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'Veep' loses Iannucci but appears to get renewal for Season 5

"Veep," the Maryland-made HBO satire that starts is fourth season at 10:30 Sunday night, got some bad news and some semi-good news today.

Armando Iannucci, the brilliant U.K satirist who created the series, is leaving the show.

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Iannucci is such a singular voice and has so stamped this production with his core of British writers and improvisational style of rehearsal, that I wonder if he can be replaced.

But HBO issued a statement today that names David Mandel, writer and director for "Curb Your Enthusiasm," as his replacement.

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"We have had conversations with Armando for some time about the challenges of maintaining his family life in London and producing a show in the states," the statement said.

"Armando is not replaceable but we are confident that VEEP will continue to be produced at the highest levels with new showrunner, David Mandel.  David has worked with HBO for many years as executive producer, writer and director for Curb Your Enthusiasm."

The statement certainly makes it seem like "Veep" will be back for Season 5. Otherwise, why name a new showrunner?

And that's good news for Maryland - and fans of political satire.

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Here's hoping Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Matt Walsh and some of the other cast members who are steeped in improv can keep this series at the level to which Iannucci brought it.

Hollywood Reporter first reported Iannucci's departure.

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