HBO’s Michael Lombardo and Richard Plepler Talk GAME OF THRONES Season 5 and 6, TRUE DETECTIVE Season 2, Progress on WESTWORLD, and More

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While at the HBO portion of the TCA Press Tour, President of Programming Michael Lombardo and Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler took some time to talk about new and returning programming.  During the interview, they spoke about how they’re not at all concerned about Game of Thrones getting further ahead than George R.R. Martin’s writing, that they plan to stick with the series until the story is finished, that Nic Pizzolatto’s first two scripts for the new season of True Detective are even more exciting than the first season, that they expect a casting announcement to be made in the next week, how they feel things are going with both Silicon Valley and The Leftovers, their strategy for drama, going forward, the progress of Westworld, and the status of the Ryan Murphy series, Open.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

2014 Emmy Nominations Announced; TRUE DETECTIVE, FARGO, THE NORMAL HEART, and More Score Multiple Nods

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The 2014 Emmy Nominations were announced this morning, and they were about as surprising/disappointing as I expected.  We’re in the Golden Age of Television™, but no one seems to tell the Emmys.  Yes, True Detective and Fargo got some love, but so did the awful awards-bait The Normal Heart, which picked up four out of six nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.  Then there are the usual suspects: Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, etc.  Among tge acting nominations, I would say I’m pleasantly surprised about Andre Braugher getting attention for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for Brooklyn Nine-Nine and shocked that Kate Mara picked up an Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series nomination when really her CGI stunt double deserves all the credit.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of the major Emmy nominations.  The Emmy Awards will air live on NBC, Monday, August 25th at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

The 2014 Emmys: Who Should Be Nominated?

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Before Thursday, when the real 2014 Emmy nominations will become known (and spark, probably, both outrage and boredom), there’s a chance to suggest who should be nominated in each major category.  This isn’t about winners and losers, but about recognizing some of the best talent on TV this past year (or the Emmy year: from June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014).  There are sure to be some omissions and snubs even within my own list, so hit the jump to check out my choices (and occasional Emmy-rules-bending inclusions).

THE COLLISION: Episode 91 – MAD MEN, HANNIBAL, FARGO, and More TV

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This week on The Collision, we’re joined by our TV Editor Allison Keene to talk about the most recent seasons of Mad Men, The Americans, Hannibal, and Silicon Valley.  We also talk about Fargo and Louie, which are still in the middle of their current seasons.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Ant-Man and X-Men: Days of Future Past“), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood.

Watch One of the Most Elaborate Dick Jokes in History from the SILICON VALLEY Season Finale

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Creator Mike Judge’s new comedy series Silicon Valley just concluded its freshman season on HBO, and while arguably the best part of the series has been lost (Christopher Evan Welch, who played the eccentric Peter Gregory, sadly passed away during filming), there’s still a lot to love about the show.  Case in point, the season finale included what is quite possibly the most elaborate dick joke ever told on film, and it is glorious.  The clip landed online yesterday, but as of right now HBO has not yet pulled it down.  I assume this means they’re fine with everyone sharing it because it’s so damn funny.  If you haven’t seen Silicon Valley, take a gander at what your missing, and if you have, the joke is still just as funny the second time around.

Hit the jump to watch the Silicon Valley clip, and click here to read Allison’s review of the season finale.  HBO has already renewed the series for a second season, which will likely debut early next year.  The show stars Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Amanda Crew, and Zach Woods.

SILICON VALLEY Recap: Season One Finale, “Optimal Tip-to-Tip Efficiency”

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What a fantastic inaugural season for Mike Judge‘s Silicon Valley.  The show fired on all cylinders through its run, and is probably the funniest comedy HBO has produced in years.  A lot of HBO’s recent comedies have been dark or subversive — Girls, Hello Ladies, even Looking (which was excellent, and never really a comedy).  Silicon Valley is very smart, very sharp, but never dark.  The season was tight, reflexive, funny, weird, and deeply satirical.  Hit the jump for more adjectives.

SILICON VALLEY Recap: “Proof of Concept”

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In “Proof of Concept,” Silicon Valley has set up the future of Pied Piper (and their terrible, forgettable logo) regarding the TechCrunch Disrupt competition, but it also had a lot to say about women and sexuality.  As it has done all season, Silicon Valley brought together great character moments with biting satire aimed at the tech world.  And who wouldn’t have wanted to be in the writers’ room when they were coming up with those fake apps?  Hit the jump, “I’m going to go network — don’t approach me.”

SILICON VALLEY Recap: “Third Party Insourcing”

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In Silicon Valley‘s “Third Party Insourcing,” the satire and character-building were both exceptionally high.  It was also just a hilarious episode, and reminiscent of some of Mike Judge‘s other work (like King of the Hill in particular).  As the Pied Piper guys work towards the TechCrunch competition deadline, they’re forced to bring in a ringer (Austin Abrams) who can help Richard with his blind spot, programming cloud.  Truths are then revealed that bring everyone back to reality. Hit the jump for why a fetus is better than you (maybe).

