'Veep' review: Julia Louis-Dreyfus gets our vote in HBO's sharp satire

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Nearly every time Vice President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) returns to her office, she asks her assistant, "Did the president call?"The answer, for at least the first three episodes of HBO's new comedy "Veep," is always no. The fact that he doesn't call, and the odd, not especially powerful place the vice president occupies in the executive branch despite being the proverbial heartbeat away from the presidency, makes the satire in "Veep" so much fun.Created by Armando Iannucci, who's also behind the brilliant British political comedy "The Thick of It," "Veep," which debuts Sunday (April 22), is nonpartisan in its targeting of the compromises and indignities of life in official Washington. Louis-Dreyfus plays Selina's boredom and frustration to great effect, and the cast around her is equally strong. Its bite isn't quite as fierce as that of "The Thick of It" (and its companion movie "In the Loop"), but it's a very satisfying half-hour on...


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