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Emmy Writer and Director: The Nominees Who Knew Too Much

7 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Documents, images and consultants’ testimony can lend unexpected dimension to a narrative in development. This year’s Emmy writing and directing nominees remind us that research changes a story because it changes the storyteller — it lobs a curve at preconceptions or perspective.

Some writers bring the best research of all: personal experience. For Nic Pizzolatto, a south Louisiana upbringing meant he could write “True Detective” “from my memory and my perception … keyed towards the environment I knew we would find there.” But Ryan Murphy didn’t know the Crescent City from Adam before “American Horror Story: Coven,” having to persuade local residents en route.

“The city, to be honest, was a little nervous about us … but I really wanted to send a love letter to New Orleans, the mystery and magic of it,” Murphy says. Once early episodes evidenced six months of diligent, respectful research, “doors formerly closed were opened to us. »

- Bob Verini

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Halfway Mark: The Best TV Episodes of 2014 (So Far), Part 3

12 July 2014 6:19 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hannibal, “Mizumono”

Written by Steve Lightfoot and Bryan Fuller

Directed by David Slade

Aired May 23rd, 2014

“I let you know me… see me. I gave you a rare gift, but you didn’t want it.” – Hannibal Lecter

If there’s such thing as arthouse television, Hannibal‘s second season is it, a thirteen-hour fever dream of blood, orchestral music, and psychological mind games. Above all, it was a cinematic tragedy, a symbolically-rich tale of a man courting the devil and (most likely) living to tell about it, set against the backdrop of television’s most arresting visual palette.

“Mizumono” is the sweet, sweet cherry on the top of Hannibal‘s breathtaking sophomore effort, a dramatic crescendo catalyzed by one small mistake made on Will’s part: leaving the scent of Freddie Lounds on himself before visiting Hannibal. When Lecter realizes what Will has done, his heart breaks and Hannibal dares »

- Kate Kulzick

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2014 Emmy Nominations Include The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, American Horror Story

10 July 2014 9:59 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The 2014 Emmy Nominations were announced today, with Game of Thrones and American Horror Story picking up quite a few nominations in top categories. The Walking Dead also picked up nominations for visual effects and sound editing. The official list is below and the winners will be announced live during the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards on August 25th.

 

Drama series

Breaking Bad” (AMC)

Downton Abbey” (PBS)

Game of Thrones” (HBO)

House of Cards” (Netflix)

Mad Men” (AMC)

True Detective” (HBO)

Comedy series

The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

Louie” (FX)

Modern Family” (ABC)

Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)

Silicon Valley” (HBO)

Veep” (HBO)

Miniseries

American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

Bonnie and Clyde” (A&E)

Fargo” (FX)

Luther” (BBC America)

Treme” (HBO)

The White Queen” (BBC America)

TV Movie

Killing Kennedy” (National Geographic)

Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (HBO)

The Normal Heart” (HBO)

Sherlock: His Last Vow” (BBC America)

The Trip to Bountiful »

- Jonathan James

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Full list of nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards

10 July 2014 7:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards have been announced today, with the epic fantasy series Game of Thrones leading the pack with 19 nods in total, including Best Drama Series, where it will compete against Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, House of Cards, Mad Men and True Detective. The small screen adaptation of Fargo pulled in 18 nominations, followed by American Horror Story with 17 and Breaking Bad and The Normal Heart with 16.

In terms of the broadcasters, HBO pulled in a whopping 99 nominations in total, while Netflix managed 31 nominations, thanks to strong showings for House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black. Check out the full list of contenders here…

Drama Series

Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones

House of Cards

Mad Men

True Detective

Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory

Louie

Modern Family

Orange Is the New Black

Silicon Valley

Veep

Lead Actor in a Drama

Bryan Cranston, »

- Gary Collinson

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2014 Emmy Award Nominations Announced

