<p>Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep</p>

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep

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Here's what comes next after last night's surprising 'Veep' finale

Showrunner David Mandel explains where Selina goes now

Last night's Veep season-ender went in such an unexpected direction that it had me wondering if this wasn't the second week in a row where a pay cable series aired a surprise series finale.

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<p>Lena Headey in Game of Thrones</p>

Lena Headey in Game of Thrones

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Review: 'Game of Thrones' paints its masterpiece with 'The Winds of Winter'

Cersei seeks revenge, Dany's army grows, and Jon gets a new title

A review of tonight's Game of Thrones season finale coming up just as soon as I examine the contents of this delicious meat pie...

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<p>Veep</p>

Veep

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Review: After that 'Veep' finale, what happens next?

Humiliations galore for Selina Meyer
A review of tonight's Veep coming up just as soon as I'm selling a young adult fiction novel about an alternate timeline...

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<p>Silicon Valley</p>

Silicon Valley

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Season finale review: 'Silicon Valley' tries to take advantage of 'The Uptick'

Can Richard and Erlich save Pied Piper?

A review of tonight's Silicon Valley finale coming up just as soon as I know 400 Satanists in Boston...

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Beyond 'Veep': The greatest big sitcom ensembles of all time

Beyond 'Veep': The greatest big sitcom ensembles of all time

From 'Cheers' to Selina Meyer, the big casts where every member truly counted.

Among the reasons Veep has stayed so vital at its advanced sitcom age is its big and talented and versatile cast. Between the 10 regulars and all the recurring players, the show never runs out of amusing combinations of people to put in a room together to see what will happen.

The fun of watching that group made me think back to other sitcoms with particularly large — at least 7 regular castmembers for the bulk of the run — ensembles, which I talk about in the video embedded at the top and bottom of this post.

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<p>Roadies</p>

Roadies

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Review: Can Cameron Crowe recapture 'Almost Famous' magic with 'Roadies'?

Crowe and the creator of 'My So-Called Life' head to Showtime with Luke Wilson and Carla Gugino

In one of the many famous lines of dialogue Cameron Crowe has written, Dorothy Boyd says of Jerry Maguire, "I love him for the man he wants to be, and I love him for the man that he almost is."

Dorothy is a dreamer, like most of Crowe's heroes and heroines — and, at this stage of his career, like many of his fans. We love Crowe for the storyteller he's trying to be, and almost is, even though we'd have to go all the way back to 2000's Almost Famous for a scripted project where Crowe actually lived up to his full potential as writer and director. With the likes of Elizabethtown and We Bought a Zoo, Crowe fans would look for even the faintest signs of the man who had given us Jeff Spicoli, Lloyd Dobler, Rod Tidwell, Penny Lane, and so many more, and hope for better the next time out. By the time we got to last year's Aloha, even the most die-hard Crowe cultists couldn't really defend — or explain — his latest work, even as they hoped he could at some point rekindle his '80s/'90s groove.

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<p>Person of Interest</p>

Person of Interest

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Programming note: Summer vacation time

The 'Person of Interest' finale review will be delayed a week

Programming note: I'll be on vacation for the rest of this week, returning Sunday night to write about the Game of Thrones and Veep finales. My Silicon Valley finale review will also post that night, and a couple of things I wrote in advance (like my review of Showtime's Roadies) should publish in my absence.

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<p>Hugh Laurie on Veep</p>

Hugh Laurie on Veep

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How did 'Veep' pull off last night's documentary episode?

Going behind the scenes on a hilarious format-busting installment of the HBO comedy

Last night's Veep was a format-breaking episode presented as the long-gestating documentary Selina's daughter Catherine had been filming all season. It not only detailed the results of the electoral tie-breaker vote in the House of Representatives, but cast new light on a lot of events we had witnessed earlier in the season.

I spoke with Veep showrunner David Mandel about how and why they pulled off the documentary episode, coming up just as soon as I make a call from an elementary school classroom...

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<p>Game of Thrones</p>

Game of Thrones

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Review: Did 'Battle of the Bastards' on 'Game of Thrones' live up to the hype?

Tons of stunning combat imagery, but less satisfying than it should have been

A review of tonight's Game of Thrones coming up just as soon as my offer is free of marriage demands...

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<p>Veep</p>

Veep

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Review: 'Veep' tries to break a tie with 'Kissing Your Sister'

Catherine's documentary shows us the results

A review of tonight's Veep coming up just as soon as I remember to check for lead...

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