“It’s Bittersweet But It’s Right:” HBO’s ‘Veep’ Coming to an End Next Season


 

The Hollywood Reporter got the exclusive on some pretty upsetting news: HBO’s Veep, which has enjoyed an almost unprecedentedly successful run during its six seasons on the air, has declared that its upcoming seventh season will be its last.

Speaking to THR’s Tim Goodman, series star Julia Louis-Dreyfus said that as much as it pains her to leave her “baby,” both she and showrunner David Mandel agreed that it was time to start wrapping the story up before the show ended up retreading the same ground and got stale. “We don’t want to repeat ourselves or wear out our welcome,” says Louis-Dreyfus of the move. “The story has a finality to it that feels end-of-series.”

As if Louis-Dreyfus wasn’t beloved enough for her role as Elaine Benes on , her turn as Selina Meyer has skyrocketed her into goddess-hood in the eyes of many. Indeed, the show has been a tremendous boon for Louis-Dreyfus’ career in recent years, netting her no less than five Outstanding Lead Actress wins at the Prime Time Emmys, with a sixth potentially on the way. All of this is to say that deciding to end the show while it’s still enjoying so much success must be a particularly difficult thing for the actress/EP, but it also shows just how much she cares for the show and its creative integrity that she’s willing to bring it to an end all the same.

“I’m not kidding — I really feel this is my baby and I don’t want to mess it up,” Louis-Dreyfus told Goodman. “I would hate to end on a less-than note. That would make me nuts.”

And so, to make sure their baby is safe from the very real threat of simply lingering too long, the duo have mutually agreed, along with HBO Programming President Casey Bloys, to wrap up the story of Selina Meyer and her staff in 2018. Shooting for the seventh (and final!) season will begin on October 16th.

You can (and should) check out the full story over at THR, as there are a few more enlightening quotes from both Louis-Dreyfus and Mandel that give a good idea of where their heads are at with the move.

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