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.
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!”
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.”
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.
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.
Mike Judge‘s (Office Space) new series Silicon Valley is finely-honed satire. It’s technically a comedy, but with so much to lampoon about the tech industry, the series shows restraint by taking its time and building in both visual and conversational jokes. Comedy pilots can be a series’ weakest point, but “Minimum Viable Product” was (probably thanks to Judge’s experience and success) a strong start for a show that knows its purpose and the story it wants to tell. Hit the jump for why you don’t even know the half of it (and neither does Congress).
Let the timeliness of the core concept pull you in and then Mike Judge takes it from there. Not only does his new show, Silicon Valley, offer an abundance of highly relevant and insightful thoughts on the state of the dotcom craze, but they’re all packaged within an engaging scenario brimming with sharp humor, endearingly eccentric characters and the chance to come along for the ride while they try to make millions. Hit the jump for my review.
Before the excellent True Detective finale last night, HBO debuted a number of trailers for its upcoming series and specials. We’ve already shared the new Game of Thrones trailer and the first teaser for the HBO movie The Normal Heart, so now it’s time to get to something a bit lighter: Veep and Silicon Valley. The comedy series Veep really hit its stride in season two as one of the best comedies on TV, and this brief new trailer for season three promises it hasn’t lost its step. As for Silicon Valley, we’ve already seen a few short trailers for creator Mike Judge’s new series, but this one delves a bit deeper into the plot, which revolves around a tech start-up company in Silicon Valley.
Hit the jump to watch the trailers. Silicon Valley premieres on HBO April 6th at 10pm ET while Veep season three premieres April 6th at 10:30pm.
Earlier tonight, HBO released a new trailer for Mike Judge’s upcoming comedy series, Silicon Valley. The story follows Richard (Thomas Middleditch), an introverted computer programmer, who tries to build a Silicon Valley start-up with his roommates Big Head (Josh Brener), Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) and Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani). Aside from Starr’s killer line at the end of the trailer, nothing here really jumped out at me, but it doesn’t matter since this show is from Mike Judge and I’m going to watch anyway.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The show also stars T.J. Miller, Zach Woods, Christopher Evan Welch, and Amanda Crew. Silicon Valley premieres on April 6th at 10:00pm EST.
The first trailer for Beavis and Butthead and Office Space creator Mike Judge’s new HBO comedy series Silicon Valley has landed online. The show takes place in present day and revolves around the work of tech startups, venture capitalists, and tech blogs—but with a very heavy Mike Judge bent. This first-look trailer is incredibly funny, as Judge’s sense of humor feels like the perfect fit for the tech world. It also helps that the cast is filled out by skilled comedians.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The series stars Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener, Christopher Welch, and Amanda Crew. Silicon Valley debuts on HBO Sunday, April 6th.
The SXSW Film Festival has announced its full 2014 lineup. We previously reported that the festival would include the premieres of Jon Favreau‘s Chef and the Veronica Mars movie, and now another big premiere has come along with Nicholas Stoller‘s comedy, Neighbors. There’s also a strong addition with David Gordon Green‘s Joe (my review). The other stand-out is a new section, “Episodic”, which features “innovative new work aimed squarely at the small screen,” and “tunes in to the explosion of exciting material on non-theatrical platforms, including serialized TV, webisodes and beyond.” Attendees will have a chance to get a look at COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, Penny Dreadful, Silicon Valley, and more. Finally, the Festival Favorites category will include the popular Boyhood (my review) and The Raid 2 (my review).
Click here for the full lineup. The 2014 SXSW Film Festival runs from March 7 -15th.
HBO just made some premiere date announcements for season four of Game of Thrones and a couple of other series, but the network has also released the first images from a few new shows as well as the return of one of the network’s comedies. Briefly:
- The Leftovers – Created by Damon Lindelof, the new drama takes place after what some believe to be the Rapture and centers on people in a small town that didn’t make the cut. The show stars Justin Theroux and Liv Tyler and premieres this summer.
- Silicon Valley – The new comedy series from creator Mike Judge takes place in the high tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley. The show stars T.J. Miller and Thomas Middleditch and premieres April 6th.
- Looking – A new half-hour dramedy series starring Jonathan Groff that follows three friends in San Francisco who explore the fun and sometimes overwhelming options available to a new generation of gay men. The show premieres January 19th.
- Girls – The third season of the comedy series starring Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, Jemima Kirke, Adam Driver, and Alex Karpovsky premieres January 19th. Additionally, HBO has announced that it has already renewed Girls for a fourth season.
Hit the jump to check out images from the aforementioned series.
The Television Critics Association panels are currently underway, and today was HBO’s turn to drop some news nuggets. Chief among the cable network’s announcements is an official premiere date for the upcoming fourth season of Game of Thrones, which will kick off on Sunday, April 6th at 9pm. The insanely popular fantasy series will be joined on Sunday nights by the third season of Veep and the debut of Mike Judge’s (Beavis and Butthead, King of the Hill) new live-action comedy series Silicon Valley, both of which will also premiere on April 6th. Additionally, Ryan Murphy‘s feature film The Normal Heart will premiere in May, and Damon Lindelof‘s new series The Leftovers will debut this summer.
The fourth season of Game of Thrones will largely cover the second half of George R.R. Martin’s third book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Storm of Swords. We’ll see our first trailer for season four this Sunday, in front of the premiere of True Detective. Good luck watching the opening credits without this song stuck in your head. Hit the jump for news on the final season of Boardwalk Empire.
HBO has released a self-congratulatory promo for its 2013 programming a look ahead for what viewers can expect in 2014. Once we reach 2014, we’ll get more in-depth promos for the network’s spring programming, but for now we’ll have to settle for stuff like a few brief seconds of the fourth season of Game of Thrones. This footage confirms that there are at least eight seconds of season four where no one dies. There are also glimpses at other returning shows such as Girls and Veep and newcomers The Leftovers, Looking, True Detective, and Silicon Valley not to mention original movies, miniseries, and documentaries.
Hit the jump to check out the promo.
HBO has ordered a pilot for Silicon Valley, a single-camera comedy developed by King of the Hill producers Mike Judge, John Altschuler, and Dave Krinsky. According to Deadline, the series is set in “the high tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success.” Judge is set to direct the pilot in the spring. Scott Rudin (The Newsroom) will also produce as part of his overall deal with HBO.
King of the Hill signed off the air after 13 seasons in 2010, then Judge revived his breakout hit, Beavis and Butt-head. The last episode of Beavis aired in 2011, and to my knowledge MTV has not ordered a ninth season. So Judge may have the time to focus his full attention on Silicon Valley, his first live-action television comedy. Judge is one of the sharpest satirists in the business, so I look forward to what he can do with HBO resources.