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With Mike Judge’s Silicon Valley premiering on HBO to rave reviews, it’s the perfect time to celebrate his past work: Beavis and Butt-Head, King of the Hill, Idiocracy, and the most quotable of them all: 1999’s Office Space. Then why not celebrate with a Quote Quiz? The game works Hangman-style: You type in letters to fill in the quote that goes with the picture, but if you get more than three letters wrong, you lose that question. (If you're stuck, click for a hint on the upper-right-hand corner of each picture.) When you’re all done, make sure to share your score in your latest Tps report. I’m gonna need that by 5 p.m. On your mark, get set, quote! »
- Lindsey Weber,Sarah Ruddy
HBO‘s Game Of Thrones on Sunday drew 6.3 million viewers at 9 Pm, a 48% gain in comparison to last season’s second episode. Last night’s installment, which features yet another shock surprise (we won’t tell you about that in this post — but you can read about it here) that the series is becoming known for, added another 1.7 million across a pair replays later in the night, bringing the viewer tally to 8 million viewers. Those totals are steady with last week’s Season 4 premiere, which garnered a record-breaking 6.6 million viewers – not only was the most watched GoT episode ever but the second-best result HBO has seen since the 11.9 million who watched the series finale of The Sopranos in 2007. Related: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Director Talks Shocking Episode, Teases Season 4 Finale In its second week, the Mike Judge comedy Silicon Valley last night averaged 1.7 million viewers at 10 Pm and 2.2. million viewers including replays. »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
While "Silicon Valley" has been pilloried for whiffing the ball when it comes to current techie misbehavior in Palo Alto, I suspect that was never really a hard target for co-creator Mike Judge and company. A lot has been made of the fact Judge worked in Silicon Valley 25 years ago, but, other than using the setting as a backdrop for a few inside jokes, the show pretty clearly has a broader aim. There's certainly a laser-sharp parody of Silicon Valley to be made, but this isn't it -- and, I think, doesn't want to be anyway. If anything, "Silicon Valley" could be a useful primer for any fledgling entrepreneur, whether he or she has created the latest app or a new take on the household sponge. This week's lessons? Don't expect everyone to play nice when you're handing out points that could someday be worth millions or nothing at all. »
- Liane Bonin Starr
In a Gold Derby exclusive, premium network HBO has provided their Emmy Awards campaign for 2014 with category placements. One of the shockers in recent weeks was the news that "True Detective" would be competing as Best Drama Series. It only aired eight episodes earlier this year and will have a completely new cast and storyline next time, so many expected it to follow the anthology path of "American Horror Story" as a miniseries. Stars Matthew McConaughey, reigning Oscar winner for "Dallas Buyers Club," and Woody Harrelson, a past Emmy champ for his supporting work on "Cheers," are competing against each other as leading actors. -Break- It's Emmy war as 'True Detective' battles for Best Drama Series That is the only newcomer on the dramatic side. HBO's hottest new comedy might be "Silicon Valley" from creator Mike Judge ("Office Space," "King of the Hill" »
Mike Judge may have made his name with two of the "coolest" dudes ever with "Beavis and Butt-head," but he's found his nadir by celebrating nerdity in all its many forms. Now, Judge is back with HBO's "Silicon Valley." Starring Thomas Middleditch as Richard Hendrix, a socially awkward programmer who accidentally creates an algorithm that could change the world, the show finds Judge back in his satirical comfort zone: skewering the power brokers and nerds ...
By Alex Zalben »
HBO’s Silicon Valley wants to get the details right. The show, already described as the tech world's version of Entourage, has garnered early praise for its depiction of tech culture. And technical advisor and associate producer Jonathan Dotan, who also worked on Entourage, took painstaking measures to ensure authenticity. "We wanted to be sure that if a fan would freeze-frame the screen that anything they would see on there would be accurate," he tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I don’t think that people were doing that with Entourage." To create a realistic version of Bay Area culture, creator Mike Judge and executive producer Alec
- Bryn Elise Sandberg
Last night, HBO premiered Mike Judge's new series Silicon Valley, and I'm pretty sure it's the best show for and about nerds ever made. Forget The Big Bang Theory, forget Head of the Class, forget Freaks and Geeks and forget even The It Crowd. Silicon Valley is a hilarious look at young guys working in the titular hub of the tech world, and much of its humor comes from jokes that only true nerds can appreciate. In recognition of that series, I thought it'd be interesting to consider its movie equivalent. Nerds have been a staple of cinema for decades but for the most part in stereotypical form. Revenge of the Nerds is certainly the most obvious title in that regard, though the 1980s were full of the conventional glasses-and-pocket-protector variety. Most...
