It seems that no two TV presidents have held the same job while being as drastically different as Frank Underwood and Selina Meyer, played to patriotic perfection by House of Cards’ Kevin Spacey and Veep’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus. That’s why we’ve elected these two outrageous officials to rule over this week’s jam-packed issue of Entertainment Weekly.
We’ve got two covers to swap this week—one featuring Louis-Dreyfus as the vicious Frank from Netflix’s gritty D.C. drama, and the other showing off Spacey as the hapless Selina on HBO’s comedy hit. In both issues, you’ll go deep inside the minds of both actors: Louis-Dreyfus lays down the law with her 11 commandments of comedy (Number 9: The F-word is a beautiful word), while Spacey walks us through all the influences (like Morgan Freeman) who helped him create the most insidious POTUS in TV history.
It goes on from there: Frank and Selina are both on our list of the 25 Best Characters on TV Right Now. From Orange Is the New Black and Sleepy Hollow to Mad Men, Broad City and The Mindy Project, EW’s staff of TV nerds have chosen the 25 characters that we couldn’t seem to get off our minds this past season. (Click here to add some nominees of your own and vote for your personal favorites on EW.com.)
Also in this week’s EW: the Outlander book binge you didn’t know you needed, scoop on the box-office busting Guardians of the Galaxy (and the sequel), and your guide to the Emmys—including a 24-hour viewing schedule to get you up to speed before the big day.
For more of EW’s picks for the best TV characters, pick up a copy of this week’s Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday.