What I find most interesting about Veep right now (and I know I talk a lot about it, to the point where I feel like I’m on a street team for it or something — someone hook me up with stickers, I’ll plaster that shit all over town) is that this show’s equivalent to The Thick of It/In the Loop’s Malcolm Tucker, an outsider to the core of main characters who comes in every now and then to muck things up, is the exact opposite of Malcolm in every way, personality-wise. Whereas Malcolm is feared, confident, and sociopathic, Veep’s Jonah is pitied and unconfident (his frequent yelling on top of Selena is a nice touch, although “nice” is maybe the wrong word to use in this situation). Also, not a sociopath. At least not yet. I know this show is only two episodes in but I doubt any character progress would put him at the opposite end of the spectrum where Malcolm lies. But anyway, yeah, it’s an interesting change Armando Iannucci made, if you feel it valid to compare the two shows in the first place. I’d like to know whether it’s a change that was made to accommodate the shift from British TV to American, or if it’s due to the shift from British politics to American. Maybe neither, who knows.