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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2012
HBO renewed its two new Sunday-night comedies 'VEEP' and "Girls' for a second season, and that's great news for the Baltimore TV and film production community. HBO made the announcement Monday afternoon via Twitter: "We're happy to announce #Veep and #Girls have both been picked up for a second season. @GirlsHBO. " The second season order on "VEEP" is for 10 episodes, which should mean about $15 million to the local economy.   I predicted an announcement within days after seeing the premiere week ratings for "VEEP.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2014
When Emmy Award nominations were announced last month, two Maryland-made series were front and center in the news. HBO's “Veep” and the Netflix drama “House of Cards” made the short list for best comedy and drama, respectively, with a pack of other nominations for writers, directors and stars. Almost all the coverage - mine included - was about Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. But there were other nominations announced at the same time in the creative arts category - nominations that didn't get nearly as much attention.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2012
There's a lot of excitement for "Veep," the new political satire from Armando Iannucci, responsible for the great "In the Loop," and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. At the Ottobar, the staff will be watching the show closely, for the Charles Village venue was one of its several shooting locations in Baltimore.  In anticipation of the first episode April 22, they recall the day their bar was turned into The Labyrinth.  Though the Ottobar will likely be featured in a scene not longer than five minutes, setting up for the shoot started early, at 8 a.m. on November 11., said owner Craig Boarman, head of security Cole Crick, and bartender Tecla Tesnau.  "The set-up was pretty hectic," Tesnau said.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
There was a strong Baltimore flavor to the nominations for the 2014 Emmys announced today. Baltimore-made "House of Cards," the first non-TV series to win a major Emmy last year, scored in three of the highest categories with nominations for best drama, best actor in a drama (Kevin Spacey) and best actress (Robin Wright). Creator and showrunner Beau Willlimon was nominated for best writing in a drama series, while Carl Franklin is a nominee for his direction. Kate Mara and Reg E. Cathey also earned nominations as best guest actor and actress.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2012
From a Sunday magazine cover piece to Page One stories and blogs posts, I feel like I have been writing about the new HBO satire "VEEP" for at least a year. But the series starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus  as Selina Meyer, a former senator who becomes vice president of the United States, doesn't debut until Sunday. I've been writing about it so much because this rich and daring series from Armando Iannucci is Maryland made. So, everyone knows what I think about "VEEP. " I love the performance by Louis-Dreyfus, who takes great risks and nails comedic nuances that most TV actors never get within shouting distance of intheir careers.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2012
UPDATES WITH MORE BALTIMORE NOMINEES: HBO's Baltimore productions "VEEP"  and "Game Change" got some solid Emmy notice with the comedy earning a best actress nomination for Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the made-for-TV movie about the 2008 presidential election picking up best actor and actress nominations for Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson. Overall, "VEEP" received three nominations including one for best comedy, while "Game Change"  earned additional nominations for Ed Harris as best supporting actor in a movie or miniseries and as best movie or miniseries.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2012
Whatever happens Sunday night in Los Angeles, Baltimore is already a winner when it comes to this year's Emmy Awards. Last Saturday at the creative arts Emmys, which are awarded in off-camera categories, Baltimore casting director Pat Moran was honored for her work on HBO's “Game Change.” The film, which tells the story of the 2008 presidential campaign of John McCain and Sarah Palin, was made here in 2011 and brought top-flight TV production back...
