HBO Teases ‘Game of Thrones’ Final Season, ‘Deadwood’ Movie and More (Video)

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In advance of tonight’s season finale of “True Detective,” HBO has released a teaser with new footage from the network’s upcoming 2019 lineup, including the final seasons of “Game of Thrones” and “Veep,” and the reunion movie of one of the network’s biggest critical hits, “Deadwood.”

In a split second shot of new footage, we see Arya Stark looking on with wonder as Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons fly over Winterfell for the first time. And in “Veep,” we see Selina Meyer going over her next campaign speech.

“I’m not sure about this part, ‘I want to be president for all Americans,’” she says. “I mean, do I? You know, all of them?”

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Other snippets included in the trailer come from “O.G.,” a new film featuring “Westworld” star Jeffrey Wright; mini-series adaptations of Alan Moore’s “Watchmen” and Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials,” and the Rashid Johnson drama “Native Son,” which premiered at Sundance last month.

Watch the full teaser in the clip above.

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‘Silicon Valley’ Star Zach Woods Joins HBO Space Comedy From ‘Veep’ Creator

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Zach Woods has joined the cast of “Avenue 5,” HBO’s space comedy pilot from “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci.

Woods will play Matt Spencer, head of customer relations. Despite being a nihilist, Matt is a nice guy who can’t wait to get to the end of his final cruise before promotion to a more senior role on Earth. He has a performance background, but gave up trying to make it as an entertainer years ago.

Though HBO hasn’t released many details on the series, the comedy appears to center on the crew and passengers aboard the Avenue 5, a space cruise ship. Hugh Laurie plays the ship’s captain Ryan Clark, while Rebecca Front plays one of the passengers, a middle-aged housewife.

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The project currently has a pilot commitment with backup scripts ordered. Not much is known about the comedy, with HBO only describing it as “a comedy set in the future, mostly in space.”

Iannucci is best known for creating “Veep,” which garnered numerous Emmy awards for Julia Louis-Dreyfus, helping her defeat the so-called “Seinfeld” curse. He departed the show after its fourth season. “Veep” will end its run on HBO this spring.

Woods has starred for five seasons on HBO’s tech comedy “Silicon Valley” as Jared Dunn, a confidante of Richard Hendrix (Thomas Middleditch) and eventually COO of Pied Piper. HBO pushed back the start of production on the sixth season of “Silicon Valley” in order to accommodate showrunner Alec Berg’s same responsibilities on “Barry.” The series is not expected to return until 2020.

Woods also had a brief role in “Veep” as Ed Webster.

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‘Veep’ Final Season Trailer Pits Selina Meyer vs Jonah Ryan – Whoever Wins, We All Lose (Video)

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The final season of HBO’s political comedy “Veep” will pit Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Selina Meyer against Jonah Ryan (Timothy Simons) for the White House.

HBO released a trailer Monday for the seventh and final season of “Veep,” which will debut on March 31. And from the looks of it, Meyer is disgusted with the state of the “disgusting” U.S. and Ryan is campaigning for the support of anti-vaxxers.

So basically, it’s typical “Veep” stuff.

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Fans of the Emmy-winning series will remember that in Season 6, Jonah was diagnosed with testicular cancer and lost all of his hair. Even after surviving, he kept his head bald to win sympathy, which didn’t turn out so well — though it did result in one of the best meltdowns of the series. Season 6 ended with both Ryan and Meyer deciding to run for president.

We’re all screwed — so, not much different than real life.

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The final season of the HBO comedy will have seven episodes. The series’ first season was eight episodes, and subsequent seasons expanded to 10 episodes apiece. Season 7 was delayed after Louis-Dreyfus was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017, and production resumed last October.

Louis-Dreyfus has won the Emmy six years in a row for her role. The show itself won the Outstanding Comedy Series award in 2016 and 2017.

Watch the final season trailer via the video above.

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‘Veep’ Star Matt Walsh Shares His Secret for Opening a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew (Video)

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Matt Walsh is used to playing the pathetic, sad-sack character Mike McLintock on the HBO show “Veep,” and he starts off just as miserable in his new film, a romantic comedy called “Under the Eiffel Tower.”

