- - Monday, April 18, 2011

Baltimore-filmed ‘Veep’ picked up by HBO

HBO has picked up a political satire series called “Veep” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and is expected to shoot the show in Baltimore.

The show, planned to debut in fall 2012 features the “Seinfeld” and “New Adventures of Old Christine” star as a former senator who becomes vice president. The pilot was filmed in Baltimore as a stand-in for the District.

The Maryland Film Office estimated the pilot generated $6 million in economic impact for the state’s economy. The show could be a boon for the TV business in Baltimore after the end of “The Wire” in 2008.

“Veep” was created by Armando Iannucci, who earned an Oscar nomination for writing “In the Loop.” He’s an executive producer along with Frank Rich, a former New York Times columnist.

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Said Miss Louis-Dreyfus: “Although everyone says this is a comedy, I don’t think there is anything funny at all about me being a heartbeat away from the presidency.”

Beck leaving New York as well as Fox News

Glenn Beck is leaving Fox News — and the New York area, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

He announced in a live road show from Albany, N.Y., Saturday that he has sold his Connecticut mansion, which has been on the market for more than a year. He did not say where he would be moving, TVNewser reports.

As for his production company, Mercury Radio Arts, it’s going to develop a research department “that will utilize the idle brains that we have — retired CIA and military,” Mr. Beck told the audience.

“What you are about to see in a few months is a new way to communicate with each other,” Mr. Beck said, adding that he’s going to “build a way to deliver news directly to the youth of America.”

Joel Cheatwood, the new executive vice president at Mercury Radio Arts, will head up the new venture. Mr. Cheatwood’s last day at Fox News was April 8.

“The last thing I will be doing,” Mr. Beck said, “I will be leaving New York City. As we build a new media, I’m not building it in New York.”

TVNewser reports that Mercury Radio Arts’ more than 50 employees will continue to work out of a New York office.

Mr. Beck announced the end of his Fox News show earlier this month.

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