Julia Louis-Dreyfus has little to prove after starring in two successful comedy series, Seinfeld and The New Adventures Of Old Christine. But the actress is on her way to a three-peat with her latest show, HBO comedy Veep. Louis-Dreyfus today landed a lead comedy actress nomination for the series, in which she plays U.S. Vice President. “I’m thrilled to be nominated and if I win I promise to lower taxes,” she said. “And I’m not just saying that. That’s not an empty promise or an attempt to bribe the voters.” The Armando Iannucci-created comedy also earned a best comedy series nom, which Louis-Dreyfus shared in as a producer on the show, which has already been renewed for a second season. This marks Louis-Dreyfus’ 13th Emmy nominations, following seven for Seinfeld and five for Old Christine. She won once for each show.
Louis-Dreyfus’s first post-Seinfeld effort, the short-lived NBC comedy Watching Ellie didn’t fare well — it was one of a slew of single-camera comedies unleashed on American viewers before they were quite ready. That fed into the notion of the so-called Seinfeld curse which supposedly doomed the follow-up efforts of the mega-hit NBC comedy’s co-stars. Louis-Dreyfus addressed the notion in her speech when accepting the Emmy for Old Christine. “I’m not somebody who really believes in curses, but curse this, baby!,” she exclaimed. Now Louis-Dreyfus has a chance to do it again with Veep.