Veep‘s last season could air too late in the year to be eligible for 2018 Emmy Awards contention.
After an incredible run, the HBO comedy sensation Veep is heading into its seventh and final season.
The news was broken by star Julia Louis-Dreyfus herself last month; the actress explained that, “It became clear that this season should be the last season. We don’t want to repeat ourselves or wear out our welcome. The story has a finality to it that feels end-of-series.”
It’s a long-running joke that Veep, along with fellow powerhouses Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory, pretty much dominate the comedy categories of all major award shows, and this weekend’s Emmy Awards ceremony was no exception.
Veep won the Best Comedy Series for the third year in a row and Louis-Dreyfus won Best Actress for a whooping sixth time. She now holds the record for most awards won by an actress for the same role!
But according to Deadline, Veep‘s award sweep might be ending early, as the seventh season production schedule will likely render it ineligible for contention.
“Production on the final ten episodes is set to begin in October but at this point plans don’t include a debut before the May 31st eligibility cutoff date for the next Emmy cycle,” writes Deadline, adding that HBO has not yet finalized its production schedule.
If this holds true, the seventh season will not be able to score any nominations (or wins, obviously) simply by virtue of airing too late in the year to be under consideration.
Might this finally give other actresses a chance at the Best Actress in a Comedy Series category? Are you bummed that Veep might not be recognized at the Emmys for its final season? Sound off in the comments!