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Meet former President Selina Meyer.
“Well this last year has been fun! Ya know, really fun!” says Selina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), through gritted teeth, in the trailer for Veep‘s sixth season.
While making an appearance on CBS This Morning, Selina, who lost the presidential election last season, admits: “The loss hurt, but I did take this opportunity to reacquaint myself with an old friend of mine by the name of Selina Meyer.”
The first official look at the HBO comedy, which returns April 16, dropped during a panel with the cast and showrunner David Mandel at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Tim Simons, Reid Scott, Anna Chlumsky, Gary Cole, Sam Richardson and Matt Walsh were all in attendance.
Veep dashed all of Selina’s hopes and dreams when the fifth season ended with her losing the presidential election and vacating the White House — a prescient finale considering Hillary Clinton’s later loss to President Donald Trump.
Many of the main players make an appearance in the trailer. Gary (Hale), of course, remains right by Selina’s side, but the others have now fanned out. When Selina encounters newly appointed Congressman Jonah Ryan (Simons), she commands: “I will destroy you in ways that are so creative they will honor me at the Kennedy Center.”
The sixth season is set to follow Selina into uncharted waters outside the White House to track veep-turned-POTUS‘ life as a former president.
“From one of the early moments that they started talking to me about the show and I learned about the [season four finale] election tie, in my soul of souls, I felt like she could not win the presidency,” Mandel, who took over as showrunner between seasons four and five, told The Hollywood Reporter after the finale. “Her winning the election would be giving her what she wants. The comedy of Veep and Selina Meyer is her never getting what she wants.”
Now with Veep‘s America seeing its first elected female president with Laura Montez (Andrea Savage) — as viewers will recall, Selina was not elected into the Oval — Mandel said he wanted to explore his leading character’s worst fear of losing to another woman.
“We’re going to get to see the former president of the United States in the next stage of her career and to some extent, the quest for relevancy,” Mandel teased of what to expect. “How does she live in a world where, when she turns on the television, she’s going to see this other president?”
Mandel said there’s “so much ex-president stuff to do,” explaining how there’s a tradition of former presidents being invited back and being sent on missions.
As for how Selina will emotionally handle the transition, however, Mandel said matter-of-factly: “She’s not someone who deals well with loss.”
He added: “Is an ex-president ever a normal person, with ’round-the-clock Secret Service agents? And by the way, where is she going to live? What’s her money situation? MeeMaw left all her money to Catherine. What happens when an ex-president doesn’t have a lot of money? Is she going to write a book? Does anyone want another book by Selina Meyer? What does the world think of her? She was president for 12 months basically. How does the world feel about her and how does she remind the world that she’s still important?”
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