Less than two months after Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus revealed publicly that she was battling breast cancer comes word that production on the HBO series' seventh and final season has been put on hold while the actress undergoes cancer treatment. Veep executive producer Frank Rich confirmed that filming was temporarily on hold during an interview Wednesday on SiriusXM with journalist Julie Mason:
"We're obviously postponing production of the show — we were supposed to have started now — while she's in treatment but the expectation is that we will shoot again. We have one more season we're doing, which we're incredibly excited about."
On September 28, less than two weeks after she took home her record sixth Emmy for her role as Selina Meyer on Veep, Louis-Dreyfus took to Twitter to reveal to her followers and the public that she has 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 wanted it to be clear that her diagnosis had nothing to do with the decision to end Veep's run with the upcoming seventh season. The show's producers and writers room were prepared to make any adjustments necessary to accommodate Louis-Dreyfus' treatments. The actress has been keeping the public updated on her progress on social media since that time.
With her sixth Emmy win this year, Louis-Dreyfus set a new awards record by surpassing Candice Bergen and Don Knotts as the actor with the most Emmy wins by a performer for the same role in the same show. She is also tied with Cloris Leachman for the most Emmy wins by a performer overall.
"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. 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
Rich wanted to reassure those concerned that Louis-Dreyfus has been been her same comedic self on the set, and she surrounded by a loving support system:
"[I] watched her just be hilarious playing Selina Meyer. With the cast all around her playing the assorted group of idiots that Selina 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."