AceShowbiz - "Veep" executive producer Frank Rich announces that the production on the Emmy-winning series' seventh and final season is currently on hold. The move is taken as leading lady Julia Louis-Dreyfus is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
Talking in an interview on SiriusXM on Wednesday, November 15, Rich said, "We're obviously postponing production of the show--we were supposed to have started now--while she's in treatment." He continued telling host Julie Mason, "But the expectation is that we will shoot again. We have one more season we're doing, which we're incredibly excited about."
"Rather impressively, while we wait for her to gather her full strength, around her treatment, we've been having with the cast in Los Angeles, table reads of scripts for the final season as they're ready," he added. "So it's been quite something because she's fighting a serious, what is for anybody, a real illness. And yet, wants to keep working as much as circumstances allow without being crazy about it."
Rich shared that he went to see Louis-Dreyfus 10 days ago, and "watched her just be hilarious playing Selina Meyer." He detailed, "With the cast all around her playing the assorted group of idiots that Selena has to deal with on a weekly basis on the show. So she's got a great support system. She's a very strong person and we can't wait to welcome her back at full speed."
Luois-Dreyfus announced back in September that she's battling breast cancer. "1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I'm the one," the Emmy-winning actress said on Instagram. "The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union. The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let's fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality."