Despite all of her setbacks, nothing can stop President Selina Meyer.
Deadline reports that HBO has ordered a seventh season of the critically acclaimed, Emmy-winning political comedy Veep. The news comes as season 6 begins to wrap up its tale of President Meyer’s scramble to be politically relevant once again. HBO also announced that one-year deals for season 7 have been closed with all of the original cast members, giving salary boosts to Veep veterans Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, and Matt Walsh. The contract news comes as a relief, as the core cast’s contracts were up after season 6 (especially considering the recent news of T.J. Miller’s departure from HBO’s Silicon Valley).
The renewal announcement doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering Veep‘s seemingly non-stop success, with the series nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series for its entire run, and winning for the last two seasons. Louis-Dreyfus can practically claim ownership over the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series award now that she has won it five years in a row for every single season the series has been on the air.
Season 6 of Veep has been the first season to have Selina Meyer not directly involved in government, with Team Meyer spread out across D.C. and the world of politics. After losing the presidential election to Andrea Savage’s Laura Montez, Selina has struggled to establish a legacy, while Jonah Ryan, the pointless giant, has enjoyed a ton of political momentum following his election as a U.S. Representative of New Hampshire and his recent relationship with Shawnee Tanz, played by Wild Horse Mary Holland. Season 6 marks the shift to showrunner David Mandel (SNL, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld) from series creator Armando Iannucci, and so far he has done a phenomenal job filling in those shoes.
Veep is executive produced by Mandel, Louis-Dreyfus, Frank Rich, Lew Morton, and Morgan Sackett. It airs Sundays at 10:30 pm following Silicon Valley.