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2011
"VEEP," the HBO political satire starring Julia-Louis-Dreyfus, started production Monday on location in the Baltimore area, Gov. Martin O'Malley and the cable channel said. The Maryland Film Office estimates that the first season of the series will result in 2,000 jobs for crew members and actors and $25 million in economic impact for the state. The estimate is based on HBO doing five weeks of prep and eight weeks of filming here on the seven episodes yet to be made for season one. The producers will also be purchasing and renting goods or services from hundreds of Maryland businesses, according to the film office.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2012
Baltimore gets lots of face time in “VEEP,” the Maryland-made HBO political satire starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. But so far, all of it has been as a stand-in for Washington, the setting of this fictional series about the vice president of the United States. Last week, the Ottobar and the New Wyman Park restaurant doubled as D.C. settings for a rock concert and a breakfast meeting between two political aides. This week, however, in an episode titled “Baseball,” Baltimore gets to play itself in a story line that finds Vice President Selina Meyer (Louis-Dreyfus)
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2012
Julia Louis-Dreyfus  posted this lovely little picture Friday. And it's one of the reasons folks in Baltimore are so happy to have her shooting the HBO series "VEEP"  here. Julia Louis-Dreyfus on WhoSay Louis-Dreyfus is one of the most important comedy performers in the history of television based just on her work in "Seinfeld," which earned her an "Emmy. " But she's also won an Emmy for "The New Adventures of Old Christine," and is nominated for another as best lead comedy actress for the first season on "VEEP.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2014
(UPDATE 2: Netflix exec thinks budget differences between Maryland and "House of Cards" are "over-comeable. " (UPDATE: HBO confirms "Veep" will be returning to Baltimore to film Season 4.) HBO today announced that it is renewing "Veep" for a fourth season and will return to Baltimore to produce it. The political satire starring Julia-Louis Dreyfus as Vice President Selina Meyer has filmed the last three seasons in Baltimore. "HBO has had a long history of shooting long form projects in Baltimore dating back to 'The Corner,'" a spokeswoman for the show said earlier this month when asked about a return.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
Standing in a pile of construction rubble on a cold and dirty location set at the Lord Baltimore Hotel here in January, I didn't know what to expect from Season 3 of HBO's "Veep. " Everyone in the cast and crew, including star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, seemed to be suffering from a chest-busting virus that was signaled by the most awful-sounding cough. Grim doesn't start to describe the mood as they prepped for the filming of a scene featuring a make-believe employment conference. Director Chris Addington suddenly found himself after a post-lunch conversation with Louis-Dreyfus confronted with the need for a serious rewrite of the scene he was about to shoot.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2014
Talk about the magic of television. HBO's "Veep" won an Art Directors Guild Award over the weekend for a most impressive act of TV transformation. Led by production designer Jim Gloster, Baltimore's Engineers Club and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport were made to stand in for Helsinki, Finland, in a Season 2 episode titled "Helsinki. " The episode features Vice President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) on a disastrous diplomatic trip to Finland.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
Don't plan on dining at Cedar Cafe tonight. Unless you're in the cast of "VEEP. " The HBO show is filming at the Mediterranean cafe on Burke Avenue, according to an update posted early Friday morning to the restaurant's Facebook page.   Cedar Cafe promised its customers that the popular Friday night buffet would return the following week. #sigshell { padding: 10px; float: left; width: 320px; height: 52px; margin: 20px 0px; display: block; } #sigheadshot{ float: left; margin: 0px 10px 0px 0px; }
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2014
Baltimore-made "Veep" and "House of Cards" won Writers Guild of America honors over the weekend. HBO's "Veep" won for best comedy writing over "Modern Family," "30 Rock," "Orange Is the New Black" and "Parks and Recreation. " Those named in the award for "Veep" are: Simon Blackwell, Roger Drew, Sean Gray, Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin, Georgia Pritchett, David Quantick, Tony Roche and Will Smith. "House of Cards," from Netflix, won for best writing in a new series. It beat out "The Americans," "Masters of Sex," "Orange Is the New Black" and "Ray Donovan.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2014
Julia Louis-Dreyfus won a top SAG Award Saturday night for her work in Baltimore-made "Veep. " TV's all-time leader in comedy Emmys was honored for outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series by the Screen Actors Guild for her portrayal as Vice President Selina Meyer in the HBO political satire. Other TV winners Saturday were AMC's "Breaking Bad" for outstanding ensemble performance in a drama, and the series' star, Bryan Cranston, for outstanding performance by a male actor.
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By DAN BERGER | March 18, 1992
Buchanan for Veep on the Brown ticket!Lucky old Shamir gets to run for re-election on a platform of standing up to bossy Uncle Sam. Looks like a winner.
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April 27, 2012
Thank you, David Zurawik , for your review of VEEP ('VEEP' nails our dim-witted politics," April 22).Julia Louis-Dreyfus is certainly very good, as always, and has a wonderful #@%$ cast to @$#%^ support her. I think the #@%$y dialogue is *#$@ing wonderful. I especially like the bad language they use every &%-@^# second of the show. Well, thanks for your #@%$ time. This show is really the #@$%^ and how! Frank Fletcher, Baltimore
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
Baltimore-made "Veep" and "House of Cards," and stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Kevin Spacey came up big in Golden Globe nominations announced Thursday. Dreyfus was nominated as best actress both in film and TV comedy by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The film nomination came for her work in "Enough Said," while the TV nod was for "Veep," the HBO political satire that features Louis-Dreyfus as Vice President Selina Meyer, "House of Cards," the Netflix political thriller, picked up four major nominations.
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November 23, 2013
Baltimore Sun contributor Sloane Brown was picking up lunch at Whole Foods last week when she found herself singing along to a Beach Boys song that was playing in the store. "So hoist up the John B's sail, see how the mainsail sets," sang Brown as she bent over the salad bar. "Let me go home, let me go home. I wanna go home. " Then she realized she wasn't the only one singing along to the Beach Boys' 1966 hit. A person on the other side of the salad bar was singing, too, and he looked very familiar.
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