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Posted at 07:19 PM ET, 01/13/2012

Winter TV Press Tour 2012: ‘Veep’ creator says ‘The West Wing’ wouldn’t work in today’s TV culture

Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays the Vice President in HBO’s new comedy “Veep.” (BRANIMIR KVARTUC - AP)
 Armando Iannucci has written “Veep” for HBO, a comedy about a fictitious former senator who becomes VPOTUS, because he thinks America’s instinct now is to laugh at Washington, because “the alternative is to cry.”

 “I think a lot of people are genuinely frustrated because they don’t understand why so many clearly able people…can’t sort things out.”

 The NBC White House drama “The West Wing,” he said, “wouldn’t wash with the public” today.

 “We’ve seen too much.”

 Iannucci said he wrote the character as a woman in so he wouldn’t be accused of creating a Dick Cheney or Joe Biden character.

 He met with various politicos on both sides of the aisle on the Hill, lobbyists, and journalists while creating the series, which debuts on April 22.

 Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who plays the lead role, met with a couple of vice presidents, which she said was “pretty nifty.” But she declined to name names, saying she wanted to keep it private and “keep that line of communication open.”

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