Veep | Sunday, 10:30 p.m., HBO
The seventh season of the award-winning comedy “Veep” begins on a happy and sad note.
Happy in that star Julia Louis-Dreyfus has a clean bill of health after undergoing treatment for breast cancer but sad because Louis-Dreyfus and her fellow executive producers decided the story of insanely and hilariously inappropriate politician Selina Meyer had reached its conclusion. For the final rollout, the writers are telling the story of Meyer’s eagerness to test the waters for another presidential run. It’s far from smooth sailing with misinformation, peculiar staff hires, family scandals that won’t go away and Meyer’s impatience with the world of identity politics. Yet her staff keeps giving it their best shot, including Amy Brookheimer (Anna Chlumsky), who is pregnant from a one-night stand with colleague Dan Egan (Reid Scott), Meyer’s deputy director of communications.
The season presents new challenges for both Amy and Dan, and Chlumsky, 38, spoke to The Post about them on her cell as she was walking down the street in Manhattan, where she lives with her husband Shawn So and their two daughters, Clara and Penelope.
How did you react when you learned that this would be the show’s final season?
At first, it was gratitude and peace and then catharsis. There are so many worse ways this could have gone down. When I had the phone call from Julia, I pulled the car over and kind of cried. I said, “I’m so grateful you guys made this decision for creative reasons.”
What kind of a candidate is Selina this time?
No one in the campaign is that gung-ho about her.
What is Amy’s relationship with Dan like at this point?
She and Dan have a love for each other even if they probably don’t believe in love. They have a strange sort of alliance and he takes on a greater role.
Amy receives a job offer shortly into the new season. Why is that exciting?
If she can turn a turd like Jonah into a winning [presidential] candidate then she gets to be the rainmaker. It’s pure ego. If I can make his candidacy legitimate, then I will be known for that. Dan’s totally down for her.
Has Selina been historically unkind to Amy or is it just her pregnancy that brings out the claws?
When Selina didn’t give Amy the campaign manager job in Season 3, she ended up quitting in Season 4. But she came back. It’s always been pretty fraught with them. They either [act like] sisters or are being horrid to each other. They live on a polarity.
Take anything from the set on your last day of filming?
I got a little paper clip that had the Lincoln Memorial on it. They were cleaning up the set so fast, I just grabbed something. And I do wear Amy’s University of Pennsylvania shirts as a pajama.
What’s next for you?
I’m entertaining lots of different acting avenues. You only live once so I want to commit to roles I can sink my teeth into. Some stuff is in the works. Some of the other stuff I had my eye on didn’t turn out to be the next job. When the thing that’s right comes down, that will be the next thing. I’m listening to the cosmos.
And here’s what else to watch this week:
This Is Us | Tuesday, 9 p.m., NBC
Season finale. Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) have reached the breaking point in their marriage. Toby (Chris Sullivan) and Kate (Chrissy Metz) seem to be in the clear regarding their newborn son, Jack. The last five minutes will leave you in bits.
The Twilight Zone | Monday, CBS All Access
Series premiere. Jordan Peele mounts the third adaptation of the Rod Serling series. In “The Comedian,” Samir Wassan (Kumail Nanjiani) wants to be famous, but at what cost? In “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet,” journalist Justin Sanderson (Adam Scott) finds the fate of Flight 1015 in his hands.
Will & Grace | Thursday, 9 p.m., NBC
Season finale. The wedding of Jack (Sean Hayes) and Estefan (Brian Jordan Alvarez) is jeopardized when their flight to Spain is cancelled. McCoy’s (Matt Bomer) job offer worries Will (Eric McCormack).
Barry | Sunday, 10 p.m., HBO
Season premiere. Barry (Bill Hader) tries to convince his fellow drama students to go ahead with their planned performance, despite the absence of their teacher (Henry Winkler). Back in Cleveland, Fuches (Stephen Root) learns that replacement hitmen don’t come easy.
The Village | Tuesday, 10 p.m., NBC
Katie (Grace Van Dien) deals with the family of her baby’s father. Meanwhile, the strain of Patricia’s (Lorraine Toussaint) cancer threatens her relationship with Ron (Frankie Faison).
Native Son | Saturday, 8 p.m., HBO
In this film of the Richard Wright novel, Bigger Thomas (Ashton Sanders) is a young African-American who is hired as a chauffeur for businessman Will Dalton (Bill Camp). Thomas then develops a risky relationship with his daughter, Mary (Margaret Qualley).
Young Sheldon | Thursday, 8:30 p.m., CBS
Sheldon (Iain Armitage) moves in with Dr. Sturgis (Wallace Shawn) for the weekend to see what his life will be like in college, forcing his mom (Zoe Perry) to bond with the other Coopers in the house.