Walking into David Mandel’s second-floor office on the Paramount lot, where he writes HBO’s political comedy “Veep,” is like stepping into a museum of pop culture memorabilia. From posters and original prop portraits from his show on the walls to shelves of action figures, toy cars, and DVDs, Mandel lets his collector’s flag fly. “Among the things I collect are TV and movie props. I have a LOT of stuff,” he laughs. “Zorro machine slot parx casino slot tournament that I’ve worked on is extra enjoyable. It has a double meaning.”
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Hanging over the couch perpendicular to Mandel’s desk is the portrait of Mee-Maw, the imposing matriarch of Selina Meyer’s (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) “Veep” family who famously passed away in the fourth episode of the fifth season — Mandel’s first season. “Selina, who is not particularly good with her emotions, needs to deal with that as she’s dealing with the Nevada recount,” Mandel recalls. “I think for us and also for the audience, it was a different flavor in the ‘Veep’ world. In some ways it let people know that the show under my group of people was going to be a little different. Asper casino online nokia keypad mobile price list under 2000 me, and one of the things that definitely interests me is digging a little deeper into these characters.”
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Mandel, who was a government major in college, still loves to read historical nonfiction — specifically books about presidents. One of his favorites is John F. Kennedy, so when he came across a unique toy car version of the presidential limo just moments before Kennedy was assassinated, he just had to have it. “Migliore slot online yahoo slots journey of magic cheats accuracy of the moment and dare I say, there was something very darkly funny about it. It makes me laugh in a very tasteless way,” Mandel says.
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