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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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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? »
“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
” ‘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
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
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
"We're really excited to be in business with you guys!" says Silicon Valley's hero Richard (Thomas Middleditch), the founder of the now struggling compression startup Pied Piper. It would be a lot more elating if he didn't have to say it over and over, less as a confirmation than a desperate wish. The second season of Mike Judge's HBO tech sitcom starts on a moment of triumph, with Richard and his friends/employees/housemates being courted on a baseball diamond by a venture capital firm that wants to buy their company and monetize their creation. "If you can't enjoy this many people kissing your ass at this level, there must be something wrong with you," says Richard's partner Erlich (T.J. Miller). But Richard has good reason for feeling discomfort. There's a reason why none of the gang's success feels real: so far, it's really not.Season two of »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
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
“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
While HBO is known to many for hour-long dramas such as Game of Thrones and True Detective, the channel has also developed a number of half-hour comedies over the years, most notably the Mike Judge technology comedy Silicon Valley and the Armando Iannucci political satire Veep. They have also, over the years, been known to draw in high-profile performers to star in their shows, two traits that once again show up in their upcoming half-hour show The Brink.
The series is created by Weeds and Ally McBeal writer Roberto Benabib in conjunction with his brother Kim Benabib, a newcomer to the television landscape. The Brink stars Tim Robbins, Jack Black, Aasif Mandvi, and Pablo Schreiber, and the show’s synopsis is as follows.
Top U.S. government and military scramble to prevent World War 3 from happening amidst the chaos of a geopolitical crisis.
HBO’s detailed description about the series is as follows. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Last year, the largely un-hyped HBO comedy Silicon Valley, from creator Mike Judge, became one of the biggest surprises of the year. The show is masterful in its balance of both high and lowbrow comedy. The most beautiful culmination of these two elements came in the first season's final episode, which was -- to borrow one of the series' favorite phrases to utter with dripping satire -- a synergistic marriage of tech speak and the world's most elaborate dick joke. Beneath its vulgar utterances and zeitgeist references, Silicon Valley is a deeply perceptive satire about tech culture. In that way, it's similar to its timeslot companion Veep, which also highlights and satirizes its subject (DC politics) through some of the foulest language imaginable (and yet, wonderfully so). [caption id="attachment_441827" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via HBO[/caption] At the end of Silicon Valley's first season, the men of Pied Piper won the TechCrunch Disrupt competition, »
- Allison Keene
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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