10 July 2014 7:21 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The 2014 Emmy Award nominations were announced today and led by HBO's "Game of Thrones" with 19 total nominations. New show "Fargo" scored 18, followed by "American Horror Story", "Breaking Bad", The Normal Heart and not too far down the line "True Detective" with 12. The one show I love and continue to watch, "Hannibal" received zero nominations, but then again, I have never paid too much attention to the Emmys, primarily because people have to nominate themselves, something I've never understood. "Game of Thrones" 19 "Fargo" 18 "American Horror Story: Coven" 17 "Breaking Bad" 16 "The Normal Heart" 16 "Saturday Night Live" 14 "House of Cards" 13 "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" 12 "Downton Abbey" 12 "Orange Is the New Black" 12 From a network perspective, leading the pack was HBO, coming in just one nomination shy of a 100 and it wasn't even a close race with CBS coming in second with 47. HBO 99 CBS 47 NBC 46 FX Networks 45 ABC 37 The top shelf nominations are listed »

- Brad Brevet

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Mike Judge's Silicon Valley: 'We tried to make it not about the tech'

4 July 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The creator of Beavis and Butt-head has turned his attention to tech start-ups. It's relatable, autobiographical and, according to Tyler, The Creator 'dope'

He created and voiced puerile, metal-loving dunces Beavis and Butt-head, but in real life, Mike Judge speaks softly and is unfailingly polite. Which makes his impression of Tyler, The Creator even funnier. He recalls a recent meeting with the notorious rap tyro where the conversation turned to Judges current project Silicon Valley. I guess Tyler had seen the billboards for the show, explains Judge. And he said, and I wont get this exactly right, but it was something like: Man, I thought it was going to be some fucking show about how fucking hard it is to make a fucking computer. Then I saw it, man, and that shit is dope. The 51-year-old sounds half-embarrassed and half-proud. He chuckles at the memory, and you can hear the faintest echo of Butt-head. »

- Graeme Virtue

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Emmy Watch: Mike Judge on Christopher Evan Welch and one of his final 'Silicon Valley' scenes

19 June 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

In the third episode of HBO comedy Silicon Valley, titled “Articles of Incorporation,” eccentric tech billionaire and angel investor Peter Gregory (Christopher Evan Welch) demonstrated exactly how brainy and zany he can be. Ignoring the pleas for emergency funds from two executives running a business on the verge of shutdown, he orders up and then studies every item on the Burger King menu with alien-like curiosity. But just when the stressed-out pair reach their flame-broiling point with Gregory and his seemingly disassociated contemplation, he snaps into focus and offers a cropload of comic relief: He coolly delivers a connect-the-dots speech »

- Dan Snierson

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'Silicon Valley': Mike Judge on the finale's Nsfw 'tip-to-tip' scene, plus the academic paper it inspired

12 June 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Warning: Spoilers — and math — follow!

In the climactic scene of Silicon Valley’s season 1 finale, Richard (Thomas Middleditch) saves the day at the TechCrunch Disrupt competition by unveiling Pied Piper’s bold new compression algorithm, which earns a Weissman score heretofore unseen. But the boys really scored with the hotel-room scene before the big presentation, which begat one of the longest and finest dick jokes in TV history.

When Erlich (T.J. Miller) vows to his Pied Piper partners that “we’re going to win, even if I have to go into the auditorium and personally jerk off every guy in the audience, »

- Dan Snierson

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Emmy Contenders Preview – Minor Roles Make for Major Impact

11 June 2014 10:04 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

These thesps make the most of limited screen time:

Beau Bridges

The Millers

The oft-nominated, three-time Emmy winner says he jumped at the chance to join the cast of CBS’ new hit comedy “The Millers” before even reading a script, “because of showrunner Greg Garcia. We’d previously worked together on ‘My Name Is Earl,’ and he’s one of the funniest, most innovative guys in the business today, who writes very relatable material.” Bridges also loved the family theme — “all the ups and downs, which is a universal experience” — and his character, Tom Miller, “who’s far more complex, and smarter, than you realize at first. And he’s also a bit of a roue — another surprise.”

