‘Veep’ May Return Later Than Expected and Be Ineligible at the 2018 Emmys

HBO’s Veep took home the award for Outstanding Comedy Series at the 2017 Emmys, but the show may return later than expected next year and therefore be ineligible at the 2018 Emmys.

Veep concluded its sixth season back in June, and it has been renewed for one final season that is set to air in 2018. HBO has not announced a premiere date, but it was widely assumed that the show would be back in April. After all, that’s when every other season has premiered.

But a new report from Deadline states that Veep will likely not return until at least June 2018, two months later than expected. This would mean it won’t be eligible at the 2018 Emmys, as shows that are nominated that year have to have broadcast episodes prior to May 31.

Julia Louis-Dreyfuss in Veep on the phone at a desk

Julia Louis-Dreyfuss in Veep | HBO

This news was surprising considering that Veep is scheduled to begin production next month, which is roughly the same time that Season 6 began production. It’s unclear why Season 7’s premiere would be delayed, but it’s possible that some of the episodes are more involved than usual, perhaps including an extended one-hour series finale. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Veep‘s final season will be 10 episodes, the same number as usual.

If this report about Veep‘s return is accurate, it’s a big deal, as the HBO series has had several of the Emmys’ comedy categories locked up for the past few years. in 2018, Veep‘s absence will give some other shows their time to shine, in the same way that Game of Thrones‘ absence this year allowed The Handmaid’s Tale to sweep.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus at the Emmys

Julia Louis-Dreyfus at the Emmys. | Mark Ralston/Getty Images

Assuming a second season of Atlanta airs before the cutoff next year, that’s a strong contender for the Outstanding Comedy Series award at the 2018 Emmys. Donald Glover’s FX show is beloved by critics, and it won awards last night for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.

Veep‘s absence also creates an opportunity for comedic actresses, as Julia Louis-Dreyfuss has taken home the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series every year since 2012. Mom‘s Allison Janney was seen as a strong contender for the award this year, and so it’s quite possible that this is who will win in 2018 with Louis-Dreyfuss ineligible. Janney, an Emmys favorite, has already won the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on Mom, but this year she was upgraded to lead actress.