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Cornballer
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(03-31-2014, 01:58 AM)
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Silicon Valley, a Mike Judge comedy, premieres on Sunday, April 6th at 10pm on HBO. The show takes a look at startup culture in Silicon Valley and has drawn comparisons to Office Space and Party Down from critics. The initial reviews have been very good. The first season will consist of eight episodes.

Originally Posted by HBO

In the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. Mike Judge (“Office Space,” “Beavis & Butthead,” “King of the Hill”) brings his irreverent brand of humor to HBO in the new comedy series SILICON VALLEY. Partially inspired by Judge’s own experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late ‘80s, the show kicks off its eight-episode season this April.

Cast:
Thomas Middleditch as Thomas
T. J. Miller as Erlich
Zach Woods as Jared Dunn
Kumail Nanjiani as Dinesh
Martin Starr as Gilfoyle
Amanda Crew as Monica


Videos:
- Full Trailer
- Teaser trailer
- Invitation to the Set
- One more promo
- Another new promo
Links:
- HBO
- Wikipedia
- IMDB
Articles:
- THR: 'Silicon Valley's' Mike Judge and Alec Berg on Nerds, 'Entourage' Comparisons and Luring Kara Swisher (Q&A)
- EW Q&A with Mike Judge
- Flavorwire report from SXSW: Mike Judge’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Is the Next Great HBO Comedy
- Wired from SXSW: HBO’s Silicon Valley Takes Aim at Tech Culture
- The Verge: 'Silicon Valley' creator Mike Judge on why the tech world is ready for a takedown
- NY Mag interview: Mike Judge Explains His Cultural Influences

Reviews:
- Tim Goodman's review for THR

Even when you see a good joke coming, it’s often funnier than you expected. And Silicon Valley has countless moments in the first handful of episodes where sharp, satirical stabs at the holier-than-though, we’ve-inherited-the-world, POV of the real Silicon Valley are almost too close to the funny bone.

Mostly though, Silicon Valley has a strong cast that can pull off all kinds of comedy. It has tech lust – which so many of us swim in – for a starting point. And it has consistently funny writing. It’s the best, most wide-appeal show that HBO has had in ages. Now the channel will just need to find out if any of the people it will appeal to are subscribers.

- Variety review

After a string of half-hours seemingly designed for niche tastes that sporadically merit the label “comedy,” HBO has its most fully realized and potentially commercial player within that genre in some time thanks to “Silicon Valley.” Co-created by Mike Judge (with the dryness of “King of the Hill” and tone of “Office Space”), it’s a savvy look at the birthing pains of a tech startup, filled with unforced humor and a serialized plot, in which the sad-sack characters find themselves caught between feuding billionaires. Similar but superior to Amazon’s “Betas,” it’s inordinately user-friendly compared to many recent pay-cable offerings.

- Emily Nussbaum with a few thoughts on Silicon Valley in The New Yorker (bottom of the page)

At its best, the show echoes not only Judge’s cult film “Office Space” but the late, great Starz sitcom about Los Angeles, “Party Down,” another portrait of a one-industry town spiked with self-hate.

- IndieWire: Why HBO's New Series 'Silicon Valley' Is Mike Judge's Funniest Comedy Since 'Office Space'

The series, which has the potential to be HBO's most mainstream comedy in several years, presents a bitterly funny bubble in which insane amounts of money and coding talent have converged and all of the usual middlemen, sales types and public faces that used to be involved in this process have been left out. There's only Richard, trying valiantly not to die of a panic attack when negotiating for the future of his company and trying to hold onto his humanity -- and it's a process you're going to want to watch.

- Entertainment Weekly review:

As in Office Space, the heart of the show is watching Richard and his friends struggle to make sense of themselves and their purpose. They're good, weird guys you want to hang out with. A-

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Dany M
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(03-31-2014, 02:00 AM)
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Those reviews are surprisingly positive.

They really shouldn't have gone with that poster.
ReturnOfTheRAT
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(03-31-2014, 02:00 AM)
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Why not, I'll give it a shot.
INDIGO_CYCLOPS
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(03-31-2014, 02:01 AM)
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I'll always give Mike Judge a sure-fire shot. Had no clue he was doing something new. The one guy from Party Down is in it I see. And Alec freakin' Berg?! Damn.
Cornballer
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(03-31-2014, 02:01 AM)
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Originally Posted by Dany M

They really shouldn't have gone with that poster.

