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Kate Mara
'Veep' hits a higher gear this year
'Veep' hits a higher gear this year

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. After...