When “Veep” ends its run on HBO next year, one of its stars won’t be leaving the network.
The pay cable network has put in development a half-hour dark comedy, “Exit Plans,” that will be written, executive produced and star Timothy Simons.
Here is the logline, per HBO: When assisted suicide is legalized in 2019, a man from California opens a small business helping people transition into death peacefully while struggling to keep ahold of his crumbling personal life. In short, he’s trying to figure out his life while ending yours. Will Graham of Field Trip Productions will also executive produce.
Simons is best known for his role as Jonah Ryan on “Veep,” which will wrap up this spring with its seventh season. Simons is represented by UTA, Daylight Media and Myman Greenspan.
The network is also working with “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci on the space-themed comedy “Avenue 5,” which will star Rebecca Front and Hugh Laurie (who also had a major role on “Veep” as senator and VP candidate Tom James).
That project currently has a pilot commitment with backup scripts ordered. Not much is known about the comedy, with HBO only describing it as “a comedy set in the future, mostly in space.”