Jane Fonda

The Newsroom

Jane Fonda calls Leona Lansing, the media baroness she plays in “The Newsroom,” “marinated in Ted Turner and Rupert Murdoch.” Although Lansing harbors a conservative streak that tends to protect her corporate interests, »

- Steve Chagollan

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Silicon Valley Season 1 Finale Recap: 800 in 10 Minutes

2 June 2014 5:56 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

“When you create a new start-up company, don’t forget to thank Satan.” Seven recaps ago, our journey through the first season of Silicon Valley began with those words. On the season finale, “Optimal Tip-to-Tip Efficiency,” the devil comes to collect his claim on Pied Piper. Depending on your perspective, the outcome of TechCrunch Disrupt is either a defeat of Old Scratch or the beginnings of an even bigger deal with Rosemary’s baby daddy.The episode starts with the mention of a very costly lawsuit, and ends … with the mention of a very costly lawsuit. Between the litigious bookends is a roller coaster of details and insanity expertly scripted by Alec Berg and directed by Mike Judge. There’s suspense, a bit of backstabbing, the ugly results of sleep-deprivation, a last-minute save, and a little romance. There is also a delectable appearance of the most beautiful language in the universe, »

- Odie Henderson

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'Silicon Valley' recap: It's Richard's time to shine - but can he?

1 June 2014 7:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I had been wondering how the first season of "Silicon Valley" might wrap, as things had been looking mighty dour for Pied Piper in the last few episodes. As has been mentioned, long ago VHS beat out the superior Betamax technology, and Hooli seemed poised to do something similar by stealing the Pied Piper programming and making it their own. A complete failure for Pied Piper at TechCrunch wouldn't have meant the end of the show (it's already been renewed for another season), but it would have sent it spinning in a different direction, and likely a dark one. Initially it seems that's exactly where we're headed, though, as even Gilfoyle and Dinesh look to jump ship and everything Richard does to save the project seems to be moving around deck chairs on the Titanic. That what eventually transpires, though it probably has real compression experts screaming, nicely takes us »

- Liane Bonin Starr

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HBO Renews Hit Shows ‘Veep’ And ‘Silicon Valley’

22 April 2014 12:50 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

HBO has been on a high the past few years with successes such as Game Of Thrones and they look set to continue bringing us more high quality TV as the channel has just renewed political comedy Veep and the semi-biopic Silicon Valley for a fourth and second season respectively.

Veep stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer, who becomes vice president (hence the name) but sadly finds that the job is completely the opposite to what she expected. The show was created by Armando Iaunnucci, best known on this side of the pond for bringing us In The Loop.

Now, Silicon Valley differs oh so slightly and stars Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller and Zach Woods, It’s partially based on creator Mike Judge’s life as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late 80′s. However, both shows have a link through the comedy hit Seinfeld, as writer Alec Berg has »

- Ellen Daniels

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HBO Renews Veep And Silicon Valley

21 April 2014 3:49 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Now that last night’s episode of Game of Thrones has started a bit of controversy online, HBO has turned to its acclaimed comedies to help quench the flames. According to Deadline, the cable network has renewed Veep for a fourth season and the freshman show Silicon Valley for a second season.

Veep stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus (who took home an Emmy for the role last year) as Selina Meyer, who becomes Vice President of the United States only to realize that it’s not at all what she expected – but is everything she was warned about. The series was created by Armando Iannucci (In the Loop) and also stars Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott, Matt Walsh, Timothy Simons, Sufe Bradshaw, Gary Cole and Kevin Dunn.

Silicon Valley is only three episodes into its debut season, but has already received accolades from critics and generated impressive numbers for HBO. Created »

- James Garcia

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Veep renewed for fourth season by HBO

21 April 2014 1:09 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Veep has been renewed by HBO for a fourth season.

The comedy series follows Vice President Selina Meyer, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who discovers that the job is not at all what she expected.

The renewal comes just three episodes into Veep's third season, which sees Meyer consider running for the nation's highest office.

Meanwhile, the cable network has also awarded a second season to sitcom Silicon Valley, which began its eight-episode first season earlier this month.

Silicon Valley stars Martin Starr, Tj Miller, Thomas Middleditch and Amanda Crew, and comes from Office Space creator Mike Judge, Alec Berg, Dave Krinsky and John Altschuler.

New York-based TV critic Bruce Fretts discussed the success of Veep and Silicon Valley for Digital Spy's Remote Patrol.

