It’s the end of the road for Selina Meyer. HBO’s award winning comedy series Veep is set to conclude with its upcoming ten episode seventh season, which is set to air in 2018. The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
While the decision to end the show, which was made by executive producers Julia Louis-Dreyfus and David Mandel, is bitter-sweet, it was not entirely unexpected. Several months ago the original cast inked one-year deals to return; whereas had the show been expected to continue past season seven, HBO would have negotiated longer-term contracts.
“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”, said HBO’s President of Programming Casey Bloys. “Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ comedic brilliance infused Selina 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 comedy series, which was created by Armando Ianucci and has won two Emmys, has evolved somewhat since its launch in 2012. Veep originally followed Louis-Dreyfus’ Selina Meyer as Vice President (hence the title), but in subsequent seasons saw her assume the presidency, lose a presidential election and come to terms with her post-presidential life. Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Matt Walsh, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole and Sam Richardson also star. Out of their ouput deal with HBO, Sky Atlantic has aired all previous seasons of Veep and are expected to air the final season in 2018, shortly after it launches state-side.