11:00am PT by Jackie Strause
'Veep': Read an Excerpt From Selina Meyer's Memoir
The Veep Easter eggs keep on giving.
The HBO political comedy aired its finale Sunday, but a handful of the biggest developments to come out of season six are continuing to play out off-screen, thanks to a trifecta of living and breathing websites.
After catapulting Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) into uncharted territory to track her journey as an ex-president, Selina's journey this season included publishing a memoir and nearly breaking ground on her presidential library, before deciding to run for president again in the finale. The final episode also revealed another candidate who will be taking her on: Jonah Ryan (Timothy Simons).
Below, The Hollywood Reporter takes a look at what three Veep websites reveal ahead of the show's season seven return next year.
After launching a site for Selina Meyer's fund at the beginning of the season, the minds behind Veep have been updating the site as the fund's purpose morphed throughout the season. Its original name, The Meyer Fund for Adult Literacy, quickly expanded as Selina tacked on causes. The fund, which is run by her daughter-in-law Marjorie (Clea Duvall) is now titled: The Meyer Fund for Adult Literacy, AIDS, The Advancement of Global Democracy, Military Family Assistance & Child Obesity.
In addition to bios, an online literacy test and "press" clips taken from episodes, the fund's site has now added an excerpt from Selina's long-awaited memoir, which was penned by ghostwriter Mike McLintock (Matt Walsh).
The memoir, titled A Woman First: First Woman — "pun intended," as Mike proclaimed — boasts the tagline: "A leader for a year. A female for a lifetime." Available for viewing are the front and back covers, the former featuring the blurry photo of Selina shown during the season. The chosen excerpt is of the book's introduction.
In the three-page preface, Selina writes that she remembers the first day she entered the White House as POTUS well, as it was the birthday of singer Celine Dion and former MLB player Jose Canseco, on Feb. 6, 2016 [Veep's current timeline actually takes place in the future to maintain accuracy]. Mike's influence is seen early in the second paragraph, which provides the weather forecast of the day in unnecessary detail.
She goes on to mention the hardships of her upbringing in Centreville, Maryland — where her childhood nickname was "Smellina" and how the lack of public transportation brought an undesirable "element" to her all-American hometown, which had everything from bankers and doctors to businessmen and "small businessmen" — and she revealed her three life rules.
The Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
Then another rule, "Decide what you want from others so that you may give it back to them in accordance with the Golden Rule."
And finally, a third famous rule that is a bit less Golden but "more realistic": "Let them hate you, as long as they fear you."
In the White House, Selina says she quickly noted the male portraits on the walls, which seemed to be telling her, "Go back to where you belong in the vice-president's office! A woman can't be president!" But she thought of all the women who came before, of all her own struggles and of the people in her life, including her family and staff, who "through opposition, subtle undermining, or sheer incompetence had attempted to thwart me."
So she took a deep breath and told herself, "You're on your own Selina Meyer." She then unnecessarily details the hallways she walked before finally arriving at the Oval.
"I was ready," she concludes. (Read the full excerpt here.)
Once again, Selina is on her own as the finale also saw her breaking up with the one man with whom she finally found happiness — a heartbreaking ending, according to showrunner David Mandel. Now, she is headed to the early days of the campaign trail, and so is Jonah. But just because each of them desires to run for president, doesn't mean they will.
"I will remind the audience that four years ago, Mitt Romney wanted to run for president and people didn't exactly want him running again," Mandel told THR. "Just because she wants to run for president doesn't necessarily mean anything else."
As for Jonah's chances, Mandel also said, "I'm sure there a lot of people running." Jonah does, however, also have a fresh website supporting his bid.
His website, which has morphed from being a campaign site for his run and eventual election as New Hampshire's representative, now blares the words: Jonah For President: The Outsider's Insider.
The site includes a bio, "My Struggle: The Jonah Ryan Story," press clips also from the episodes and where Jonah stands on the issues of his cancer, education, nuclear disarmament, Daylight Saving Time and school lunches.
When Jonah's Uncle Jeff (guest star Peter MacNicol) took him off New Hampshire's Congressional ticket in the penultimate episode, Jeff mentioned that Jonah's cousin, Ezra Kane, would be taking his place.
Ezra also now has own website promoting his run, though the site so far lacks a face since the role has yet to be cast.
When asked about the potential to bring on new faces next season, since he opened up the show to a wide campaign race, Mandel said the show already has a "rich, interesting bench of characters" but that an outsider could always swoop in.
"One of the things that's always very interesting about politics is you get people like Obama, who came out of nowhere. Perhaps it's time for somebody new to come out of nowhere and get under Selina's skin in a different way," he teased.