HBO has released trailers for two very promising new series.
Veep (which has been picked up for eight episodes, and debuts April 22), from Armando Iannucci and Simon Blackwell (of In the Loop- surely one of the best comedies in the last five years- and The Thick of It), stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as an in-over-her-head fictional Vice President.
Anna Chlumsky (In the Loop), Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Matt Walsh (Be Kind Rewind, Role Models, I Love You, Man), Reid Scott (The Big C, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, My Boys), Sufe Bradshaw (Star Trek) and Timothy Simons also star.
Girls, from Lena Dunham (the writer, director and lead actress of the odd, honest, buzzed-about independent film Tiny Furniture), is an ensemble piece led by Dunham set in New York City. Dunham, Judd Apatow and Jennifer Konner (Help Me Help You, In the Motherhood) will executive produce, and Tiny Furniture stand-out Jemima Kirke will co-star, as will Zosia Mamet (Mad Men, United States of Tara, The Kids Are All Right, Greenberg, Parenthood), Adam Driver (J. Edgar, You Don’t Know Jack, Spielberg’s upcoming Lincoln) and Allison Williams (Brian Williams’ daughter, responsible for the kick-ass version of Nat King Cole’s “Nature Boy” set to the Mad Men theme “A Beautiful Mine”).