- Christopher Campbell
HBO will let all Microsoft Xbox users watch the first episode of “Game of Thrones” season four — on track to become the most-pirated TV episode ever — for free starting Tuesday.
The episode will be available on Microsoft Xbox 360 and Xbox One from April 8-14, in a sampling strategy designed to drive non-hbo subscribers to sign up for the service.
See Also: ‘Game of Thrones’ Piracy for Season 4 Premiere Reaches Record Levels
In addition to Xbox, the episode of HBO’s hit fantasy series is available to pay-tv subscribers on the websites and free on-demand platforms of multiple cable and satellite providers during the sampling period. All episodes from previous seasons of “Game of Thrones” are currently available on HBO Go — which suffered an outage when the season-four premiere became available on Sunday night.
On TV, the “GoT” season-four premiere garnered 6.6 million viewers, according to Nielsen estimates, up 50% from the season-three »
- Todd Spangler
With swords in hand and palace intrigue in the shadows, HBO’s Game Of Thrones was back for its fourth season last night with a record-breaking 6.6 million viewers. That’s up 52% over the 4.4 million who tuned in for the Season 3 debut on March 31, 2013 – no wonder GoT crashed HBO Go last night. Sunday’s viewership result is not only the most watched GoT episode ever but is the second-best result HBO has seen since the 11.9 million who watched the series finale of The Sopranos back in 2007. The Season 4 opener also soared 23% up from the 5.4 million viewers the Season 3 finale drew on June 9. Until last night, the most-watched GoT episode ever was the May 5, 2013, airing that pulled in an audience of 5.5 million. With two more plays last night, GoT had a gross audience of 8.2 million on Sunday. Related: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Gets “Welcome Back” From ‘House Of Cards’ With GoT as a lead-in, »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” returned in a big way Sunday, soaring to a series record and drawing some of the premium cabler’s best numbers in years.
The HBO series produces just 10 episodes a year, so each one is a precious gem to its fans. After waiting more than nine months for a fresh hour, roughly 6.6 million of them showed up for its fourth-season premiere, according to Nielsen estimates — up 50% from its year-ago opener (4.37 million) and triple the 2.2 million who watched the show’s inaugural telecast in April 2011.
It was also 22% more than the audience for the show’s third-season finale last June (5.39 million).
This is the largest audience for any HBO program since the finale of “The Sopranos,” which drew 11.9 million in 2007. The highest in recent years had been 5.53 million for “True Blood” in August 2011.
The previous high for “Thrones” was 5.5 million for an episode in the middle of last season. »
- Rick Kissell
All hail HBO’s Game of Thrones. The fourth-season premiere of the fantasy delivered the show’s biggest audience yet: 6.6 million viewers. That makes Sunday’s Thrones HBO’s most-watched program since The Sopranos’ series finale in 2007. Two replays of the Thrones episode drove the show’s full-night tally up to 8.2 million viewers.
By comparison, season 3 opened to 4.4 million viewers and eventually peaked at 5.5 million for the sixth episode (no, the Red Wedding was not a record high, and nor was the finale, which delivered 5.4 million).
