(J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

For the all the drama and hype in this city, there hasn’t been a hit TV series based in political Washington since “The West Wing.” But Hollywood keeps trying. The latest into the fray: “Veep,” a HBO comedy starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a senator-turned-vice president.

The cast and crew unloaded in the District Tuesday to capture a bit of Beltway verité. Just a smidge, anyway: As we know all too well, D.C. on the screen is hardly ever the real thing, and “Veep” is no exception.

The bulk of filming started three weeks ago in Baltimore, a frequent city-double for our nation’s capital, location manager John Latenser told us. Great for Charm City ($25 million spent, 2,000 jobs) and the production budget (tax breaks!) but not so much for the D.C. Film Office, which keeps bugging producers to work here.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Katy Winn/AP)

Meanwhile, ABC is touting an upcoming drama, “Scandal,” starring Kerry Washington and set at a D.C. crisis-management firm. But shooting. . . where? A rep for the D.C. Film Office said there have been discussions about filming here but “nothing has been finalized.”

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