How Amy came to play Selina’s old college roommate on “VEEP”

April23

‘Veep’ star Julia Louis-Dreyfus told Jimmy Kimmel during a visit to his late-night show Wednesday the story behind casting guest star Amy Brenneman, who appears on Sunday’s episode as Selina’s old college roommate.

“Last year we had a scene in the show in which Richard Splett [Sam Richardson] is having a conversation with another character and is very nervous and he starts talking about a movie he likes, Heat, and the two actors in Heat being so fabulous, such heavy hitters: ‘De Niro and Brenneman,'” she explained. “For those of you who don’t know, the real actor was [Al] Pacino.”

She said “The Leftovers” actress is a big fan of “Veep” and tweeted at the star: “I love your show. I’d love to be in it. Maybe I could play Selina’s college roommate that she experimented sexually with” (referencing a joke from the show).

On Sunday’s episode, Selina and her team visit her old alma mater, Smith College, while in pursuit of her plans for a presidential library, and Brenneman plays her former roommate who is now president of the school. Sexual experimentation jokes ensue.

After hearing both of her stories, Kimmel called Romney and Brenneman “uncredited” writers on the upcoming season. “You should give Mitt and Amy one of your Emmys,” he joked to Louis-Dreyfus. “You have too many anyway.”

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‘The Leftovers’ Final Season Review: HBO Drama Departs With Greatness

April7

The Deadline Review – Dominic Patten

Having started out in 2014 as a successful adaptation of Tom Perrotta’s 2011 novel, the April 16-debuting third and final season of HBO’s The Leftovers has officially achieved television greatness. Simply put, the eight-episode last run of the series executive produced by Damon Lindelof and Perrotta is a moving and powerful piece of American art that leaves nothing on the table.

Not to reveal spoilers, but the mostly Lindelof co-written final season has an auspicious, cathartic and complex narrative that is both dancing in the fields of the apocalypse and bathed in love and time as another anniversary looms of the pivotal Departure that saw the sudden disappearance of nearly 150 million people worldwide, the event that provided the set-up for the series. Also, of special interest to fans of that other Lindelof-EP’d series, Lost: The Leftovers relocates from Texas to Australia in a geographically enhanced emotional journey and seems to have a conclusion in sight that is quite fulfilling from the seven episodes I’ve seen.

Excellent and sometimes gut-retching performances by Justin Theroux, Carrie Coon, Liv Tyler, Regina King, Christopher Eccleston, Jovan Adepo, Amy Brenneman, Jasmin Savoy Brown and Scott Glenn and more superb directing from the likes of Mimi Leder and Craig Zobel seemingly set the third season’s coordinates for the ethos of late-period Stanley Kubrick. The cumulative result for the final season pretty much achieves that destination, a tremendous triumph by any measure on the small or big screen.

Last month, Lindelof sent a letter to critics bemoaning binge-watching and asking them “if you were surprised by something that happens on the show (either positively or negatively), it would be cool to maintain that same surprise for the audience.” I agree with the no-spoilers request, but if you haven’t been watching The Leftovers so far (and Season 2 was pretty great, too), ignore Lindeloff and binge while you still can to catch up. If you are a fan of one of the best dramas on TV in this era of Peak TV, get ready because Season 3 will leave you wanting even more – in the best way.

Watch the video above for the full review of the final season of ‘The Leftovers’ to see more of what Dominic Patten thinks of the show.

 

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‘The Leftovers’ Season 3 Premiere, Red Carpet & After Party

April5

HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’ Season 3 Premiere and After Party

'The Leftovers', Season 3 Premiere - Source: Kevin Winter

'The Leftovers', Season 3 Premiere - Source: Alberto E. Rodriguez

Margaret Qualley - 'The Leftovers', Season 3 Premiere - Source: Kevin Winter

‘The Leftovers’ Amy On Season 3 Time Jump, Move To Australia

April5

On the red carpet for “The Leftovers” Season 3 premiere in Hollywood, Amy Brenneman tells Access Hollywood about the time jump and the move the characters are making when the show returns to HBO. Amy also discusses why she is going to miss portraying Laurie Garvey, in the series. Plus, why does Amy think fans will embrace how the show concludes? “The Leftovers ” returns for its final season on April 16 at 9 PM ET/PT on HBO.

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