Yeah, I don't like the poster at all. :/ At least the show is supposed to be good!
The Culture Vulture
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(03-31-2014, 02:02 AM)
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Looks good!
andrerobot
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(03-31-2014, 02:07 AM)
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I like how the poster mentions Office Space instead of his most successful work :)
kingocfs
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(03-31-2014, 02:08 AM)
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Cast looks great
lednerg
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(03-31-2014, 02:09 AM)
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I'm fine with that poster; it conveys a lot with a little.

Anyway, thanks for the heads up. I'll definitely check this out.
Mr. F
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(03-31-2014, 02:11 AM)
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Down for anything Mike Judge. Glad the reviews are good so far!
Sapiens
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(03-31-2014, 02:11 AM)
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I love Kumail Nanjiani, so I'm there.

Everyone go listen to his latest comedy special.
Cornballer
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(03-31-2014, 02:27 AM)
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- SFGate Review: Best tech show yet

That variety of tone is another way in which "Silicon Valley" sets itself apart from most other half-hour comedies. And none of this is accidental. A hilarious show about overnight success and next-day failure in the tech world is a Silicon Valley rarity: a startup that's a sure thing.

Sanjuro
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(03-31-2014, 04:26 AM)
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Damn you, Cornballer.

Every time I see this thread bumped, I envision a early release on HBOGo.
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(03-31-2014, 04:27 AM)
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I'm in and I'm interested.
Sanjuro
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(03-31-2014, 04:28 AM)
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Damn you, Cornballer.

Every time I see this thread bumped, I envision a early release on HBOGo.

EDIT: Ah. It's the OT now.
Cornballer
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(03-31-2014, 04:30 AM)
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Originally Posted by Sanjuro

Damn you, Cornballer.

Every time I see this thread bumped, I envision a early release on HBOGo.

It'd be glorious, but I doubt we'll get a crack at it before next Sunday.

EDIT: Ah. It's the OT now.

Yes, I did a quick refresh will all of the info up top before we get started on the season.
gdt
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(03-31-2014, 04:31 AM)
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Yeah this had been looking awesome for awhile. Can't wait to check it out.
Ampersands
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(03-31-2014, 04:33 AM)
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I'm pretty excited for this show. I haven't had much comedies on my TV watch list for a while.
Bluth54
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(03-31-2014, 04:36 AM)
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I loved King of the Hill and Office Space, looking forward to checking this show out.
Aggrotek
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(03-31-2014, 04:37 AM)
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Whenever the term Silicon Valley is thrown around I automatically think of this:

Sanjuro
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(03-31-2014, 04:37 AM)
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Side note, I can't help but feel that John Oliver is getting a little shafted. Looks like half season for this (full season for Veep) until the 28th, then his show goes on.

Game of Thrones being the lead in.
RatskyWatsky
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(03-31-2014, 04:41 AM)
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Very much looking forwards to this.
Steelyuhas
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(03-31-2014, 04:46 AM)
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Really dig the premise and Judge, add the great reviews and I'm very excited.

Sunday nights on HBO this spring :o
TripOpt55
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(03-31-2014, 04:47 AM)
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Excited to check this out.
Entropia
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(03-31-2014, 05:02 AM)
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Definitely going to check this out!
A-V-B
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(03-31-2014, 05:05 AM)
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Well, I'm hyped as hell.
ZeroX03
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(03-31-2014, 05:12 AM)
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Kumail Nanjiani? I'm out. He's absolutely insufferable. Rest of the cast is solid though.
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(03-31-2014, 05:45 AM)
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So close... TV has sucked for the last few weeks, excited to be getting GoT, Veep, Mad Men, and this.
Cornballer
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(03-31-2014, 03:17 PM)
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- Matt Zoller Seitz: Silicon Valley's Version of Machismo Is Hilarious, and Feels New

HBO’s Silicon Valley captures a world you’ve rarely seen depicted with intelligence or care, populated by types that you didn’t know were types; it’s sometimes sweet but often brutal, but thanks to the keen satirical eye of its co-creator, Mike Judge (Office Space), you never feel that you’re watching unfair swipes. It’s about prospectors in what might be the last remaining gold rush, the world of tech in Northern California. That so many of the claims yield fool’s gold gives the characters’ grandiose pronouncements about their own talent a certain poignancy. Everybody on this show wants to be the next Steve Jobs, but a lot of them are lucky just to have jobs.

