Julia Louis-Dreyfus once told Stephen Colbert of Veep's perception of political neutrality: "I have Republicans and Democrats come up to me and say, 'You are getting them good.'" While Louis-Dreyfus's own politics have always been clear, her show has always managed to remain satire of American politics as a whole rather than any specific party. And this is important, because Veep is more about the characters in politics rather than their individual policy beliefs. These are people who care more about their own interests than anyone else.
So it's a relief that Veep will remain unchanged in Trump's America.
"Well, this year has been fun. You know, really fun!" says Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer in the new trailer for Season Six of Veep. "The loss hurt, but I did take this opportunity to reacquaint myself with an old friend of mine by the name of Selina Meyer."
Her character, after a brief stint as president, is recuperating from a devastating election loss. And while this may sound like it'll mirror the events of 2016, the show's creators explained during a panel at SXSW that it had all been written and filmed when all the polls indicated a Hillary Clinton win.
"All of the [sixth] season was basically written and put together-we filmed it in October-but a lot that writing and what we were doing with the story came basically last June. Way before he won, Hillary lost, [and] had it gone the other way…this is basically what we were going to do," explained showrunner David Mandel. "There are the occasional jokes, but we're not Saturday Night Live. If we try to make a joke about what Trump did yesterday on Veep, by the time it [airs] in May, it would seem like the oldest, stalest joke in the world. And so I think for us, tragedy Trump plus time equals comedy. We like to space if out a little bit."
Which means the show will "fight fascism" without ever mentioning Donald Trump's name. Louis-Dreyfus said during the panel that she's glad the show is not more Trump-focused.
"I think that we've set up this premise for our show which is this alternate political universe. And we don't have any real-life celebrities on the show, we don't have real-life journalists, and frankly in terms of actual political history, we don't really reference anybody beyond Reagan," she said. "We don't identify party on our show, which has been very useful for a lot of reasons and is certainly useful now. And it's a lot of fun because when we've gone to Washington and talked to people-as we have on a number of occasions on both sides of the aisle-whoever we're talking to thinks we're making fun of the other party. Which is great, everybody can come and laugh and make fun of the other guy."
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