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NEW YORK — The Oval Office will soon be occupied by a “Seinfeld” alumna — not that there’s anything wrong with that!

HBO has picked up the comedy series “Veep,” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a former U.S. senator who becomes vice president and finds that the job is “nothing like she expected and everything everyone ever warned about.” Co-written by Armando Iannucci and Simon Blackwell of the British comedy “In the Loop,” both of whom executive produced with Chris Godsick and New York Magazine’s Frank Rich, the series costars Anna Chlumsky as the Veep’s chief of staff, Tony Hale as her right-hand man and Sufe Bradshaw as her assistant.

“Veep” is expected to premiere in 2012. Along with the upcoming original film “Game Change,” which stars Julianne Moore, Sarah Palin will soon have lots of reasons to tune in to HBO.

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