley; story by Armando Iannucci & Kevin Cecil & Roger Drew & Andy Riley; directed by Armando Iannucci.

Catch the new season premiere of this HBO Original Comedy Series VEEP when it premieres on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 9.30pm on HBO SIGNATURE & HBO SIGNATURE HD, within a week of its US premiere following the premiere of brand new HBO Original Comedy Series SILICON VALLEY at 9pm.

One new episode airs weekly at the same time.

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