HBO has picked up its merrily profane Beltway comedy, Veep, for a fourth season, while locking in the newbie Mike Judge strip, Silicon Valley, for a second run.
Created by Armando Iannucci, Veep stars Seinfeld alum Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer, the nation’s most unapologetically potty-mouthed vice president since Lyndon Baines Johnson. Louis-Dreyfus has won two Emmy Awards for her work on the show, which premiered on April 22, 2012.
The ensemble comedy also stars Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Mike Walsh and Timothy Simons as the universally despised White House liaison to the vice president’s office, Jonah Ryan.
After ABC shot down a pilot based on his BBC satire, The Thick of It, Iannucci developed Veep as an HBO series in 2011. As with his U.K. endeavors, Veep is elevated by Iannucci’s dialogue, which teems with insults, putdowns and, er, impolite language.
(This inspired coinage by Chlumsky’s Amy Brookheimer is a treasure.)
To date, Veep drew its biggest deliveries with the third episode of Season 2, which notched 1.32 million viewers and a 0.7 in the 18-49 demo. The show returned for its third cycle on Sunday, April 6, averaging 955,000 viewers and a 0.5 rating.
Also earning a quick renewal was Judge’s Silicon Valley, which premiered three weeks ago to a very sturdy 1.98 million viewers and a 1.1 in the demo.
Silicon Valley stars Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Martin Starr and the late Christopher Evan Welch as Peter Gregory, a billionaire V.C. The show airs at 10 p.m. EDT, leading out of HBO’s massive fantasy franchise, Game of Thrones.
The twin renewals were announced two weeks after HBO confirmed that it had committed to a fifth and sixth season of Thrones.