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TV Picks: 'Veep,' 'The Runner-Up,' 'Cucumber,' 'Banana'
TV Picks: 'Veep,' 'The Runner-Up,' 'Cucumber,' 'Banana'

"Veep" (HBO, Sundays); "The Runner-Up" (Esquire, Tuesdays). Julia Louis-Dreyfus returns for a fourth season in Armando Iannucci's nonpartisan political satire, having won an Emmy for each of the preceding three. Although the title remains unchanged, Louis-Drefyus' Selina Meyer is now improbably the president, the former president having resigned to care for his wife at the beginning of a primary campaign that Selina was already well on her way to losing. Like the U.K. series it's kind of based on, Iannucci's "The Thick of It," "Veep" was originally about powerlessness within the orbit of power; it now becomes a disquisition on power...

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