I was lost in the writing of a magazine story Tuesday when I found out about HBO's Julia Louis-Dreyfus pilot "VEEP" coming to Baltimore. Because I knew I had it first, I wrote it hard and fast as straight news -- with emphasis on what the pilot could mean for local production in Maryland. And then I rushed back to he magazine deadline I am stilll chasing. You can read it here.
Indicative of the kind of day it has been, it is now 12:50 a.m. Wednesday, and I am first getting the chance to add a bit of background to the news.
Everyone knows what a terrific comedic actress Louis-Dreyfus is and can imagine on their own how good she might be a in a political satire featuring a woman vice president of the United States.
But what folks might not know is how smart and wickedly funny Armando Iannucci, the director and co-writer of the pilot, can be. For that, I recommend a viewing of "In the Loop," a screamingly smart and savvy satire of British politics and US-UK relations. The 2009 film stars Gina McKee, Tom Hollander, Peter Capaldi and James Gandolfini.
If you love politics, especially the cynical and calculating inside baseball aspects of politics, you will think you have died and gone to heaven watching this film. It is darker than your darkest suspicions about political operatives. Iannucci directed and wrote it -- and that makes him one of my all-time heroes. Just thinking about the film redeems this wretched day of 17 hours at the computer in an instant.
And yes, the Frank Rich listed as one of the executive producers is the columnist from the New York Times.
This could indeed turn out to be a special series, and while the pilot alone will provide some much needed production jobs in Baltimore, wouldn't it be great if "VEEP" went to series and wound up being filmed here?
I can't wait to see what Iannuci does with American politics, the vice presidency and the many talents of Louis-Dreyfus.
Please stop back and let readers here know what you thought of "In the Loop" after you've seen it. If you already have seen it, please comment away.