But while vacationing in France and falling in love, he shows he has a few hidden talents, among them being a great cook, a painter and an expert on bourbon. And he even has a neat trick for opening a wine bottle without the aid of a corkscrew.

“I remember reading that [in the script] and I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’” Walsh said in an interview with TheWrap about his new film. “[B]ut I started YouTubing it, and lo and behold, you can.”

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In “Under the Eiffel Tower,” Walsh plays a man recently fired from his job who goes on a vacation to Paris with his close friends to celebrate their daughter graduating from college. When she makes an offhand remark that the two of them should run off together, he impulsively asks her to marry him. And when that inevitably does not go well, he finds himself wandering France looking for companionship until he meets an attractive woman (Judith Godrèche) who runs a local vineyard.

“The simple version of what this movie is, I like to say, it’s the reverse ‘Beauty and the Beast,’” Walsh said. “She’s the beast in a lonely little town in France, windows drawn, not happy. I’m the Beauty, I stumble in, bring lightness and air to that stodgy little castle and give her something to live for.”

Walsh, who in addition to his talents on “Veep” is a co-founder of the improv comedy troupe the Upright Citizens Brigade, has some hidden talents not unlike that of his character.

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“I make a mean Irish soda bread every Christmas and give it out to friends and family,” Walsh said. “I can speak a little German, a little Spanish, and I was a psych major, so I’m good at listening to people’s problems. I can’t get you on the road to recovery like a real doctor, but I can listen.”

And his co-star on “Veep” Reid Scott also displays a surprise gift in “Under the Eiffel Tower,” donning a Scottish accent as an ex-footballer who gets caught in a love triangle between Walsh and Godrèche. He never really gets to show it on “Veep,” but Walsh says he knew Scott had it in him to pull off the role.

“Reid is one of those people on ‘Veep,’ at the table read, if they need someone to play an actor that isn’t there, they’ll just plug Reid in there,” Walsh said. “He can do an impression of Gary Cole, he can do an impression of whoever. He’s a really good mimic. He’s really good with dialect, so I knew he would be great in it.”

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Walsh also talked about the upcoming season of “Veep,” which returns on Mar. 31 on HBO for its final season. While he couldn’t reveal whether Mike McLintock is in for a happy or more typically miserable ending, he said that Mike is now trying to support his three adopted children by cutting it as a journalist, which early on in the season puts him at odds with Selina Meyer and the rest of the characters.

TheWrap asked Walsh about how the show, approaching its seventh season, manages to predict the future, like when showrunner David Mandel shared a clip during the latest government shutdown about Jonah Ryan boasting that he shut down the government.

“Seemingly, there’s always something we create as a joke or as a fiction, and then lo and behold, it comes true in the real world. There was a slogan that we had for one of her new campaigns, and an Australian congressman was using it as his slogan,” Walsh said.  “It’s unfortunate that our politics are so terrible sometimes, because everyone on the show is so terrible.”

“Under the Eiffel Tower” is out in theaters Feb. 8, and it will be available on digital and on demand on Feb. 12. Watch the video with Matt Walsh above:

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“Veep” showrunner David Mandel and star Julia Louis-Dreyfus had a lot of fun poking fun at U.S. politics during a panel promoting the HBO comedy’s final season at the Television Critics Association press tour Friday.

In fact, Mandel went all-in on topical jokes when giving his thoughts on real-life politicians, making a quip about Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, who has gained national attention for his admission that he dressed up in blackface in the 1980s.

“I guess there are good politicians, thank God, I will simply say,” Mandel said. “I do think where I’ve bottomed out a little bit sometimes is America. “

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“This is me talking, this is not ‘Veep,’ but you go back whatever eight years ago, and Obama was in the White House and it was like, ‘Yay, Obama is in the White House! We’ve beaten racism!’” Mandel said. “And now I’m the only one without a blackface photo on his yearbook page, so, you know what I mean.”

It wasn’t the first off-color (no pun intended) joke Mandel made during the final “Veep” TCA panel. Earlier, he explained why he “gave Julia cancer.”

