Post Mortems
Veep Season 5

Veep EP Confirms Major Season 6 Reinvention: 'It's Uncharted Territory'

The following story contains spoilers about Veep‘s Season 5 finale, so proceed at your own risk.

If Sunday’s Veep season finale felt a little like a series finale, what with Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Selina Meyer entering civilian life after abdicating her POTUS throne to Laura Montez, that was apparently by design. According to showrunner David Mandel, the acclaimed HBO drama is about to morph into a very different series.

“One of the things I am really excited about is, much in the way Veep became the story of the President of the United States when she became president, we are now going to get a chance to sort of check out what it’s like for her to be the former president of the United States — and not perhaps a well regarded former President of the United States,” the EP told our sister site Deadline. “Selina was a placeholder president who held the job for only a year, and perhaps, in the eyes of many, isn’t deserving of her ’round-the-clock Secret Service… These are going to be very hard things for someone like Selina Meyer to hear. [It] is sort of the new world — uncharted territory — going into next season.”

And Mandel, who seamlessly took over the Season 5 Veep reins from series creator Armando Iannucci, went on to promise that Bob Bradley’s episode-ending crack about the missing Nevada ballots was not setting up another Meyer presidency. “You have my word that she’s not president of the United States [and] she is not vice-president of the United States,” he assured the site. “Veep will be the continuing adventures of former president of the United States.”

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28 Comments
  1. Elissa says:

    Love it. Reinvention has kept this series fresh. I just hope that the majority of the supporting cast is kept intact.

  2. george says:

    Between The Eagle’s ballot comment and the birther hints I thought they’d left themselves a couple of trap-doors but I’m happy to follow the crew wherever they gonext.

  3. David4 says:

    Could this be the jump the shark moment? Like Weeds after season 3?

    Guess we will find out next year!

  4. I realized today that, technically, this was all Catherine’s fault. Had she not (unknowingly) told Doyle that Selena had also promised Secretary of State to someone else, he would not have undermined Selena in the Senate vote.

  5. So unfortunate for her that, when it came to Tibet, Montez did to her what Reagan did to Carter. China held out on announcing the Tibet deal until Montez’s inauguration and made it look like it was all her work (taking all credit away from Selena). Iran held out on announcing the release of the hostages until Reagan’s inauguration and made it look like it was all his work (taking all credit away from Carter).
    The only thing is, for Selena this is much worse. Montez will probably get a Nobel prize for this, whereas Reagan didn’t get one for the ending of the Iran Hostage Crisis (and Carter wound up getting one for his post-presidency humanitarianism).

    • Bruce Wayne says:

      Learn your history Tyler, you ignorant tyke. Carter couldn’t get a deal done. Reagan backchanneled with Iran. He told them to let the hostages go or his first act in office would be to level a major Iranian city. Only upon taking office did the Iranians, scared out of the heads, let the hostages go. Now before you say a word in rebuttal, I’m a Ph.D. in modern American History and am tenured at an Ivy League university.

      • Well you must have missed it a couple of years ago when Regan cronies admitted they held secret negotiations to keep the hostages in Iran until after the election. I have history degrees as well.

      • KCC says:

        Nothing says “pompous ass” like someone going by a comic book character’s name and saying “don’t try and argue with me because I’m smarter than you and I have the degree to prove it.” If your given name really is Bruce Wayne I apologize, but if you want people to take you seriously as a historian on a TV fan site, common sense dictates to use a pseudonym and not something associated with comic book culture. Perhaps Professor Plum.

      • The Truth says:

        Brucie. The only thing you’re tenured at it is Trump University, you incredibly ignorant simp.

        Reagan not only interfered with and delayed the release of the Iranian hostages, he subsequently also sold arms to terrorists to fund illegal wars in Central America and armed Saddam Hussein with chemical weapons. You’re as much a Ph.D as Reagan was ethical.

  6. Brian says:

    Love this show!

  7. Spence says:

    I’m sure the show will be about “adventures of a previous president” for a few episodes while Montez is being ousted for not being born in America in the background. Half of the season will be Selina in despair, the other half will be her scheming to get back in the Office once Montez leaves/is pushed out halfway through.

    • HAP says:

      I had the same thought about Montez.

    • KCC says:

      If Montez leaves office, her VP becomes President and if her VP leaves office before a new VP is sworn in, the Speaker of the House becomes President and so on through the line of succession. Now if Selina became the Secretary of Homeland Security, 17th and last in the line, a complicated set of circumstances would have to be imagined, which could be very funny.

  8. Bebe Ebto says:

    If the new President resigns because of a birthed issue, Selena won’t become president, the Vice president will. She can however, be appointed Veep. Now that would be absurdly interesting and funny.

  9. Bruce Wayne says:

    This finale sucked! Call it the series finale instead and don’t bring it back. Almost as bad as the Seinfeld finale. Louis-Dreyfuss ego has obviously gotten in the way of a formerly great show.

    • I’ll second that Bruce.

    • Meesa says:

      How exactly is that Julia Louis-Dreyfuss’ fault/

    • What are you talking about? She’s been on the show since day one.

      The writing being better or worse has nothing to do with her. This season has given a lot of the supporting cast more spotlight and development than previous years too, so your theory makes even less sense taking that into consideration.

    • KCC says:

      Exactly how does Louis-Dreyfuss’ ego (or lack thereof) play into the character not being POTUS any longer? Is she saying she’s too good to play the President, make Selina an Ex-President? As someone that’s supposed to have a PhD in modern American History and tenured at an Ivy League university I’m surprised at your lack of critical thinking and writing skills. I suspect your ivy League students are not getting their money’s worth.

    • Wtf are you talking Louis-Dreyfuss ego?? are you drunk? And btw the finale was great, season 5 was great, and the show isn’t ending.

  10. jenna says:

    i’m excited for the new direction and I commend the writers for making this change instead of allowing the series to become stagnant

  11. BillyBobJohnson says:

    So now we get to see her non-public, most likely boring, life? Guess the series name means nothing now. You should change it.

  12. Musicfan5 says:

    After I saw the episode, I was wishing it were indeed the series finale. However, after reading this article, we’ve never seen a series devoted to the post-presidency. I look forward. I hope the secret service assigned to the Meyer’s detail will have speaking parts.

  13. Anna says:

    Need more Dan and Sue next season. Actually need more screentime for all the regulars, and fewer guest stars please. This season was the Selina and Jonah show, which made it infinitely less fun than previous seasons.

  14. Deb says:

    Wow, is this for real? First of all, “Veep” is the highly acclaimed HBO comedy not “drama” and one of the funniest shows ever on TV, imho. Secondly, to keep Selina removed from power, will completely alter the dynamic of the show and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I hope they change their minds and figure out a way to give her back the presidency or vice-presidency. The show is called “Veep” after all.

  15. Nik says:

    I hope she gets to keep her supporting cast around her.

    Ben’s comment about Alabama had me rolling on the floor for a good hour. Hilarious!

  16. clcardenas says:

    Why are you calling Veep a drama?

  17. dan says:

    sounds boring…the point of the series was the rise of Selina…who really cares about a loser in retirement?