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'Curb Your Enthusiasm's' David Mandel to replace Armando Iannucci as 'Veep' showrunner

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The Head of State behind-the-scenes of Veep is stepping down.

EW can confirm that Veep‘s creator and showrunner Armando Iannucci will be leaving his position of showrunner of HBO’s comedy starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus after four seasons. Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s David Mandel will take over as showrunner, the network announced on Friday.

“We have had conversations with Armando for some time about the challenges of maintaining his family life in London and producing a show in the states,” a representative for HBO said in a statement. “Armando is not replaceable but we are confident that Veep will continue to be produced at the highest levels with new showrunner, David Mandel. David has worked with HBO for many years as executive producer, writer and director for Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

Iannucci has been with Veep since its inception, crafting the idea for the HBO comedy that premiered in 2012. The show’s fourth season is set to premiere this Sunday, April 12.

While an official order has not been made for Veep‘s fifth season, this statement would suggest HBO is confident enough in the show to prepare for a theoretical new season.

Mandel has worked with Louis-Dreyfus before, having served as a writer and producer on Seinfeld for several years. He was also a writer for Saturday Night Live in the ’90s. The Hollywood Reporter first reported Iannucci’s departure.

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