Read more from the panel here and the long list of premiere dates HBO announced — including the debuts for “Big Little Lies” Season 2 and the final run of “Veep” — here.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Doesn’t Know Who She’ll Support in 2020, But ‘for Goddamn Sure’ It Will Be a Democrat

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“Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus may not yet know who she is voting for in the 2020 presidential election, but it will definitely be a Democrat.

“I have no idea who I’m going to support in 2020. Except to that say that it will be a Democrat. That’s for goddamn sure,” the actress said via satellite Friday during the television critics association press tour. “”I am a patriot and I’m very unhappy with our current political situation. This has by the way, nothing to do with ‘Veep’ — this is me talking now.”

Current Democratic candidates include California Senator Kamala Harris, New Jersey Senator Corey Booker, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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Louis-Dreyfus was not physically in attendance during the show’s TCA panel because she was on location in Austria, and she said the locals constantly ask her about Donald Trump. “They ask me what do I think of Trump. That’s the question I get,” she said. “As soon as they hear my accent, they know that I’m an American citizen, that’s by far the first question.”

HBO dropped a whole mess of premiere date news Friday, announcing “Big Little Lies” will return for Season 2 this June, and the final season of “Veep” will debut this March. While the cable network didn’t give an official date for the launch of “BLL’s” next batch of episodes, it did set the Louis-Dreyfus comedy’s final run start for March 31.

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HBO Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2, Final Run of ‘Veep’

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HBO dropped a whole mess of premiere date news during the Television Critics Association press tour Friday, announcing “Big Little Lies” will return for Season 2 this June, and the final season of “Veep” will debut this March.

While the cable network didn’t give an official date for the launch of “BLL’s” next batch of episodes, it did set the Julia Louis-Dreyfus comedy’s final run start for March 31.

Here’s the official description for “Big Little Lies” Season 2: On the surface, in the tranquil seaside town of Monterey, California, everything seems the same. The mothers continue to dote, the husbands support, the children remain adorable and the houses are just as beautiful. But the night of the school fundraiser changed all that, leaving the community reeling as the “Monterey Five” – Madeline, Celeste, Jane, Renata and Bonnie – bond together to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives.

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Along with the “Veep” and “BLL” news, HBO also revealed that its upcoming Jared Harris-led miniseries “Chernobyl” will start in May, Fred Armisen and Lorne Michaels’ Spanish-language comedy series “Los Espookys” will debut in June, documentary series “The Case Against Adnan Syed” will premiere March 10 and the documentary “The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley” will air March 19.

The premium cable network also announced the Michael Jackson doc, “Leaving Neverland” — which it acquired at Sundance — will debut March 3 and 4.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Responds to Year-Old ‘Veep’ Clip That Predicted Government Shutdown (Video)

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“Veep” has once again proven how closely its political satire resembles reality in a year-old clip that predicted a government shutdown shared by its executive producer David Mandel Saturday.

“What an a–hole,” the show’s star Julia Louis-Dreyfus tweeted in response to the video. “#TrumpChristmasShutdown,” she followed up with a subsequent tweet.

In the Season 6 episode called “Blurb,” POTUS Selina Meyer is awaiting the ceremony for her presidential portrait unveiling, but she has neglected to invite her old associate Jonah Ryan (Timothy Simons), now a junior congressman. As payback, the irked Jonah takes steps while Congress is in session that ultimately shut down the government.

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“Maybe the government needs to be shut down because it’s broken, and when something’s broken, you shut it down and you turn it back on again like with a router,” he says in the clip.

Later in the episode, Jonah gives a press conference (which you can see at the top) proudly taking credit for the government closure. Ring any bells?

“A lot of people are saying that I shut down the government. You’re damn right, I did!” Jonah says proudly

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See the tweets from Mandel and Louis-Dreyfus below, as well as the “shut down” scene.

#governmentshutdown #veep @veephbo @timothycsimons pic.twitter.com/JwsI38A1aD

— David Mandel (@DavidHMandel) December 22, 2018

What an asshole https://t.co/Fbm0xIAhxY

— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) December 22, 2018

#TrumpChristmasShutdown

— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) December 22, 2018

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