North America has been suffering from a serious drought in politically focused television programming for the past 7 or 8 years. Not since the heady days of The West Wing and Spin City have audiences been presented with two fantastic comedies/dramedies with a political bent. (Why didn’t those successful shows spawn an era of copy cats? There were no Grey’s Anatomies to their ER if you know what I mean. But perhaps for this we should be grateful.) Armando Iannucci’s Veep and Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom are happily bringing politics back to scripted television. Well, HBO. Close enough.