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Silicon Valley, Ep. 2.06, “Homicide” highlights the show’s talent with details

18 May 2015 9:39 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Silicon Valley, Season 2, Episode 6, “Homicide”

Written by Carrie Kemper

Directed by Mike Judge

Airs Sundays at 10pm Et on HBO

Justice is nice and all, but it’s not really dramatic. Want audiences really want is poetic justice, the sense that the justice being given out has a twinge of retribution to it as well. It’s no fun to watch someone lose out on an opportunity because they don’t deserve it, but it’s a blast to watch someone lose out on an opportunity because they don’t deserve it And because they messed up in such a way that directly led to their losing of said opportunity. Sure, Gavin Belson is an ass and it’s good TV to watch Nucleus sputter and freeze during its big soft opening of a livestream, but Nucleus’ great public plunder is so entertaining because Gavin Belson is directly responsible, through »

- Jj Perkins

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Silicon Valley Recap: “Homicide”

18 May 2015 9:29 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

I remarked last week in my recap of “Server Space,” one of the best episodes of television to air so far this year, that Silicon Valley has been making a sincere and distinct effort to explore the sensitive side of T.J. Miller’s deeply obnoxious Erlich. The show’s creator, Mike Judge, took this concept a step further in “Homicide,” wherein we get another taste of Erlich’s life before incubating Richard and Pied Piper. As the episode begins, Hooli is launching Nucleus with a major Ufc bout and it goes, to paraphrase one of the episode’s funniest lines, Apple Maps bad. This is all gravy for the gang at Pied Piper, and the failure gives Monica (Amanda Crew) the idea to capitalize on Hooli’s failure by finding a similar event to launch Pied Piper as the new data-crunch software for streaming video. Of the show’s litany of poignant symbols, »

- Chris Cabin

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Silicon Valley box set review: ‘This may truly be the satire for our times’

14 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Mike Judge’s subtle sitcom about a likable geek who leaves Google-like Hooli to code it alone reflects – and comically distorts – the hermetically sealed cult of tech

Mike Judge, the sly cultural observer who skewered a generation with Beavis and Butt-head and made a smalltown Texas conservative sympathetic in the long-running King of the Hill, has struggled to match his cartoon peaks in the live-action arena (although his flavourings-factory comedy film, Extract, was better than it sounds). But the startup-themed Silicon Valley, his first flesh-and-blood sitcom for HBO, is easily his warmest and subtlest work. It’s already into its 10-episode second season on Sky; here are the first eight.

A show that toggles between revenge-of-the-nerds soap opera and knife-sharp spoof, Silicon Valley’s unlikely hero is Richard, played by the goofily nasal Thomas Middleditch. He’s an accidental genius who quits an insufferable Google-type company called Hooli, where he »

- Andrew Collins

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Silicon Valley, Ep. 2.05, “Server Space” shows how pride drives the show

11 May 2015 4:42 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Silicon Valley, Season 2, Episode 5, “Server Space”

Written by Sonny Lee

Directed by Mike Judge

Airs Sundays at 10pm Et on HBO

It’s not every week you get to experience a monkey using a robot arm to masturbate.

Silicon Valley is a show about pride. Even with all its expertly dumb gags, like the aforementioned monkey spanking the monkey and Richard’s paranoia that his night sweats are going to turn into bed wetting, the show is following through with this idea that pride is the main motivator for the movers and shakers within Silicon Valley. At Hooli, that pride is causing Gavin Belson to not care about one of the brightest minds in the world, who has come to work for his company. Instead, Belson is putting all of his effort into a guy who spends valuable resources making a giant potato cannon that may have the power to kill. »

- Jj Perkins

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Silicon Valley Recap: “Server Space”

11 May 2015 9:42 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Over the last few episodes of Silicon Valley, creator and often-time writer-director Mike Judge has been slowly backing away from focusing on the egotistical, foul-mouthed doings of T.J. Miller’s Erlich. This would seem to be part and parcel of Richard’s storyline, which now brings the Pied Piper creator to a point where he can afford a beautiful new office for the company, rather than squatting in Erlich’s “incubator” for another year. In “Server Space,” however, Judge brings Miller’s character’s loneliness and paranoia further into the limelight, though the last two episodes have teased these feelings subtly, especially when Erlich comes into contact with Russ Hanneman. As Erlich’s vulnerability becomes more clear, Richard and him grow closer as friends, and “Server Space,” on the whole, feels like the series’ most emotionally resonant and thoughtful episode to date, which is no small feat considering the show »

