HBO picks up new political satire ‘VEEP’

Political junkies can look forward to a new cable TV offering in 2012.

The Baltimore Sun reports that HBO has picked up the political satire “VEEP,” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus of “Seinfeld” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” The pilot, filmed in Maryland, reportedly flushed $6 million into the state, and has given work to more than 200 area actors.

Dreyfus plays a former senator who suddenly becomes vice president. Starring alongside Dreyfus will be Tony Hale, Anna Chluimsky and Reid Scott. Armando Iannucci, known for his direction of “In the Loop,” will direct and produce.

The show would mark the first time Maryland has seen a significant financial boon from showbusiness since HBO’s “The Wire,” which ran from 2002 to 2008.

“VEEP” is not the only showbiz prize Maryland can claim, the HBO production “Game Change,” based on the book by reporters John Heilemann and Mark Halperin on the 2008 campaign, will begin filming in the Baltimore area starting the last week of April.

(h/t Politico)

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