Showrunner David Mandel has talked about how the controversies marring U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign has influenced the production team in the making of “Veep” Season 6.
Mandel said that the show is cognizant of the events in Trump’s campaign that have angered people, particularly the backlash that ensued from the emergence of a 2005 video in which the Republican candidate boasted about groping women.
“I think, for us, it will just be rethinking our own internal definitions of what is outrageous language and finding other ways to go with the show, so to speak,” Mandel told the Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy.
Mandel also discussed how real-life U.S. politics, to them, seems to be taking its cues from “Veep.” The Speakeasy report mentioned how Trump pronounced “Nevada” in an odd way during a speech in the state and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who plays President Selina Meyer in the series, tweeted afterward a montage featuring her character mispronouncing the name of the state in the same way.
“You start to wonder, did we do this? I don’t know what to say,” Mandel said. “As Julia said in her [Emmy acceptance] speech, we thought we were making a show, and it turns out we’re making a sobering documentary. It’s frightening and it’s horrible.”
Mendel also made references to such similarities in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in June. “Julia’s very fond of saying that when we had the idea of this boob-ish, foul-mouthed candidate that is Selina Meyer, that it was fiction and perhaps now, not so much,” Mandel said. “There’s no Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders character, but all of these things kind of go into the soup and you reflect on them later. The good news is, when people are so unhappy with the system, they are looking at a way to laugh at it.”
“Veep” Season 6 is slated to premiere in spring next year.