- Chris Cabin

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Silicon Valley Recap: The Monkey Hustle

10 May 2015 7:30 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

In the past, whenever I’ve been irritated about a plot point or situation, Silicon Valley would worm its way back into my good graces, either with a great take on a particular aspect of my profession or with funny dialogue. With this week’s episode, “Server Space,” I felt far less forgiving than I’ve normally been. I watched this episode twice before concluding that it reeked with a desperation that gave me pause. Is it too early for me to wonder if this premise is sustainable for a third season? Is Silicon Valley about to jump the shark?For starters, the current plotline is wearing very thin. Despite having some great lines and yet another of director Mike Judge’s wicked and warped camera movements (it occurs after Erlich disses the creators of the Christian dog-sharer app, Dog Dammit), this is the weakest episode in the entire series so far. »

- Odie Henderson

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Silicon Valley Recap: “The Lady”

4 May 2015 9:17 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

If the replacement of the late Christopher Evan Welch’s Peter Gregory with Laurie Bream (Suzanne Cryer) suggested that the second season of Silicon Valley would deal head-on with Silicon Valley’s misogynistic “boy’s club” mentality, “The Lady” confirms it. The title does not come from some mysterious woman who enters the lives of Richard and the Pied Piper team, but rather from an ingenious bit of software that acts as an intangible all-seeing mother in homes to keep children in line when parents don’t have the time. Not surprisingly, Russ Hanneman is all over this new tech, which, essentially, boils femininity down to the maternal archetype, but Hanneman was certainly not the only one who could be found guilty of trying to find an easy way to not deal with women. [caption id="attachment_453571" align="alignright" width="353"] Image via HBO[/caption] For Jared, henceforth to be known as O.J., his problem with »

- Chris Cabin

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Why 1999 was the best year in movie history

30 April 2015 8:40 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century? Check here for a complete list of our essays. The end of the 1990s was the end of an era on the big screen. The independent filmmaking movement that started the decade had taken full bloom and infiltrated the business. Major studios had begun to jump headlong into the "dependent" game, amping up prestige product and utilizing the awards season as a marketing tool. The blockbuster landscape at the summer multiplex had been interesting, full of original concepts (good and bad), but something else was on the way — a new overlord in the business of film, and one that would more or less make the age of the movie star (at least as we had come to know it) a thing of the past. For those reasons and a slew of others, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Silicon Valley: Season Two Ratings

21 April 2015 7:39 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Despite being paired with Game of Thrones, HBO's biggest series, the ratings for the first season of Silicon Valley weren't very impressive. Will the ratings improve for season two? Will this show be cancelled or renewed for a third season? We'll have to wait and see.

Co-created by Mike Judge, Silicon Valley follows the lives of a group of developers who live together and chase success in Northern California. The cast includes Thomas Middleditch, T. J. Miller, Josh Brener, Martin Starr, Kumail Nanjiani, Zach Woods, Amanda Crew, Matt Ross, Jimmy O. Yang, and Suzanne Cryer.

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Silicon Valley, Ep. 2.01-2.02, “Sand Hill Shuffle” & “Runaway Devaluation” sets up the new status quo

20 April 2015 8:34 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Silicon Valley, Season 2, Episode 1, “Sand Hill Shuffle”

Written by Clay Tarver

Directed by Mike Judge

Silicon Valley, Season 2, Episode 2, “Runaway Devaluation”

Written by Ron Weiner

Directed by Mike Judge

Airs Sundays at 10pm Et on HBO

Let’s talk shop: The second season of a show, if it is lucky enough to get one, is its most important. Season two is where the writers, producers, and cast have a chance to build up what works and cut the fat. Silicon Valley’s first season brought the show to a place prime for second season rejiggering, with an established world and tone, cracker jack dialogue, and performances both subtle and grandiose. But the unfortunate death of Christopher Evan Welch, who played the angel investor for the show’s startup, gave Mike Judge and Co. the added challenge of having to move forward without one of its key actors and narrative tools. »

- 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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The 22 Coolest TV Nerds: An Evolutionary History

14 April 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It seems quaint that there was a 1984 movie called "Revenge of the Nerds." Thirty-one years later, it's clear that the nerds have won. They dominate movies and TV with their superhero and sci-fi sagas. They've made Comic-Con the central pop cultural event of the year. They got us all to care about Jedi knights and hobbits and Lannisters. They built the hardware and the software that you're using to read this article.

