Julia Louis-Dreyfus to play VP in HBO comedy
April 18th, 2011
12:31 PM ET

Julia Louis-Dreyfus to play VP in HBO comedy

"Seinfeld" alum Julia Louis-Dreyfus is getting into politics. The Emmy-winning actress will star as the vice president of the United States in HBO's upcoming comedy series "Veep."

According to Deadline, Louis-Dreyfus will play Selina Meyer, a former senator who is elected vice president and discovers that the gig isn't quite what she was expecting.

The series, which is set "very near the White House," will co-star Anna Chlumsky (who starred in the 1991 Macaulay Culkin drama "My Girl") as Meyer's chief of staff and Tony Hale ("Arrested Development") as her right-hand man.

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May 5th, 2010
12:01 PM ET

Julia, my BlackBerry, and my 15 minutes of fame

So yesterday, I noticed a mistake and tried to correct it.  That's what copy editors do.  Usually, it ends there.  Not this time.

After the hastily fixed Julia Louis-Dreyfus star was unveiled and CNN.com published my little item, I turned back to my other daily tasks.  But then my inbox began filling up.  Friends and co-workers were spreading the story around the Web.  I heard back from a delighted Ana Martinez-Holler at the Walk of Fame: as it turns out, she mostly goes by Ana Martinez for professional purposes.  (Just a big day for bungling hyphenated Hollywood names, I suppose.)

And other websites wanted to run the story – and my exclusive photo of the misspelled star.  Some, properly, asked for permission; others (naughty, naughty!) just went ahead and reposted the pic, sometimes but not always including a photo credit.  I spent half of my afternoon calling and emailing various CNN executives, trying to make sure the responsible journalists could run their stories.  The less scrupulous ones, of course, already had. FULL POST

May 4th, 2010
05:17 PM ET

"Welcome to the Hollywood Walk of... oops!"

I'm a longtime copy editor, and I take the Metro to work.  As a result, I made one person laugh hysterically today, and another almost vomit.

Let me explain.

As I emerged from the Hollywood and Vine Metro station this morning and headed for the CNN Los Angeles bureau, I noticed two workmen cleaning off the newest star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for the 11:30 a.m. unveiling ceremony.  It was for Julia Louis-Dreyfus, star of "The New Adventures of Old Christine" – and the first "Seinfeld" alum to receive a star on the Walk of Fame.  I glanced at it as I walked by... then stopped, and peered more closely:

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"Um, excuse me," I said to the workmen, "but I'm pretty sure that star is missing an O.  And a hyphen." FULL POST

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