Last season Thrones averaged 14.4 million viewers per episode including DVR and streaming, second only »
- James Hibberd
Though last night’s big HBO premiere was the solid season four opener for Game of Thrones, the episode was followed by two other excellent debuts: the series premiere of Silicon Valley and the season three premiere of the fantastic Veep. The former comes from creator Mike Judge (Office Space), and fresh off the highly positive response to the pilot, HBO has now made the full episode available online for free. The comedy is Judge’s take on the modern tech world, revolving around a computer programmer who tries to build a Silicon Valley start-up with his roommates. Judge’s encapsulation of the ego-fueled and hypocritical nature of today’s tech world is spot-on and hilarious, showing shades of his excellent 2006 satirical feature Idiocracy, and the ensemble cast is on-point and works extremely well together. I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of the season. Hit the jump to watch the full, »
- Adam Chitwood
Twas a big a night for HBO. On Sunday, Season Four of "Game of Thrones" kicked off, allegedly crashing streaming service HBO Go, "Veep" returned in the form of Season Three and Mike Judge's tech comedy "Silicon Valley" series-premiered. But if you're not an HBO Go subscriber, or you can't remember that friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend's username and password, fear not. HBO has made the first episode of "Silicon Valley" available to watch on YouTube. Check it out, below. Here's our review of the series. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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 »
Feature Louisa Mellor 7 Apr 2014 - 17:45
Farewell the cigar-chomping Hollywood exec and his wheatgrass-juicing starlet, satire’s moved about 300 miles up the Californian coastline. Silicon Valley, with its herds of would-be Zuckerbergs, philanthropic billionaire bosses and trendy campus workplaces, is the new target.
Mike Judge, whose 1999 film Office Space established his antipathy for corporate culture, is back sending up the tech industry’s nauseating self-satisfaction and sticking up for the little guy. This time the little guy is Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch), a low-rung employee at Hooli - Silicon Valley’s caricature of Google - whose side project is discovered to contain a “game-changing” compression algorithm that puts him at the centre of a panic attack-inducing bidding war.
Should Richard take the millions he’s offered by Hooli’s vainglorious CEO, »
Mike Judge’s fresh out of the box HBO series, Silicon Valley, has only aired a single episode on the premium channel, but the comedy show has already surpassed last year’s star-studded feature outing, The Internship, in nearly every way possible. If you’ve forgotten the 2013 summer comedy, well, good for you, but the first episode of Silicon Valley will likely jog some memories loose for you – especially when main characters Richard (Thomas Middleditch) and Big Head (Josh Brener) head off to work at a sparkly, cultish campus that looks a whole hell of a lot like Google. Shawn Levy’s film centered on a pair of recently laid off old school sale dudes – Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, a reunion that basically served as the film’s only real attraction – who snag internships at Google (and, yes, actual Google, which feels like it just bankrolled the entire production) and attempt to reinvent themselves at the »
- Kate Erbland
Mike Judge’s new HBO comedy Silicon Valley premiered last night. But just in case you didn’t get a chance to watch it — possibly thanks to HBO Go crashing once again – the entire episode is now available on YouTube.
The show, created by Office Space’s Judge, stars Thomas Middleditch as a sad sack programmer whose music app — and its technical guts — suddenly becomes the tech community’s hottest commodity. It also features several familiar faces, including Party Down’s Martin Starr, The Goodwin Games’s T.J. Miller, and The Office’s Zach Woods. (There’s also Canadian actress Amanda Crew, »
- Ariana Bacle
HBO subscriptions are expensive, and not all of us have Facebook or Google money. But as long as you’ve got an Internet connection, you can check out the full first episode of HBO’s Silicon Valley for free. Created by Mike Judge, the half-hour comedy centers around a group of Bay Area techies who want to […]
The post HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Premiere Is Streaming Online for Free appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
In case you're one of the unfortunate souls out there who doesn't have a friend with HBO, or if your "friend" isn't generous enough to give you his or her password to watch shows via HBOgo, it's okay. HBO will be your friend. The premium cable network made its latest comedy, "Silicon Valley," available for free online Monday morning after Mike Judge's take on the west coast tech bubble premiered Sunday night. Read Indiewire's review of the half-hour, single-camera comedy and then judge (pun intended) for yourself with the full episode below -- but kiddies be warned: it's TV-ma.
- Ben Travers
In case you're one of the unfortunate souls out there who doesn't have a friend with HBO, or if your "friend" isn't generous enough to give you his or her password to watch shows via HBOgo, it's okay. HBO will be your friend. The premium cable network made its latest comedy, "Silicon Valley," available for free online Monday morning after Mike Judge's take on the west coast tech bubble premiered Sunday night. Read Indiewire's review of the half-hour, single-camera comedy and then judge (pun intended) for yourself with the full episode below -- but kiddies be warned: it's TV-ma. »
- Ben Travers
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