Two of HBO’s best comedies will return in 2016. HBO announced today that it has ordered Silicon Valley Season 3 and Veep Season 5, just a day after the shows began their second and fourth seasons, respectively. This is fantastic news and bolsters HBO’s Spring 2016 lineup, with Game of Thrones and Last Week Tonight having already been renewed.
Created by Mike Judge, Silicon Valley gained both critical and commercial praise for its first season, and judging by last night’s Season 2 premiere it hasn’t lost its step. Indeed, Allison said the show is still “the perfect blend of nuanced tech speak and sparklingly creative vulgarities” in her review of the first few episodes. If you missed it, check out Chris’ full recap of the season premiere right here.
As for Veep, the political comedy also continues to soar thanks to an impeccable ensemble cast. Sadly, though, we recently learned that creator Armando Iannucci will not be returning for the now-official Season 5, opting to leave the show to work on other things. In his stead, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld alum David Mandel is coming onboard as the new showrunner. Read Allison’s review of Season 4’s first few episodes here, and click here for my interview with standout Timothy Simons, who plays Jonah.
Read HBO’s full press release below.
LOS ANGELES, April 13, 2015 – HBO has renewed the comedy series VEEP for a fifth season and SILICON VALLEY for a third season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.
“VEEP and SILICON VALLEY are terrific series, and I’m immensely proud that they will return to HBO next year,” noted Lombardo. “Along with ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,’ both of which have already been renewed for 2016, they give HBO a stellar Sunday night like no other.”
Created by Armando Iannucci, VEEP stars Emmy® and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus as new President Selina Meyer, for whom even the most banal action can have unexpected and far-reaching consequences. The Emmy®-nominated series kicked off its ten-episode fourth season Sunday, April 12 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT).
In addition to Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the ensemble cast for the fourth season includes Emmy® winner Tony Hale, Emmy® nominee Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott, Matt Walsh, Timothy Simons, Sufe Bradshaw, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole and Sam Richardson.
The Emmy®– and Golden Globe®-nominated series SILICON VALLEY takes a comic look at the modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. A collaboration between Mike Judge and Alec Berg, the show returned for its ten-episode second season Sunday, April 12 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT).
Cast regulars for the second season include Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Josh Brener, Martin Starr, Kumail Nanjiani, Zach Woods, Amanda Crew, Matt Ross, Suzanne Cryer and Jimmy O. Yang.
Season four credits: VEEP was created by Armando Iannucci; executive produced by Armando Iannucci, Christopher Godsick, Frank Rich, Chris Addison, Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Stephanie Laing.
Season two credits: SILICON VALLEY was created by Mike Judge & John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky; executive producers, Mike Judge, Alec Berg, John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky, Michael Rotenberg and Tom Lassally; co-executive producers, Dan O’Keefe and Clay Tarver; supervising producers, Sonny Lee and Ron Weiner; producers, Carrie Kemper and Jim Kleverweis.