'Veep' Halts Production on Final Season as Julia Louis-Dreyfus Undergoes Breast Cancer Treatment
By Antoinette Bueno
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Production on the final season of Veep has been postponed as the hit show's star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, undergoes treatment for breast cancer.
Executive producer Frank Rich talked about the status of Veep's final season during his appearance on SiriusXM's Press Poolon Wednesday.
"We’re obviously postponing production of the show -- we were supposed to have started now -- while she’s in treatment, but the expectation is that we will shoot again," Rich revealed. "We have one more season we’re doing, which we’re incredibly excited about."
"Rather impressively, while we wait for her to gather her full strength around her treatment, we’ve been having with the cast in Los Angeles table reads of scripts for the final season as they’re ready," Rich continued. "So, it’s been quite something because she’s fighting a serious, what is for anybody, a real illness. And yet, wants to keep working as much as circumstances allow, you know, without being crazy about it."
Rich stressed that Louis-Dreyfus has a "great support system" in the cast and crew of the HBO show.
"I've seen her as recently as 10 days ago, watched her be hilarious playing Selina Meyer with the cast all around her, playing the assorted group of idiots that Selina has to deal with on a weekly basis on the show," he said with a laugh. "She's got a great support system and she's a very strong person. We can't wait to welcome her back at full speed."