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Veep and Julia Louis-Dreyfus have done it again.
The HBO series won for best comedy series at the Emmy Awards on Sunday and the show’s star, Louis-Dreyfus, took home her sixth consecutive win for her role as ex-president Selina Meyer, a record run for any actor.
For the second year in a row, showrunner David Mandel took the stage to accept the award on behalf of Veep, which will be airing its final season when it returns next year.
“I was honestly just happy she won,” said Mandel, referencing his star. “I’m out of a job. I guess we all are. So if anyone hears of anything, I’m looking for movie work but I’ll do television.” He praised the series, which he’s showrun for the last two seasons after creator Armando Iannucci’s departure, crediting its success to having a “no jerkoffs policy — and honestly other than Julia we really stick to it.”
The Veep star’s win marks the most by a performer in the same role in Emmy history. Louis-Dreyfus, now with eight total, ties Cloris Leachman for the most Emmys won by a performer.
“This is and continues to be the role of a lifetime and an adventure of utter joy,” said Louis-Dreyfus when she took the stage.
When asked backstage about tying with Leachman, she praised the veteran actress and launched into an impression of Leachman’s performance in Young Frankenstein. “I’m sort of numb, I can’t believe it,” Louis-Dreyfus said.
Mentioning the upcoming final season, the actress and producer said she and Mandel have a great final run in store with “a lot of surprises.”
One storyline, however, had to get scrapped. “We did have a whole storyline about an impeachment, but we abandoned that because we were worried someone else might get to it first,” she half-joked. Last season, Mandel said the show had to do away with a “golden shower” joke because of Trump’s Russia dossier.
Veep went into Sunday’s Primetime Emmys with the most heat of any comedy, thanks to continued critical adoration for the political farce and two consecutive wins for the top half-hour prize in 2015 and 2016. HBO’s signature sitcom got early momentum at the Creative Arts ceremony with three wins, including one for casting, and picked up a new record for nominations for a comedy with 17 total this year.
The big night saw multiple writing and directing nominations, as well as mentions for supporting castmembers Tony Hale, Matt Walsh and Anna Chlumsky. Though the trio lost in their respective categories (Hale and Walsh competing against one another), the co-stars made light of their losses with a group “loser” photo on Twitter.
Loser photo!! pic.twitter.com/0Sw8sTbIRo
— Tony Hale (@MrTonyHale) September 18, 2017
There was more attention on Veep than ever during its sixth season, which began production before the shocking results of the 2016 presidential election and had to deal with potential D.C. fatigue as it aired during a decidedly different political climate from the Obama years of its first five seasons.
Season six marked a major change for the series, as it followed Selina’s life post-presidency. “I’m honestly just glad that in our world Selina lost so we get to kind of do our own show. Obviously the comparisons are going to be there but you’re not watching us do a scene in the oval office and then watching him do a scene in the oval office,” Mandel said backstage of the Trump administration. “He ends up kind of being the 30 Rock to our Studio 60. I think they’re doing a better job at being funnier.”
Just after the 2017 Emmy voting window closed, HBO confirmed that Veep‘s upcoming seventh season will be its last — which means that the show will have one more year of eligibility in 2018. That means Louis-Dreyfus, the most decorated TV actor of all time with her stunning Emmy wins and 24 total nominations heading into this year’s show, will have another year to further improve her almost unreachable record.
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