The fact that HBO's latest half-hour comedy Veep is premiering a full week after Girls is something of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, so much attention, hype and praise was lavished upon Lena Dunham's series in the run-up to its debut that Veep finally bowed last night feeling almost like an afterthought, despite the presence of an established TV actress (as opposed to an untested multi-hyphenate dabbling in the medium for the first time) in the form of Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Actually, having Louis-Dreyfus on board might have equally contributed to the perception of Veep as an also-ran in the race to anoint the next great HBO series. Look at the fresh-faced youngsters adorning the posters and teasers for Girls and you feel like you're gazing at the next generation of television stars. Seeing Louis-Dreyfus adorning her own one-sheet, on the other hand, seems like a nod to the past.
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