“Veep” wins 3 Emmys: Photo retrieved from HBO.COM
“Veep” may provide a humorous sitcom outlet for loyal fans of Shonda Rhimes television Drama “Scandal” who will need to fill a viewing void since a new season of Scandal will not be released this fall. Where Rhimes uses politics as a dramatic extension in her show”Scandal,” Armando Lannuci uses the political arena as a funny foundation for many of his jokes. Selina Meyer is now the Vice President of the United States and her and her team try to make a lasting impact on the country. However, her team is not nearly as witty and warrior-like as Olivia Pope’s “gladiators,” to say the least. No matter how explicit her instructions, Meyer’s associates always find a way to “veep” something up.
Initially, the vulgar language seems to be a little much but soon after seems necessary. It would seem, in today’s political climate, that this show would be all too easy to produce. Yet, many of the jokes are refreshing and add a much needed outlet from serious political news. The show is undeniably well done: as the main actress Julia Luis-Dreyfus, who also was a main character in the popular sitcom “Seinfield,” won an Emmy on Sunday. In her speech, she comically apologized for the current political situation in America.
The show proves that there is a silver lining to the political fiasco between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump – which is plenty of comical material for “Veep” writers to spin off of in the show. Further, as Laura Linder noted in her interview, it is important to remember the social and historical context that surrounds situational comedies when they are created. “Veep” is definitely a show that is created in-context and does not attempt to deny it’s connection with the 2016 election. Thankfully for viewers, though, it still accomplishes a certain distance from each political candidate. It almost seems necessary for “Scandal” to pause because that may be too much drama and craziness for viewers, like myself, to handle. “Veep” is an awkward, but compelling switch-up from more serious politics like “Scandal” and current, all too real, American politics.
~ Karoline Summerville