Iannucci dreams of alien crossover with new hit Veep
Thick of It writer wants lizard aliens to invade his HBO comedy series starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus
TV SATIRE writer Armando Iannucci thinks his new comedy series Veep, set in the office of a fictional US vice-president, should feature a Cyclon from Battlestar Galactica and Ned Stark from Game of Thrones.
The HBO series uses the same cinéma-vérité production style as Iannucci's hit BBC television political satire The Thick Of It but transposes the action to Washington. Former Seinfeld actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars as Selina Meyers, a recently installed vice-president trying to make her mark on the political scene.
Veep won mostly positive reviews when it premiered in the US in April, with The Hollywood Reporter calling it "an Emmy-worthy effort". Louis-Dreyfus was also a hit, The Los Angeles Times calling her performance "first-rate funny".
UK critics also gave it the thumbs-up when it premiered here on Monday, The Guardian calling it "an inspired piece of writing and casting". But if Iannucci had been given free rein, the show might have been something else altogether.
In an interview with New York Magazine's Vulture blog yesterday, Iannucci was asked what other television show he would like to do a crossover with. Iannucci said he thought the recently rebooted sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica "marvellous" and would love it if one of the vice-president's staff was a Cyclon – one of the lizard-like aliens that feature in the series.
Iannucci added that he would like to see Ned Stark, a character from the fantasy TV series Game of Thrones who was killed off in Season One, revived in Veep. "Ned Stark could walk through the door to the vice-president's office, draw his sword, and then get gunned down by 15 Secret Service guys," Iannucci said.
In a separate interview with The Independent, Iannucci said he was considering working on a new type of project. "I want to spend the summer thinking about something that's going to be more of challenging," Iannucci said, "something that could fail."
Back in the real world, Iannucci's current writing project is actually a new series of The Thick of It, which will reportedly focus on the Liberal Democrats. The Battlestar/ Game of Thrones political satire crossover will have to wait.
Episode 2 of Veep will be broadcast on Monday 2 July at 10pm, Sky Atlantic. ·