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“Veep” actor Timothy Simons has a conundrum: he’s a nice guy who plays one of the most annoying characters on television. Simons plays White House staffer Jonah Ryan on the HBO comedy — a character who is usually the butt of everyone’s jokes, yet also the one who would make an offensive remark about this sentence.
With Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s Selina Meyer in the White House this season, Jonah has been hired by the current vice president (Phil Reeves) to act as a spy for his team. Unfortunately for Jonah, he’s still a pro at putting his foot in his mouth — and the new Veep’s chief of staff Teddy (Patton Oswalt) can’t keep his hands to himself.
Simons talked to Variety about Jonah’s seeming unceasing ability to take abuse.
How is Jonah still ticking?
Well, he is kind of a cockroach in that way. Nothing keeps him down. »
- Whitney Friedlander
While “Game of Thrones” sucks up oxygen with the frenzy surrounding its spring return, HBO also brings back two comedies preoccupied with money and power, respectively, in the sitcoms “Silicon Valley” and “Veep.” Granted, the latter is now actually misnamed, given that its central figure has received an improbable promotion, although given the headaches that bedevil her team, being “Veep” is really more a state of mind than a title. “Silicon Valley,” meanwhile, has impressively built into its storyline a real-life development that struck the show, and come away not only unbowed but with perhaps a renewed sense of vigor.
The relationship between these two programs isn’t immediately obvious, but both strive for a lighthearted tone, compared with the indie-film-like sensibilities of HBO’s “Girls,” “Looking” and “Togetherness,” all relatively dour examinations of personal relationships and urban self-absorption.
- Brian Lowry
April 17th promises to be a night of big laughs and lots of blood as HBO scheduled Game of Thrones' Season Five premiere on the same Sunday night as the returns of Silicon Valley and the fourth season of Veep. While the political comedy might lack the gore of George R.R. Martin's fantasy series, the world of Veep is every bit as cutthroat as Season Four of the series finds the titular Vice President Selina Meyer, portrayed by Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus, settling into the role of Potus »
3 items from 2015
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