City Paper is not for tourists
Veep, the upcoming HBO comedy series starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, is shooting in the District today and Saturday, the District’s Film Office writes in a press release. The series filmed parts of its pilot in D.C. this March, but the production has been spending most of its time in Baltimore, thanks to a very generous package of tax breaks and credits from the state of Maryland.
So where are they filming this week? According to the Film Office’s site, today they’re scheduled to shoot on Constitution Ave. NW between 12th and 14th streets until 11 p.m. And on Saturday the show is doing driving shoots all around town—-including close to the Vice President’s Residence at Observatory Circle.
You’ll remember—-and the D.C. Film Office is happy to remind you—-that back in July, Mayor Vince Gray visited Hollywood and met with HBO executives. At the time, Arts Desk’s Benjamin R. Freed wrote:
The three D.C. officials also sat down with HBO to discuss the possibility of basing more of Veep‘s filming in Washington. [Film Office spokesperson Leslie] Green says the face-to-face meeting greatly improved the likelihood of that happening, based on an HBO executive telling Gray and [Film Office head Crystal] Palmer that their visit “clearly shows D.C. is engaged more than ever in attracting production.”
Out of the gate, the show has a lot going for it: Its creator is Armando Iannucci, the Scottish director behind the merciless political comedy In the Loop, and its channel is HBO, which probably means Veep will be very funny, very smart, and not especially feel-good. (That one of its executive producers is the New York magazine columnist Frank Rich leaves me agnostic.) But does the show’s Mary Sue-ish premise strike you as more appropriate to, say, the first season of Felicity?:
Centers on former Senator Selina Meyer who finds being Vice President of the United States is nothing like she expected and everything everyone ever warned about.