Monday, July 3, 2017

Now on HBO: Veep, Season 6 (2017)

Veep, Season 6 (2017) - Created by Armando Iannucci; Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Reid Scott, Matt Walsh, Timothy Simons, Gary Cole, Sam Richardson, Kevin Dunn, Sarah Sutherland.

By Kenny Howell

Going into Veep's fifth season, there was a sense of uncertainty.

The show's creator, Armando Iannucci, had left, and it wasn't sure if the show would have the same terrific bite without its master, the one always had the ability to create the greatest insults in TV history.

But Season 5, as it turned out, was the best of the series run, and would have been my best show last year if Donald Glover's Atlanta hadn't come out in the same year.

So the tone was set in the post-Iannucci world, and season 6 looked like a good chance to mine the comedic gold that is former President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) picked up the pieces after losing the White House. But over its season, despite being quite funny in parts, it showed that despite the changes to where all our favorite characters are, it could be the beginning of the show spinning its wheels until the end.

In Season 6, Meyer is trying to secure her presidential library, and trying to set a tone for her post-presidency career. However, the same back office dealings stick around, and she gets herself into the same messes she always had when she was a VP and President. Just this time, the stakes are a lot less.

Her original team come and go in various capacities. Dan (Reid Scott) is now an anchor on CBS Morning News, Kent (Gary Cole) and Ben (Kevin Dunn) are working for Jonah Ryan (Timothy Simons), whose congressional power is taking off with other congressional morons. All the other characters like Amy (Anna Chlumsky), Gary (Tony Hale) and Richard (Sam Richardson) are assisting Selina in some way.

The cast is great as always, and they are what make Season 6 as entertaining as it is. But I am not sure where it goes from here because the way it ends seems like we will be treading on the same old grounds we have already explored over the first five seasons. It's still going to be funny, because it basically can't be at this point. I am just not sure it is must see anymore.

The first six seasons of Veep are now streaming on HBO.

Rating: ***

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