Cornballer
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(03-31-2014, 05:16 PM)
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Originally Posted by Poniewozik

Have seen 5 eps of Silicon Valley and am so in. The rare prestige-cable comedy that makes me laugh as hard as a good prestige-cable drama.

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billeh
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(03-31-2014, 05:28 PM)
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Inspiration for the poster?
maxcriden
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(03-31-2014, 05:29 PM)
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Any ideas on the content advisory, given this is HBO?
Grakl
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(03-31-2014, 05:34 PM)
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Originally Posted by wjblol

Inspiration for the poster?

yup, remembered this pic -- funny poster imo, I like it
FantasticMrFoxdie
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(03-31-2014, 05:35 PM)
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Good reviews? Office Space comparisons?!? I'm all in. Subbed.


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Empty
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(03-31-2014, 05:36 PM)
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Originally Posted by Cornballer

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i don't really understand this tweet. he likes it, but it's as funny as a drama?? i realize stuff like the wire has good jokes but it's not the same as a comedy like veep or curb your enthusiasm.

always happy to see martin starr get work anyway. will watch for him and because i like judge's office space.
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(03-31-2014, 05:42 PM)
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"Hahaha, you remind me of my son - he has Aspergers too."

Sold.
backflip10019
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(03-31-2014, 05:52 PM)
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Looks amazing. All the major players are extremely talented.
Cornballer
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(03-31-2014, 05:56 PM)
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Originally Posted by Empty

i don't really understand this tweet. he likes it, but it's as funny as a drama?? i realize stuff like the wire has good jokes but it's not the same as a comedy like veep or curb your enthusiasm.

Aside from Veep, HBO has been struggling to put together a good half hour comedy for awhile now, and there's been a running joke that their dramas tend to have more humor than their comedies which stray towards being dramedy in a lot of cases.
Sobriquet
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(03-31-2014, 06:00 PM)
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First I've heard of this. Can't wait! Love the poster.
Empty
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(03-31-2014, 06:01 PM)
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Originally Posted by Cornballer

Aside from Veep, HBO has been struggling to put together a good half hour comedy for awhile now, and there's been a running joke that their dramas tend to have more humor than their comedies which stray towards being dramedy in a lot of cases.

oh okay, that makes sense. i can see that from looking and enlightened, both of which are barely comedies (though i like them very much). it just sounds like a critic is being ironic and making a sick burn/damning with faint praise if you aren't in the know.
Linius
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(03-31-2014, 10:39 PM)
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I heard about this last week, I'm on board with this :D
Dany M
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(03-31-2014, 10:42 PM)
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Originally Posted by Cornballer

Aside from Veep, HBO has been struggling to put together a good half hour comedy for awhile now, and there's been a running joke that their dramas tend to have more humor than their comedies which stray towards being dramedy in a lot of cases.

I imagine this show is going to get some solid ratings considering whats before and after it.

How did veep fare last season?
Cornballer
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(03-31-2014, 10:48 PM)
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Originally Posted by Dany M

I imagine this show is going to get some solid ratings considering whats before and after it.

How did veep fare last season?

Veep numbers aren't great as far as the first run airing goes, but they were up from S1 to S2. I would imagine with the time shifting/on-demand bump it does fine. It'll be interesting to see how Silicon Valley does in the middle of that block.
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(03-31-2014, 10:55 PM)
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The trailer sold me. This looks great.
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(03-31-2014, 11:05 PM)
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Originally Posted by wjblol

Inspiration for the poster?

no wai!
Cornballer
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(04-01-2014, 12:37 AM)
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HBO is doing a free preview weekend on most carriers for Game of Thrones from April 4-7, so hopefully a few people tune in for Silicon Valley, as well.
Coppanuva
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(04-01-2014, 12:39 AM)
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Will definitely check out, looks hilarious.
Toparaman
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(04-01-2014, 01:42 AM)
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I love Mike Judge, especially Office Space. Don't have TV, but I'll check this out if it comes on Netflix.
Brian Fellows
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(04-01-2014, 02:01 AM)
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Looking forward to it.

Originally Posted by Toparaman

I love Mike Judge, especially Office Space. Don't have TV, but I'll check this out if it comes on Netflix.

It won't be coming to Netflix.

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