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‘Veep’ Filming Postponed Due to Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Cancer Treatment

Production on the next season of Veep has been postponed while Julia Louis-Dreyfus receives cancer treatment.

The actress, who plays Selina Meyer on the hit comedy, announced in September (17) that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and has been keeping her fans updated on her progress as she undergoes rounds of chemotherapy.

Filming for the seventh and final season of Veep would have already been underway, but executive producer Frank Rich has now revealed that they are postponing production until she is better.

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“We’re obviously postponing production of the show – we were supposed to have started now – while she’s in treatment,” he said on SiriusXM’s Press Pool. “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. It’s been quite something.”

He added that Julia wants to keep working as much as she can while going through her treatment and he last saw her earlier in November with the rest of the cast “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,” he concluded.

In September, showrunner David Mandel announced that the upcoming seventh season would be the last, shortly before Julia revealed her diagnosis on social media – one day after she had scooped an Emmy award for her role. Mandel also told The Hollywood Reporter they were already planning to take longer with that season to make sure they give it a proper send-off.

HBO executives previously said her diagnosis was not a factor in the decision to end Veep and they would adjust the production schedule where necessary.

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