Just four months after issuing a Veep renewal for Season 7, HBO has confirmed that the seventh season will be the last. The series, which stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as former Vice President and President of the United States, Selina Meyer, will wrap up its run with 10 Season 7 episodes, although no exact premiere date has been given at this time. Here's what HBO programming president Casey Bloys had to say in a statement about the series coming to a close.
"The decision to bring Veep to a close at the end of next season is bittersweet. We love the show and everyone involved but respect the producers' choice to bring Selina Meyer's journey to its conclusion after an extraordinary run of critical and award-winning acclaim. Julia Louis-Dreyfus' comedic brilliance infused Selina Meyer with a dynamic presence and a vibrant wit which will ensure her a place in the history of television's most iconic comedic characters. We look forward to producing the seventh and final season."
The renewal back in May wasn't much of a surprise, coming off a successful Veep Season 6, where Selina Meyer transitioned back into public life after losing the Presidential election. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news, with Julia Louis-Dreyfus personally calling THR's Tim Goodman to reveal the decision.
"It became clear that this season should be the last season. We don't want to repeat ourselves or wear out our welcome. The story has a finality to it that feels end-of-series. Let's face it, this has been a role of a lifetime."
It's certainly no understatement that Veep will be going out on top. The series has been nominated for Best Comedy Series for the past five seasons, winning the past two in a row, while going for a third at this year's Emmy Awards, which air Sunday, September 17. Julia Louis-Dreyfus herself has won Best Actress in a Comedy Series for the past five years in a row, going for her sixth this year, and if she wins again, she could go for a clean sweep at next year's Emmys. THR also caught up with David Mandel, who took over as showrunner in Season 5, who confirms that he and the writing staff have broken the story for all 10 episodes of this final season, while revealing that production will begin October 16. Here's what he had to say about the final season.
"It was just a very natural thing. We don't want to repeat ourselves or be boring. It's bittersweet but it's right. I'm so f---ing excited for what we've got on the board and for fans to see what we've cooked up."
The series was created by Armando Iannucci, which began with Selina Meyer, who had run for President but accepted the Vice President position when it was offered to her by the new President. She ultimately ascended to the Oval Office at the end of Season 3, when the President resigned from his duties for personal reasons. However, she lost the Presidency at the end of Season 5, and at the end of the sixth season, she was pondering whether or not to run for President yet again. While Julia Louis-Dreyfus wouldn't shed any light on the story that will be told in this final season, she revealed that she doesn't want to screw it up.
"I struggled with it. And then it just hit me. It's hard to say goodbye to such a good thing. We struggled with this at Seinfeld as well. I'm not kidding, I really feel this is my baby and I don't want to mess it up. I would hate to end on a less-than note. That would make me nuts."
Julia Louis-Dreyfus leads a cast that also includes Anna Chlumsky as Amy, Gary Cole as Kent, Kevin Dunn as Ben, Matt Walsh as Mike, Reid Scott as Dan, Sam Richardson as Richard, Sufe Bradshaw as Sue, Timothy C. Simons as Jonah and Emmy winner Tony Hale as Gary. David Mandel serves as the showrunner of Veep, who also executive produces with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Christopher Godsick, Frank Rich and Lew Morton. Hopefully we'll find out more about this final season of Veep very soon.