[Contains ghost-written memoirs and SPOILERS!!!]
Rather than rest on its laurels, Veep changed things up for its third season, sending ‘Selina Meyer’ (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) off across America on the campaign trail… no longer content to just sit in her office, waiting for an increasingly estranged President to call, she had her sights set on the boss’s chair with the big red button! Traditionally sitcoms rely on a certain built-in stasis, always sending their characters back to square one at the end of an episode… but here the show broke out of its familiar setting and rhythms, with a twisty-turny storyline that kept me guessing right up to the very last scene of the finale! In fact, I’m not even sure what the fourth season will look like, now that Selina’s wish has been (temporarily, and not very gracefully) granted… but I’ve no doubt it will be just as more-ish as this season was.
While I have applaud the show’s ambition and willingness to experiment, one downside to the format change was that we saw a little less of Anna Chlumsky (as the vice president’s chief of staff, ‘Amy’) this time around… though she did eventually score the campaign manager gig, after first-choice ‘Dan’ (Reid Scott) flamed out. On the upside, we had another cameo from Sally Phillips as ‘Minna Häkkinen’, the former Prime Minister of Finland (ep #3.6, “Detroit”), and several appearances by Kathy Najimy as ‘Wendy Keegan’, a whip-smart reporter who also happens to be the newly-wed wife of Selina’s press secretary, ‘Mike’ (Matt Walsh). Though it’s never explained how a sad-sack like him managed to score such a stylish and savvy spouse, their scenes together were very sparky and sweet, and I’d be happy to see them get a spin-off of their own someday… preferably with ‘Jonah’ (Timothy Simons) living/lurking in their basement!