Fans of Julia Louis-Dreyfus's Veep should keep their spring 2019 viewing calendar open, as HBO president of programming Casey Bloys confirmed the timeframe for the show's seventh and final season during the cable giant's Television Critics Association (TCA) session on Wednesday. When asked for an update on the series' return, Bloys responded, "Writers are now getting together, with shooting scheduled to begin this fall, and the final season 7 airing sometime this spring."
This seems to confirm comments from Veep co-star Matt Walsh (Upright Citizens Brigade) from January 2018. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Walsh revealed that Louis-Dreyfus has completed chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer and has been participating in table reads for the upcoming season. At the time, Walsh expected production on season 7 to begin by the end of the summer, with new episodes airing in 2019:
"Veep is on hiatus, we'll start filming in August and it will air in 2019. We've known for about a month. We've seen [Julia], she's done some table reads, she's doing well, she's finished her last chemo, she's in recuperation. Her prospectives have remained excellent throughout. She's very well loved; she's a tremendous person."
In February, she posted a photo of herself after surgery with the caption. "Hoorah! Great doctors, great results, feeling happy and ready to rock after surgery. Hey cancer, 'F*ck you!' Here's my first post-op photo."
It was on September 28th, 2017 — less than two weeks after she took home her record sixth Emmy for her role as Selina Meyer –– that Louis-Dreyfus took to Twitter to reveal to her followers and the public that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Just when you thought… pic.twitter.com/SbtYChwiEj
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) September 28, 2017
Louis-Dreyfus was actually diagnosed the day after the Emmy Awards, and all parties made it clear that her diagnosis had nothing to do with the decision to end Veep's run with the seventh season. Less than two months after the reveal came word that production on the HBO series' seventh and final season had been put on hold while the actress underwent cancer treatment.
Veep stars Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer, the former vice president and "blink-and-you'll-miss-it" president, who struggles to navigate uncharted political territory. The ensemble cast also includes Walsh, Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole and Sam Richardson.