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A-List Writers From 'Silicon Valley,' 'Transparent' on Embarrassing Scenes Stolen From Real Life, "Crushing Blow" of a Writers-Room Firing

19 June 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in a special Emmy issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. You really can't blame a comedy showrunner — on whose shoulders a show's successes and failures squarely sit — for being totally exhausted. And on a recent spring afternoon, six such weary souls converged inside a Hollywood studio to talk about TV's toughest gig and its biggest occupational hazards. (No. 1 on the list: loss of sleep.) But it's not all grousing for these writer-producers, who over­see some of the most impactful comedies of the year: HBO's Silicon Valley (Alec Berg, 45), Amazon's Transparent (Jill

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- Stacey Wilson Hunt, Lacey Rose

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Top TV Showrunners Pull Double Duty as Directors

17 June 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

After Alec Berg and Mike Judge finished the first season of their HBO comedy “Silicon Valley,” the showrunners made a decision to take on even more work for the current year: they’d alternate writing and directing episodes, rather than hiring guest directors.

“It’s an extension of the same process,” Berg says. “When you’re running a show, you consult on all the directorial stuff to an extent anyway. The guest directors we used last year were super-talented people, (but) ultimately, I have to be there anyway, so I may as well just be a hog and do it all.”

Because the lines between TV directing and writing continue to blur, Berg and Judge aren’t the only showrunners moving seamlessly between the two. Writer-directors say the two disciplines complement each other in a way that makes for a better show overall.

“They’re both connected,” says writer-director Jonathan Krisel of IFC’s “Portlandia. »

- Christy Grosz

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Silicon Valley, Ep. 2.10, “Two Days of the Condor” is a fleeting victory

15 June 2015 4:14 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Silicon Valley, Season 2, Episode 10, “Two Days of the Condor”

Written by Alec Berg

Directed by Alec Berg

Airs Sundays at 10pm Et on HBO

What a bombshell, huh?

What’s most impressive about “Two Days of the Condor” is how it gives the most visceral ending to every possible arc of the season, while still committing to the perceived outcome last week of Richard losing Pied Piper. Richard’s code and the core group get to prove their bona fides, Erlich realizes the importance of his relationship with Pp, Gavin Belson gets the boot, Big Head continues to fail his way upward, Russ is back in the three commas club, and even Richard’s lawyer gets to feel the high of a “second chance.”

But still, Richard gets fired. The fight to keep Pied Piper has been a series of Pyrrhic victories. Richard called out the head of homicide for being a double asshole, »

- Jj Perkins

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Silicon Valley Season Two Finale Recap: The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat

14 June 2015 7:30 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Last season, I was quite the Cassandra here in Silicon Valley recap land. I repeatedly predicted a dark end for Richard Hendricks, yet he bested Hooli, won TechCrunch Disrupt, and became a hero to little guys everywhere. I gladly took my lumps from readers for being a whiny soothsayer of doom. Now that you’ve seen “Two Days of the Condor,” the dark second season finale, I just have one thing to say: “Cassandra Henderson was Right!!! Who’s your Miss Cleo now?!!!”Yes, I’m being petty. If this show has taught you anything, it’s that we can be some petty ass people here in Information Technology. In this regard, I plead guilty with a capital T. This plea is appropriate, because Alec Berg’s excellent “Two Days of the Condor” script has a streak of pettiness running through it.  Almost everyone gets their shot at this trait in the finale. »

- Odie Henderson

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Zach Woods talks sleep-talking on 'Silicon Valley' (Exclusive Video)

12 June 2015 1:35 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

During our recent webcam chat (watch below), "Silicon Valley" supporting player Zach Woods reveals that a real-life incident was the inspiration for his character, Jared Dunn, to speak in his sleep in an episode ("Server Space"). He recalls telling executive producer Alec Berg of a time when his college roommate saw him sit up in bed and say, "I hate the Jews!" and then go back to sleep. Woods, who is Jewish, readily admits, "This is probably the dumbest thing to say in an Emmy-oriented interview." -Break- Watch dozens of video chats with 2015 Emmy contenders His HBO series just won Best Comedy at this year's Critics' Choice TV Awards and earned five Emmy nominations last year, including one for the top prize. While Woods has appeared on several Emmy winners ("Veep" and "The Good Wife"), he admits to being more connected to the accolades that "Silico..." »

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Emmys 2015: Best Comedies Prove Definitions Out of Date

10 June 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It used to be easy to define a TV comedy: characters hitting punchlines for half an hour in front of a live — and lively — studio audience, captured by a static four-camera setup.

