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Fans of Julia Louis-Dreyfus have apart from her cameo as Liz Lemon in this season's live episode of "30 Rock" missed seeing her on TV since the cancellation of "The New Adventures of Old Christine." (I guess we can also see her in reruns of "Seinfeld" and "Christine," but it's not the same!) So this weekend has brought great news: She'll return to headlining a new sitcom starting next year.

Last October, HBO greenlit Louis-Dreyfus's new pilot "Veep," from Armando Iannucci. Now picked up to go to series, "Veep" revolves around a U.S. Senator who becomes Vice-President and has to learn the job...on the job. And since Amy Poehler isn't available to play her (she's playing the equally ambitious-yet-beleaguered Leslie Knope on "Parks & Recreation") Louis-Dreyfus won the role.

Though Iannucci is not exactly well-known, even among TV producers, he should be, because he's a genius. Iannucci created the British sitcom "The Thick Of It," from which sprang the criminally overlooked 2008 feature film "In The Loop," about the (fictional) run-up to an early-'00s war in the Middle East, as seen from the perspective of two sets of staffers, in the U.S. and in the U.K. (It's been rerunning lately on Starz, so if you've never watched it, you really should.)

Those who don't know Iannucci's background may think that a White House sitcom sounds like a snooze, so don't worry: He is capable of silliness too. He's collaborated with comic actor Steve Coogan (who played the crooked hedge funder in last summer's "The Other Guys"), most notably on the faux talk show "Knowing Me, Knowing You," and its subsequent spinoff, "I'm Alan Partridge."

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