Watch a trailer for Silicon Valley below: »

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‘Veep,’ ‘Silicon Valley’ Renewed by HBO

21 April 2014 11:34 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

HBO has renewed the Julia Louis-Dreyfus comedy “Veep” and the freshman comedy “Silicon Valley” from Mike Judge, the network said Monday. The renewal will put “Veep,” which stars “Seinfeld” alum Louis-Dreyfus as vice president Selina Meyer, into a fourth season. Also read: ‘Silicon Valley’ Review: Stabbing the Tech Bubble The renewals follow HBO's recent two-season renewal of its dragons-and-swords series “Game of Thrones.” “Silicon Valley,” which premiered April 6, was partially inspired by Judge's experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late '80s. Alec Berg (“Seinfeld,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) is collaborating with Judge on the series. The show, currently in its eight-episode. »

- Tim Kenneally

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Watch the First Episode of 'Silicon Valley' on YouTube

7 April 2014 9:46 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Where can you drink liquid shrimp and sip champagne out of test tubes at a party where a megastar like Kid Rock is the poorest person in the room? The fantasy land that is Silicon Valley, home to the tech industry's beating heart, and the insatiable nerds who flock there in search of millions in start-up money. That's the subjects of Mike Judge's latest show, Silicon Valley, and now HBO has made the first episode available to stream on YouTube following its premiere Sunday night. Indeed, Kid Rock shows »

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HBO comedy Silicon Valley to air on Sky Atlantic in the UK

2 April 2014 2:44 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

HBO's Silicon Valley is to air on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

The eight-part comedy is debuting in the Us on April 6, and will broadcast on the Sky channel this summer.

Set in the San Francisco Bay area, Silicon Valley follows a group of computer programmers who try to start their own company in the technology industry.

It stars Martin Starr, Tj Miller, Thomas Middleditch, Amanda Crew, Porscha Coleman and Jimmy Ouyang.

The series comes from Office Space creator Mike Judge, Alec Berg, Dave Krinsky and John Altschuler.

A new promo clip for the show was recently released.

HBO will air Silicon Valley every Sunday at 10pm.

Watch a teaser for Silicon Valley below: »

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Watch: New Teasers For HBO Comedies 'Veep' & 'Silicon Valley'

9 March 2014 6:04 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

"We're taking shots, but at the same time we're respectful. I don't think we're sneering at Silicon Valley," executive producer Alec Berg told THR about this upcoming HBO comedy. "It would be the same thing if you were doing something about show business: There are certain aspects of it that are great and people who genuinely care about what they're doing and honestly believe in the products they're making and aren't just money-grubbing scumbags—and then there are outsize personalities who are parodies as human beings and aspects that are ripe for satire." An industry with lots of money and outsized personalities? It sounds not unlike "Entourage," and writer/director Mike Judge says that's not so far off. "It's a good comparison. Our characters are completely different, but it's a similar situation," he says, So, see for yourself with a new teaser for "Silicon Valley," along with a fresh look at "Veep. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: New Teasers For HBO Comedies 'Veep' & 'Silicon Valley'

9 March 2014 6:04 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

"We're taking shots, but at the same time we're respectful. I don't think we're sneering at Silicon Valley," executive producer Alec Berg told THR about this upcoming HBO comedy. "It would be the same thing if you were doing something about show business: There are certain aspects of it that are great and people who genuinely care about what they're doing and honestly believe in the products they're making and aren't just money-grubbing scumbags—and then there are outsize personalities who are parodies as human beings and aspects that are ripe for satire." An industry with lots of money and outsized personalities? It sounds not unlike "Entourage," and writer/director Mike Judge says that's not so far off. "It's a good comparison. Our characters are completely different, but it's a similar situation," he says, So, see for yourself with a new teaser for "Silicon Valley," along with a fresh look at "Veep. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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HBO Pacts with ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ ‘Seinfeld’ Alum Alec Berg

7 March 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO has inked a two-year overall deal with “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Seinfeld” vet Alec Berg.

The writer-director at present is working as an exec producer and showrunner on HBO’s Mike Judge comedy “Silicon Valley.” The new deal calls for Berg to develop new projects for the pay cabler and supervise other prospects. “Silicon Valley” is set to bow April 6.

Berg spent four seasons on HBO’s Larry David laffer “Curb,” and before that he worked with David on NBC’s “Seinfeld.” In the feature realm he wrote and produced the 2012 Sacha Baron Cohen vehicle “The Dictator,” and he wrote the 2004 comedy “Eurotrip.”

Berg is repped by UTA and attorney Ken Richman of Hansen Jacobson.

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- Cynthia Littleton

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