It’s no longer that simple. The TV landscape has changed so dramatically that one Emmy voter’s comedy is quite literally another voter’s drama.

In a few cases, the traditional format thrives — i.e. the universe’s No. 1 sitcom, “The Big Bang Theory,” and its edgier sister series “Mom” — but today’s “comedy” has more styles than the stars on an Emmy red carpet.

Do you prefer your comedy dark or cheerful? Lowbrow or high? Bruising or fanciful? British or Brooklyn? Take your pick. It’s all available.

Some comedies are easy to spot. The serialized storytelling in HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” and the nuanced performances of Thomas Middleditch and T.J. Miller as a socially awkward »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Silicon Valley, Ep. 2.08, “White Hat/Black Hat” doesn’t let Richard win

1 June 2015 11:52 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Silicon Valley, Season 2, Episode 8, “White Hat/Black Hat”

Written by Dan Lyons

Directed by Alec Berg

Airs Sundays at 10pm Et on HBO

Richard Hendricks can’t have nice things. It’s not that he doesn’t allow himself to have nice things, or even that he doesn’t want to have nice things, it is that he is almost karmically incapable of having nice things. Through either incredible worry or the incredible stupidity of others, Richard is never allowed to be an unqualified winner. Part of this is due to Richard being a dweeb who lacks confidence, but it is also due to the fact that Richard is the main character on a TV show, and thus can’t be top dog for very long. Stories of winners constantly winning become boring because watching deserved success is boring. It’s fun to watch a single arc of a story »

- Jj Perkins

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Silicon Valley, Ep. 2.07: “Adult Content” sets the season up for success

25 May 2015 2:11 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Silicon Valley, Season 2, Episode 7, “Adult Content”

Written by Amy Aniobi

Directed by Alec Berg

Airs Sundays at 10pm Et on HBO

Who knew that Silicon Valley would be the type of show to sit down and have a grand moral discussion about ethics in business?

Actually, it makes sense when one stops to think about it. For as much as the show splits up the cast into Richard/Erlich A-plots and Dinesh/Gilfoyle B-plots, with Jared playing utility man, the core of the show is still the interaction between all of these characters. So having them all sit down to discuss what they’re going to do about End Frame gives the show an opportunity to have its main cast play off of each other. Gilfoyle gets to dryly ask a series of “What ifs”, Erlich righteously declares that he alone increases porn traffic on the internet by one percent, »

- Jj Perkins

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Silicon Valley, Ep. 2.04, “The Lady” reveals how season two changes the pacing

4 May 2015 5:52 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Silicon Valley, Season 2, Episode 4, “The Lady”

Written by Carson Mell

Directed by Alec Berg

Airs Sundays at 10pm Et on HBO

Running a business is hard. Hell, being in charge of anything is hard. Decisions have to be made that affect the vague notion of a collective, and these have tangible impacts on the egos of the guys (and gal) lower on the totem pole than the decision-maker. Sometimes these bruised egos manifest themselves in worker complaints calling the leader a pussy for supposedly paying a new employee too much. At other times, this means a board member will go on a tirade about the tyranny of wide spoons and the inefficient design of Fage yogurt containers. A new investor could poach a prospective employee from the company and use the wrong logo on $30,000 dollars worth of swag for the company. Of course, none of that could matter if your »

- Jj Perkins

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Silicon Valley, Ep. 2.03: “Bad Money” brings another player to the table

26 April 2015 10:39 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Silicon Valley, Season 2, Episode 3, “Bad Money

Written by Alec Berg

Directed by Alec Berg

Airs Sundays at 10pm Et on HBO

Silicon Valley is raising the stakes by bringing in the one big archetype it has yet to tackle: the washed-out tech CEO. Gavin Belson is a conniving, devious, maniacal douchebag, but he is successful. This means that if he were do something seemingly innocuous, like, say, compare the plight of billionaires in America to that of Jews in Nazi Germany, all he would have to do to fix the problem is build a statue on the Hooli campus in order to “hardwire sensitivity into our corporate mind-space.”

