Battleground and Veep

Battleground is Hulu’s first original scripted web-series.  It is a mockumentary about a state senate campaign in Wisconsin.  Battleground is a comedy with a few poignant or serious moments here and there.  The show focuses on the campaign manager, a few staff members, and a young volunteer. New episodes on Tuesdays!

I love politics; I’m a huge West Wing nerd.  And I especially love political satire: In the Loop, The Thick of It, Dr. Strangelove, even some aspects of Parks and Rec hit the mark.

Another political show on the horizon is Veep. Coming to HBO in April, it stars Julia Louis Dreyfus as the Vice President (and Anna Chlumsky from My Girl and In the Loop and Tony Hale from Arrested Development). The show is sure to be hilarious, due to Armando Iannucci’s involvement (creator of The Thick of It). Here is the new trailer:

 

PS: Jack De Sena from Dorm Life plays Cole Graner in Battlefield! What a small world!

Successful Alcoholics

Starring Lizzy Caplan (Mean Girls, Party Down) and TJ Miller (Our Idiot Brother), Successful Alcoholics is a short, dark comedy that you should watch.  Successful Alcoholics was shown at Sundance, SXSW, AFI and over 30 other festivals.  The film also includes Nick Kroll, Tony Hale, Matt Braunger, and Whitney Cummings.

The entire film is available at Funny or Die.

Trailer:

 

The film features music from the Little Miss Sunshine Soundtrack by DeVotchKa and Mychael Danna.

Veep Premieres in April on HBO

OMG.  SO excited.  Not only do I love Julia Louis-Dreyfus, but I love the director of this new series, Armando Iannucci.

From HuffPo:

In “Veep,” Louis-Dreyfus plays former Senator Selina Meyer, the new vice president of the United States. Her character quickly learns the job isn’t exactly what she thought it would be.

The show also stars Sufe Bradshaw (“Overnight”), Anna Chlumsky (“My Girl”), Tony Hale (“Arrested Development”), Reid Scott (“My Boys”), Tim Simons (“Days Together”) and Matt Walsh (“Outsourced”).

Iannucci was the co-writer and director of In the Loop, one of my favorite films and a great piece of political satire, and he wrote and directed The Thick of It, a fantastic tv show satirizing British politics.

In the Loop:

 

The Thick of It:

Iannucci is a genius.