Julia Louis-Dreyfus Announces 'Veep' Will End After Next Year's Season 7
It looks like President Selina Meyer will soon be leaving Washington for good. Producer and star Julia Louis-Dreyfus has confirmed the upcoming season of HBO's Veep will be the series' last.
"It became clear that this season should be the last season," says Louis-Dreyfus. "We don't want to repeat ourselves or wear out our welcome. The story has a finality to it that feels end-of-series."
Louis-Dreyfus has starred on Veep for six seasons (seven if you count the upcoming final season) as Meyer, as she progressed from Vice-President to President and beyond.
The show has won broad support from critics and audiences and Louis-Dreyfus has taken home the Outstanding Lead Actress Emmy an incredible five years in a row -- and she's up for a sixth this year.
Veep has also been nominated numerous times for Best Comedy Series at the Emmys and has won that title twice; other cast and crew have also racked up a long list of nominations and wins.
When the series began in 2012, Meyer was a failed presidential nominee who has reluctantly signed on as Vice-President, despite her contentious relationship with the commander-in-chief.
Meyer eventually became president but found herself out of office after a bizarre re-election campaign in the show's latest season.
Louis-Dreyfus calls Meyer "the role of a lifetime," which is impressive considering she was already well-known for her nine years on Seinfeld as Elaine Benes.
Veep was adapted by creator Armando Iannucci from his British series, The Thick of It , which starred current Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi.
Interestingly enough, a spin-off film to The Thick of It was produced in 2009 with The Sopranos star James Gandolfini in a supporting role.
The film, In the Loop , earned Iannucci and his co-writers a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 82nd Academy Awards. The final 10-episode season of Veep is still being written and will premiere next summer on HBO.