Russ Hanneman (Chris Diamantopoulos), on the other hand, is a conniving, devious, maniacal douchebag who is a Silicon Valley laughing stock. So when Hanneman whips onto the scene in his specially-made McLaren in order to hijack Pied Piper from Belson, he is »

- Jj Perkins

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Premiere Scores Series High Ratings

14 April 2015 8:32 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Everyone loves musical chairs — throw in dragons, and it’s game on for adults. The “Game of Thrones” Season 5 premiere episode landed a series-high 4.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic; the fantasy drama hauled in 8 million total viewers. Last year, the popular HBO show’s Season 4 premiere netted a 3.6 rating in the key demo, which means this one is up 16.7 percent. The premium network’s comedy “Silicon Valley” returned for its sophomore season with a 1.3 demo rating, which was good for second place across cable on Sunday. The Mike Judge-Alec Berg sitcom netted 2.13 million total viewers, which placed it. »

- Tony Maglio

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Veep Renewed for Season 5 and Silicon Valley for Season 3 by HBO

13 April 2015 5:16 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

HBO wasted little time in renewing two of its ongoing franchises that have the privilege of airing on the same night as Game of Thrones.

In a blanket announcement today, HBO gave Veep starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as new President Selina Meyer, a Season 5 order. They also gave Mike Judge and Alec Berg's Silicon Valley a Season 3 order. Both renewals came less than a day after each show's current season premiere episodes debuted.

The next seasons of Veep and Silicon Valley will run 10 episodes as per each respective show's current season trend.

With the renewals, all four of HBO's Sunday evening original programs are now set for 2016. Game of Thrones Season 6 was picked up at the same time as Season 5. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver was also picked up more recently.

The fun connection with Veep's renewal is that art imitates life with Hilary Clinton announcing her official »

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HBO Renews Veep And Silicon Valley

13 April 2015 2:30 PM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

HBO wastes no time renewing shows again, and this time, Veep gets a fifth season and Silicon Valley gets a third.

We’re no strangers to HBO‘s policy of sticking with shows, even when it would seem there can hardly be much information to go on, so this is no surprise, but the case of Silicon Valley is noteworthy.

While Veep has had a long history of popularity already, and moreover a lot of critical acclaim, Silicon Valley screamed out of the gates with the first season, but was the focus of a bit of backlash during the off season.

Current fan, or not, I know there are a lot of viewers these days who love to hear that a show has been renewed as soon as possible, because they feel better about investing in it.

Let me know what you think? Are you a fan? Is it a »

- Marc Eastman

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‘Silicon Valley’ Ep on the Fun of Mining Comedy Out of the Tech Industry’s ‘Money and Social Dysfunction’

12 April 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The more you research Silicon Valley, the funnier it gets, according to Alec Berg (“Seinfeld,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”), executive producer of HBO’s tech-culture skewering “Silicon Valley,” which returns for its second season on April 12. Berg, who produces the show with Mike Judge, says the writing team toured countless tech companies, incubators and accelerators in preparation for the new episodes. There were also dinners with venture capitalists and company founders — as he puts it, “a lot of billionaires.” Following Season 1, both Berg and Judge hinted at wanting to explore bigger themes brewing in “Silicon Valley.” Watch for more exploration of. »

- Jon Erlichman

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‘Silicon Valley’ Bosses on How Show Handles Key Character’s Death – And TV’s Smartest Dick Joke Ever

11 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Silicon Valley” Season 1 concluded with one of the most epic scenes in sitcom history — and definitely the biggest hand job joke to ever grace to small screen. So how do showrunners Mike Judge and Alec Berg top that for the HBO comedy’s sophomore run? They don’t, the duo told TheWrap during an interview. “That’s no way to think about it,” Judge said of his young show’s most memorable scene to-date. “I think those things happen when they happen.” “I have enough motivation just not looking like an idiot on national television,” Berg said, admitting: “The fear »

- Tony Maglio

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'Silicon Valley' fills Peter Gregory's big shoes in season 2

