11:45am PT by Rick Porter
'Veep's' Timothy Simons to Star in Assisted-Suicide Comedy for HBO
Veep star Timothy Simons is staying with HBO for his next series project.
The actor is writing and will star in Exit Plans, a comedy about a man who runs a business providing assisted-suicide services. While that's not exactly a subject rife with laughs, the potential show will focus more on the lead character's life than the clients he serves.
Per HBO, Exit Plans takes place in 2019, when assisted suicide has been legalized. A man from California opens a small business helping people transition into death peacefully (in real life, California has a law on the books that has been challenged in the courts) while struggling to keep hold of his own crumbling personal life. In other words, he's trying to figure out his life while ending yours.
Simons is executive producing with Will Graham of Field Trip Productions.
Exit Plans is the second project HBO is working on with a member of the Veep family. Series creator Armando Ianucci has a pilot order for Avenue 5, a comedy set in space starring Hugh Laurie (who has recurred on Veep).
Simons has played White House staffer turned congressman Jonah Ryan for all of Veep's six-season run. The seventh and final season of the multiple Emmy winner is set to air in 2019.
Simons is repped by UTA, Daylight Media and Myman Greenspan.