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Julia Louis-Dreyfus to HBO

Julia Louis-Dreyfus has landed well again -- very well, this time. HBO has picked up that pilot about her as a vice president. Also noteworthy -- Frank Rich, now with New York mag -- is the executive producer.

All the details directly from the release are on the jump ... This won't be on the air for about a yea. Production starts in the fall, and all HBO is saying is that this will launch in 2012.  (Maybe this was a reason Frank Rich left the Times? To devote more time to a budding TV career?) 

HBO has picked up the new comedy series VEEP, created by Armando Iannucci (Oscar® nominee for co-writing “In the Loop”) and starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Emmy® winner for “Seinfeld” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine”), it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. Iannucci co-wrote and directed the pilot of the series, which he executive produces along with Frank Rich of New York Magazine and Christopher Godsick (“Take the Lead”); Simon Blackwell, who co-wrote the pilot, co-executive produces and Julia Louis-Dreyfus produces.

VEEP, which is expected to shoot in Baltimore, will begin production this fall for 2012 debut on HBO. Louis-Dreyfus heads the ensemble cast of the show, which also stars Sufe Bradshaw (“Overnight”), Anna Chlumsky (“In the Loop”), Tony Hale (“Arrested Development”), Reid Scott (“My Boys”), Tim Simons (“Days Together”) and Matt Walsh (“Outsourced”).

Set in Washington, D.C., VEEP stars Louis-Dreyfus as former Senator Selina Meyer, who becomes Vice President, only to discover the job is nothing like she expected, but everything she was warned about. Bradshaw plays Sue, Vice President Meyer’s assistant; Chlumsky plays Amy, her chief of staff; Hale plays Gary, her right-hand man; Scott plays Dan, an ambitious director of communications for a senator; Simons plays Jonah, a young and somewhat clueless White House liaison; and Walsh plays Mike, Vice President Meyer’s weathered spokesperson.

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