10 April 2015 10:58 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The first season of HBO's "Silicon Valley" offered abundant comic delights, culminating in perhaps the most highbrow dick joke ever told. Almost everything that made the show a treat a year ago is present for the new season, which debuts Sunday night at 10, after "Game of Thrones" and before the terrific new season of "Veep." It's a pleasure to have the whole Pied Piper team back, and there's a montage in the season premiere featuring Thomas Middleditch's Richard and T.J. Miller's Erlich Bachman(*) visiting a bunch of venture capital firms is a wonder of uncomfortable comedy and clever crudeness. (*) "Erlich Bachman" is such a pleasingly goofy collection of syllables that he becomes one of those TV characters who can only be referred to by his full name. See also Will Tippin, Raylan Givens, Finn Polmar and Jordan Catalano, among others. The one element the new season sadly lacks is Peter Gregory, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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‘Silicon Valley’s’ Mike Judge on If Season 2 Can Top That Scene

3 April 2015 9:40 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Silicon Valley,” the HBO comedy that lampoons California’s other major industry, had its season two premiere Thursday at the El Capitan Theatre, where the growing intersection of Hollywood and tech was obvious.

Tech entrepreneurs Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss guest star in the first episode of the new season and joked on the red carpet that no, they’re not playing Armie Hammer, the actor who famously portrayed them in the film “The Social Network.”

Mike Judge, who created the show with John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, hearkened back to his early days in the tech field during his opening remarks before the show.

“A long time ago, I was actually an engineer in Silicon Valley,” he said. “I was an engineer dreaming of becoming a comedy filmmaker in Hollywood and now here I am doing a show called ‘Silicon Valley.’ As we do this show, I keep thinking I »

- Whitney Friedlander

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HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ to Stream Free Episode on Amazon’s Twitch

3 April 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO, ahead of the premiere of season two of tech-startup spoof “Silicon Valley,” is teaming with Amazon’s Twitch videogame-casting service for a promo event that will include a free stream of the first season’s pilot episode.

Show cast members Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr and Zach Woods will visit Twitch for a live gameplay and Q&A session followed by the free episode on Wednesday, April 8, starting at 12 p.m. Pt. According to HBO, the event fits neatly with Twitch because several “Silicon Valley” characters are avid gamers, as are some of the actors on the show, including series star Middleditch, who is a Twitch streamer. Fans will be able to watch the webcast and interact with the cast on http://www.twitch.tv/twitch.

For HBO, the promo stunt comes as it gears up to launch HBO Now, the $15-per-month standalone Internet-streaming service that doesn’t require a cable TV subscription. »

- Todd Spangler

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Second Trailer for HBO's 'Silicon Valley' Season 2

23 March 2015 12:03 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Following the first trailer released last month, HBO has debuted the second trailer for their hit series Silicon Valley, which debuts Sunday, April 12 at 10 Pm Et. The show will return between the Season 5 premiere of Game of Thrones at 9 Pm Et and the Season 4 premiere of Veep at 10:30 Pm Et. Will you tune in for the premiere in just a few weeks?

Mike Judge (Office Space, King of the Hill) brings his irreverent brand of humor to HBO in this Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated comedy series, which looks 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. The cast includes Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener, Amanda Crew, Matt Ross and Jimmy Ouyang. Ben Feldman, Chris Diamantopoulos and Alice Wetterlund guest star.

Mike Judge, Alec Berg, John Altschuler, Dave Krinsky, »

- MovieWeb

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‘Silicon Valley: The Complete First Season’ Blu-ray Review

22 March 2015 1:15 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Thomas Middleditch, Martin StarrKumail NanjianiZach WoodsT.J. MillerChristopher Evan WelchMatt Ross | Created by Alec Berg, Mike Judge

I’m a fan of The Big Bang Theory and I always will be, but the criticism it often gets for mocking “nerds” is something hard to defend it from, because a lot of the humour is obviously doing just that.  What we need is a comedy with a little more intelligence where it’s not just about the geeks being awkward around women, but actually smartly satirises a culture that is now seen as the new “cool”.  Step forward Alec Berg and Mike Judge’s Silicon Valley: The Complete First Season.

Silicon Valley is the heart of the gold rush in the technological world.  Everybody dreams of having that startup company that will make them the next Facebook, Google or Twitter (but hopefully not Myspace).  When »

- Paul Metcalf

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