HBO made it official Monday and renewed Maryland-made "Veep" for a fifth season. But a return to Maryland is not guaranteed, a spokeswoman for the channel said today.
That's because creator Armando Iannucci is leaving the series and a new showrunner, David Mandel, a writer and director of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," will be taking over. (Read that here.)
Since showrunners are responsible for getting series made and delivered to an outlet like HBO for distribution, they sometimes have the power to say where the series will be produced.
A decision on where the series will be made is expected shortly, according to HBO.
With an infrastructure in place in Maryland, a return makes sense. But it is not guaranteed with Iannucci leaving.
HBO Monday also renewed "Silicon Valley" for a third season.
Here's the release:
HBO has renewed the comedy series VEEP for a fifth season and SILICON VALLEY for a third season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.
“VEEP and SILICON VALLEY are terrific series, and I’m immensely proud that they will return to HBO next year,” noted Lombardo. “Along with ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,’ both of which have already been renewed for 2016, they give HBO a stellar Sunday night like no other.”
Created by Armando Iannucci, VEEP stars Emmy® and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus as new President Selina Meyer, for whom even the most banal action can have unexpected and far-reaching consequences. The Emmy®-nominated series kicked off its ten-episode fourth season Sunday, April 12 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT).
In addition to Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the ensemble cast for the fourth season includes Emmy® winner Tony Hale, Emmy® nominee Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott, Matt Walsh, Timothy Simons, Sufe Bradshaw, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole and Sam Richardson.
The Emmy®- and Golden Globe®-nominated series SILICON VALLEY takes a comic look at the modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. A collaboration between Mike Judge and Alec Berg, the show returned for its ten-episode second season Sunday, April 12 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT).
Season four credits: VEEP was created by Armando Iannucci; executive produced by Armando Iannucci, Christopher Godsick, Frank Rich, Chris Addison, Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Stephanie Laing.
Season two credits: SILICON VALLEY was created by Mike Judge & John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky; executive producers, Mike Judge, Alec Berg, John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky, Michael Rotenberg and Tom Lassally; co-executive producers, Dan O’Keefe and Clay Tarver; supervising producers, Sonny Lee and Ron Weiner; producers, Carrie Kemper and Jim Kleverweis.