HBO's Veep needs more mean

By RYAN STEWART  |  April 23, 2012

Veep's strength lies in its portrayal Meyer's staff: her top aide Amy (Anna Chlumsky, from My Girl), her fiercely loyal (and helpful!) body man Gary (Tony Hale, a/k/a Buster from Arrested Development), her press guy Mike (Matt Walsh), and new hire Dan (Reid Scott), whom Amy describes as "a shit" — which pretty much sums up the level of camaraderie among co-workers here. Whereas on government-centric shows like The West Wing and Parks and Recreation the workplace is portrayed as a caring family, Selina Meyer's staff is more contentious. Granted, it's amusing, particularly when they call out Mike over the imaginary dog that he uses as an excuse to get out of things. And no matter how much they hate each other, they still hate the arrogant, douchey White House liaison Jonah (Timothy Simons) more. And who can blame them when he's constantly referencing his status as an employee of the president? The fact that Veep can wring laughter out of nastiness is a good sign. Its success will depend on its ability to focus that nastiness on the right targets.

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