And they've even made that process entertaining in the HBO comedy series "Silicon Valley," which returned for its second season on April 12. Created by "King of the Hill"'s Mike Judge, the live-action show follows a group of entrepreneurial coders in the cutthroat land of Google as they join the digital gold rush and try to invent the next killer app. In just one season, Richard, Erich, Dinesh, Bertram, and Jared have become some of our favorite nerds on TV. »

- Gary Susman

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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 | | 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 and Veep Renewed for Further Seasons

13 April 2015 2:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

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. [caption id="attachment_436927" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via HBO[/caption] As for Veep, the political comedy also continues to soar thanks to an impeccable ensemble cast. Sadly, though, »

- Adam Chitwood

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That Was Fast! HBO Has Renewed Veep and Silicon Valley

13 April 2015 1:50 PM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Just one day after the season premieres of Veep and Silicon Valley, HBO has renewed both series. This means Julia Louis-Dreyfuss's political show will be back for a fifth season and Mike Judge's tech comedy will return for its third season. "Veep and Silicon Valley are terrific series, and I'm immensely proud that they will return to HBO next year," HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said in a press release. "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." We agree! How do you think Dwayne Johnson's new comedy, Ballers, will fit in with this lineup? »

- Maggie-Pehanick

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‘Veep’ and ‘Silicon Valley’ Renewed by HBO

13 April 2015 1:25 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Veep” has been elected to another season. The comedy series, which stars “Seinfeld” alum Julia Louis-Dreyfus, has been renewed for a fifth run, the network said Monday. HBO also said that the Mike Judge comedy “Silicon Valley” has been renewed for a third season. The renewals follow the earlier extensions of HBO’s dragons-and-swords drama “Game of Thrones” and “Last Week With John Oliver.” In announcing Monday’s renewals, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said that the four series “give HBO a stellar Sunday night like no other.” Also Read: ‘Veep’s’ Anna Chlumsky on Ep Armando Iannucci Exit: ‘This Is What Happens in D. »

- Tim Kenneally

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HBO Renews Comedies ‘Veep,’ ‘Silicon Valley’

13 April 2015 1:20 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fresh off their Sunday season premieres, HBO has renewed comedies “Veep” and “Silicon Valley.”

Veep” is getting a fifth term in office. “Silicon Valley” is renewed for a third season.

” ‘Veep’ and ‘Silicon Valley’ are terrific series, and I’m immensely proud that they will return to HBO next year,” said Michael Lombardo, HBO’s president of original programming. He noted that the two half-hours coupled with “Game of Thrones” and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” have given HBO a “stellar Sunday night like no other.”

Veep” is expected to undergo a change of showrunner next season as creator/exec producer Armando Iannucci intends to step back. The British hyphenate has been commenting from his home in the U.K. to the U.S. each season. David Mandel, an alum of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” will take the reins of the show that lenses in Baltimore.

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- Cynthia Littleton

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Behind Silicon Valley's Tribute to Christopher Evan Welch

12 April 2015 8:44 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Before Christopher Evan Welch passed away after a three-year battle with lung cancer, he portrayed oddball techie billionaire Peter Gregory on Mike Judge’s HBO comedy Silicon Valley. Despite only appearing in a handful of episodes before his death, Welch emerged as one of the most compelling reasons to watch, drolly perfecting the idiosyncrasies of a visionary investor willing to seed Richard Hendricks’ (Thomas Middleditch) data-compression startup. Having ostensibly written around Welch’s passing for the back third of season one – attributing Peter’s absence to an overseas business expedition  – Judge and his co-producers and writers realized they needed to address Gregory’s whereabouts more concretely in season two in order to move the story forward [spoilers ahead]. The result was Sunday night’s tribute to both Welch and the role he imbued so colorfully, complete with yarns about hippo invasions and a funeral scene featuring Welch (as Gregory) projected on massive »

- Kenny Herzog

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Silicon Valley Season 2 Premiere Recap: Hooli’s Revenge

12 April 2015 8:29 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

There’s a non-scientific theory called “the sophomore jinx” that you may have heard of many times without being aware of its origins. It originated in baseball, the most superstitious of sports, and refers to the bad luck that occasionally befalls the second year of a rookie who has had a good first season. So it’s no accident that the second season of the Emmy-nominated HBO series, Silicon Valley opens with a shot of At&T Park, the home of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. The baseball connection is not lost on folks whose mental faculties work by allusion, as many tech people’s brains do, including my own coder’s brain. This series knows we’re thinking about potential quality decline, and addresses it immediately in its first sequence.This sly wink and a nudge from series creator Mike Judge serves as a comic, introductory set »

- Odie Henderson

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