SILICON VALLEY Recap: “Signaling Risk”

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“Signaling Risk,” Silicon Valley’s fifth episode, probably contained its broadest comedy yet.  For a show that has thrived on subtleties and quick turns-of-phrase though, that also means that the episode didn’t quite live up to its prior standards.  This time, Richard also took a backseat when it came to Pied Piper, allowing Jared to take over the anxieties of the business, and Erlich to run free with their finances.  Hit the jump for why it’s lowercase, but at least it’s not racist!

SILICON VALLEY Recap: “Fiduciary Duties”

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In “Fiduciary Duties,” Silicon Valley explored the theme of seeing things for what they really are.  Silicon Valley itself, like L.A. or any boomtown with a lot of money, is a place that easily chews up and spits out those not willing or able to compete in the bloodsport that is their version of success.  “Fiduciary Duties” found Richard in over his head again when it comes to the business side of things, but also learning that delegation is not a bad thing.  Hit the jump, because there’s some weather over the ocean and we should get started.

HBO Renews SILICON VALLEY and VEEP

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Though Twitter on Sunday nights is usually dominated by discussion about the excellent Mad Men and Game of Thrones, HBO is also airing a killer comedy block in the post-Game of Thrones slot with Silicon Valley and Veep.  As such, it comes as great news that HBO has renewed Silicon Valley for a second season and Veep for a fourth season.  The former is the new series from Mike Judge that revolves around a tech startup in the titular Silicon Valley, and though we’re only three episodes in, it’s quickly proving itself to be one of the funniest shows on television.  Moreover, Judge is offering up a weekly dose of brilliant satire that takes aim at our current culture of tech giants.  If you missed them, be sure to catch up on Allison’s recaps.

As for Veep, the ensemble comedy remains as sharp and mean as ever in its current third season, which sees Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ lead character heading down a promising new path.  If you’re not already watching Silicon Valley and Veep, I would highly suggest checking them out at some point in the near future.  Watch trailers for the next episodes of both after the jump.

SILICON VALLEY Recap: “Articles of Incorporation”

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In its third episode, “Articles of Incorporation,” Silicon Valley continued to explore every step of the startup process.  As the series has shown, almost all aspects are ripe for satire.  “Articles of Incorporation” also deftly continued the process not only of Richard learning and developing as the head of his business, but deepening the relationships among the central characters, giving them both believable and comically absurd facets.  Hit the jump for why “small is the new big!”

SILICON VALLEY Recap: “The Cap Table”

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The most important element of Silicon Valley‘s “The Cap Table” was that it was an episode devoted to what most series would have made a montage.  The nitty gritty of Richard starting his own company, building it up from scratch, and getting his team in place (and using Wikipedia to find out about business plans) was something many would skip over.  But Silicon Valley is exactly interested in this minutia, following Richard’s journey from a start-up to either a global empire, or another tech gravestone in Palo Alto.  Hit the jump for why “that’s why he’s a billionaire.  He knows where and when to be an asshole.”

Sunday TV Ratings: GAME OF THRONES Premiere Scores Highest HBO Ratings Since THE SOPRANOS Finale

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TV ratings for Sunday evening are in, and unsurprisingly HBO has a stellar night.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • The season four premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones scored a record 6.6 million viewers, which is up a whopping 2.2 million from last year’s 4.4 million premiere.  Adding in the encore’s 1.6 million viewers, the show totaled 8.2 million viewers on Sunday night.  The opener topped the previous Game of Thrones record of 5.5 million, which it hit in the third episode of season three, and last night’s episode was the most-watched HBO telecast since the series finale of The Sopranos.
  • Additionally, the series premiere of the excellent new comedy series Silicon Valley brought in 2 million viewers, scoring the network’s biggest half-hour launch since 2009’s Hung.  The season three premiere of Veep (also fantastic) averaged 1 million viewers, which is even with its season two finale.

Hit the jump for the rest of the ratings report for Sunday, April 6th, including Once Upon a Time, Believe, Crisis, Family Guy, and more.

Watch the First Episode of Mike Judge’s New HBO Comedy SILICON VALLEY Online Now

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Though last night’s big HBO premiere was the solid season four opener for Game of Thrones, the episode was followed by two other excellent debuts: the series premiere of Silicon Valley and the season three premiere of the fantastic Veep.  The former comes from creator Mike Judge (Office Space), and fresh off the highly positive response to the pilot, HBO has now made the full episode available online for free.  The comedy is Judge’s take on the modern tech world, revolving around a computer programmer who tries to build a Silicon Valley start-up with his roommates.  Judge’s encapsulation of the ego-fueled and hypocritical nature of today’s tech world is spot-on and hilarious, showing shades of his excellent 2006 satirical feature Idiocracy, and the ensemble cast is on-point and works extremely well together.  I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of the season.

Hit the jump to watch the full, half-hour pilot for Silicon Valley and click here to read Allison’s full recap.  The show airs on HBO Sundays at 10pm ET, directly after Game of Thrones.

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