Hugh Laurie Is Headed to HBO for His First TV Role Since House

Hugh Laurie will soon return to the small screen—and in the process, he'll get to showcase his well-honed comedy chops.

After dealing in the dramatic (with a side of snark) for eight seasons on House, the actor has booked his first TV role since the long-running Fox medical drama ended in 2012. TV.com has confirmed that Laurie will appear on the upcoming fourth season of HBO's Veep, and even though the details of his part—including whether or not it's a one-time deal or a recurring gig—are currently being guarded as tightly as the nuclear launch codes, we absolutely approve of this casting. 

At the conclusion of Veep's third season, Julia-Louis Dreyfus's Selina Meyer achieved her dream of becoming POTUS after the former president stepped down to care for his ailing wife; the result was one of the funniest scenes to air on TV this year.

E! News was first to report Laurie's casting. What type of character do you think he'll play?


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Nov 20, 2014
Great news. He has to be some sort of thorn in her side with japes-and-jousts-a-plenty!
Or perhaps he'll play her butler, who keeps leaving the irony on. ;)
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Nov 20, 2014
ok now I am really getting HBO.
HOUSE!
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Nov 20, 2014
I love both Veep and Hugh Laurie, so I also approve.
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Nov 20, 2014
Hugh Laurie as British PM FTW!
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Nov 20, 2014
He'll do a better job than his old comedy partner did on 24: Live Another Day.
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Nov 20, 2014
I'm torn.... Yes, I want to see Hugh Laurie in another comedy role. He killed it with Black Adder. But no, I don't watch Veep, so I don't want to have to go back and watch the episodes I missed. I watched most of season one, but it conflicts and became a show I put to the side and never picked up again. But yes, its Hugh Laurie and JLD.
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Nov 20, 2014
title is misleading, I thought he'd have his own show.. Veep isn't bad but I don't get all the hype.
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Nov 20, 2014
The title merely says "first TV role" and that's what it is. There are other roles besides the leading one, you know.
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Nov 20, 2014
when it's not a leading role, it's usually refered to as a guest star or something along those lines. this made it seem more like he'd be getting his own show.
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Nov 20, 2014
OK.
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Nov 20, 2014
I approve of this casting but Im wondering when they are changing the title of the show to P.
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Nov 20, 2014
No, "Pee"
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Nov 20, 2014
That scene from Veep wasn't funny at all, it was horrible!
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Nov 20, 2014
Mooi alias. Daar zit vast een verhaal achter.
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Nov 20, 2014
Will he be speaking in American English or his mother tongue British? I do hope the latest.
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Nov 20, 2014
It's only his first TV role since House, since he bailed on Crossbones. Ah, what might have been... Hugh Laurie as Blackbeard.
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Nov 20, 2014
After House he can choose. British series do not pay the big bucks, but US ones do.

On topic: I certainly would have watched Crossbones if he'd be in it. Now I didn't.
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Nov 20, 2014
Aw, really? I didn't even hear about that at the time. Then I would have actually watched Blackbeard. Nothing against Malkovich but it just never reeled me in. Hugh is the Grandmaster.
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Nov 20, 2014
Ugh. I meant Crossbones.
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Nov 20, 2014
As long as it's not House 2.0 I don't care what type of character he plays. I just hope he is around for more than two episodes.
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Nov 20, 2014
I don't watch this show much, but I do know that it is the American version of The Thick of It and for that, I just want a Peter Capaldi announcement. There is some good language on this, but let Malcolm show the Yanks what real swearing is all about. Laurie is funny though so that should be enjoyable.
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Nov 20, 2014
I like Veep fine, but it's not really in the same league as the original and the lack of Malcolm Tucker and his colorful language is part of that. In the later seasons they added the always awesome Gary Cole, but it's not the same.
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Nov 20, 2014
I would love to see more of the (F)Tucker but there must be a clause in his Doctor Who contract which prevents him portraying the character whilest he's the Doctor.
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