Here's some good, surprising news for you: Something genuinely great is happening in Washington. Well, OK, technically it's happening in Baltimore, but it's Baltimore pretending to be Washington. You see, British political comedy writer Armando Iannucci has created a show called Veep starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and it is LOL funny. I know the promos haven't been that enticing, but the three episodes I've seen are as delightfully clever and madcap as, yes I'm gonna say it, Arrested Development.
Louis-Dreyfus plays Selina Meyer, a former tenacious senator turned frustrated vice president to an unseen POTUS. She and her bumbling but ultimately vaguely competent staff (among them Arrested's Tony Hale, UCB's Matt Walsh, and Vada Sultenfuss herself, Anna Chlumsky) spend their days trying to, well, merely get through the day without political catastrophe. Selina has a "clean jobs" bill and a filibuster reform thing that she's trying to get through congress, and so we watch her make tenuous, awkward deals with senators and gladhand with lobbyists with smarmy smiles. The show has a breakneck, almost exhaustingly frantic pace that would probably be jangling and unpleasant if there weren't so many terrific one-liners and gorgeous strands of profanity amidst all the frenzy. The show is verbally dexterous in dizzyingly satisfying fashion, a flurry of words ably kept up in the air by actors with uncanny senses of timing.