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It didn't get picked up, thank God." Iannucci re-entered talks with HBO (his initial preference) about adapting the series, with the result that a new pilot episode for a series situated in the office of the Vice President of the United States called Veep (a nickname derived from the position's initials "VP") was commissioned in late 2009.Directors for Season 1 included Armando Iannucci, Tristram Shapeero and Chris Morris.Jonah Ryan (Timothy Simons), initially a White House liaison to the Vice President's office and later a New Hampshire congressman, also features prominently.At the outset of the series, Meyer frequently finds herself relegated and ignored by Hughes.
The pilot was produced by Sony Pictures Television and BBC Worldwide and directed by Christopher Guest.
A pilot for an American version of The Thick of It was produced as a candidate for the 2007–08 season on ABC.
The ABC pilot, also titled The Thick of It, was developed for American audiences by writers Mitch Hurwitz and Richard Day and followed a low-level member of the United States Congress and his staff.
The House vote ends in a tie, leading to the Senate voting to elect the Vice President.
The Senate vote also ends in a tie; Meyer's Vice President Andrew Doyle (Phil Reeves), who did not run for a full term, casts the tiebreaking vote for O'Brien's running mate Laura Montez (Andrea Savage) instead of Meyer's running mate Tom James (Hugh Laurie), leading to Montez becoming president.