Interview: Veep showrunner David Mandel on engineering Selina’s “worst nightmare”

Note: This interview discusses major plot points from the Veep season finale.

There was never a question in Veep showrunner David Mandel’s mind that Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) was going to lose her bid for president. But Mandel dealt her an even bigger blow in the fifth-season finale. Though she would have reluctantly become vice president to her running mate, Tom James (Hugh Laurie), to hang on to some shred of power, the deciding Senate vote went in favor of his opponent, Laura Montez (Andrea Savage).

So why didn’t Mandel want to make Selina veep again? “I hate to say it, that sounds like a network note from NBC broadcast standards or something,” he told The A.V. Club in a phone conversation earlier Monday. “If you want to see her as veep, watch the first three seasons. It’s sort of been there, done that.” Mandel, however …

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