Veep‘s seventh and final season will be substantially shortened.
This final season of Veep will be its shortest ever, as a direct consequence of leading lady Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s breast cancer diagnosis and recent successful treatment. The 2019 series will consist of just seven episodes, down from the usual ten.
JLD’s cancer has not been given as the official justification for Veep’s change in format, but the show’s loyal legion of global fans across social media have uniformly accepted it as the most logical reason. A HBO spokesperson recently confirmed the series being cut down to seven episodes, but did not say why.
Louis-Dreyfus first disclosed that she had cancer in late 2017, revealing that the diagnosis came only a day after accepting her sixth consecutive Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Soon after this diagnosis, Veep’s exec producer Frank Rich confirmed that production on Season 7 would be postponed while JLD had surgery and chemotherapy, which she has since completed in January.
Throughout treatment, JLD kept a heartwarmingly positive outlook and tweeted to her fans often. Even going so far as to make an Instagram vid with her sons, entitled ‘Beat it’ on her last day of chemo…
Veep resumed production in early August. Shortly thereafter Louis-Dreyfus, in her usual hilarious style, shared a photo from one of the season’s first table reads…
“So deeply grateful to be back together with all these superb people,” Louis-Dreyfus also wrote in another post, accompanied by a video of her giving a short speech just before filming commenced.
Julia Louis Dreyfus is comedy royalty, being one of the original Seinfeld alumni, and having numerous successes in the ‘show about nothing’s’ wake. It could be argued that she is Seinfeld’s most successful post-show cast member.
Fans have been thrilled to see her up and about again; and Veep coming back for a final season, after what she has endured, is a testament to her strength and courage.
Veep comes back to HBO in the US Spring (which for all you Aussies is between March and May 2019).