For close to 20 years, multi-hyphenate Mike Judge has kept the under-25 set in stitches with his takes of less-than types, read affable vulgarians Beavis and Butthead, the hysterical rednecks on Fox’s King of the Hill, as well as know-it-all bosses in Fox’s Office Space; the latter which continues to be a cult sensation 15 years after its release. This April, Judge launched his first live-action TV comedy series, HBO‘s Silicon Valley, and like Office Space, the show provides a close-up of the absurdities of corporate types, but this time it’s the billionaires and computer geniuses who rule Northern Cali’s tech world. The series follows a group of nerdy programmers comprised of Richard (Thomas Middleditch), Erlich (T.J. Miller), Gilfoyle (Martin Starr), Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) and Jared (Zach Woods) who hatch the idea for an audio-compression technology called Pied Piper, only to see it stolen by the Bill Gates-ian tech lord Gavin Belson. Much like his previous projects, Judge continues to flex his finesse for nuanced, deadpan, grounded, idiosyncratic types with Silicon Valley. Though HBO only aired eight episodes this spring, Silicon Valley is on pre-Emmy nom fire with three TV Critics’ Choice noms for best comedy series, actor (Middleditch) and supporting comedy actor (Christopher Evan Welch). Click through for interview:
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SXSW: Audience Award Winners Are Announced With ‘Cesar Chavez’, ‘Before I Disappear’ & HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Among The Faves
The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced their Audience Award-winners today including wins for Diego Luna‘s biopic Cesar Chavez in the narrative spotlight and the Emmy Rossum-starring drama Before I Disappear in the narrative feature spotlight. Also getting a crowd-pleasing boost before its April 6 HBO premiere is Mike Judge’s Silicon Valley which took the Episodic award. Last year’s winner in the narrative feature competition was Short Term 12 which was released by Cinedigm and had some awards buzz this past fall. The SXSW Jury Awards were announced on Tuesday with the Grand Jury Prize going to Fort Tilden and the The Great Invisible, Margaret Brown’s look at the oil industry’s secretive world in the wake of the Gulf Coast disaster, earning the top documentary prize. Below are a list of the SXSW Film Festival Audience Award winners:
HBO has unveiled a teaser for Silicon Valley, the Mike Judge-helmed half-hour dark comedy set in the Bay Area hotbed where future tech icons like Steve Jobs et al. got their start. T.J. Miller, Thomas Middleditch, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener, Christopher Evan Welch, and Amanda Crew star in the eight-episode serial which premieres Sunday April 6:
Mike Judge met tech billionaires before setting out to do HBO‘s comedy Silicon Valley “before the big bubble burst when everyone wanted to do animation” and discovered “there’s a sort of a billionaire vibe” and that they fall into two categories: “The Asperger-y Type and the sort of more … uber competitive.”
The dark comedy series is from King Of The Hill’s Judge, producer Scott Rudin and 3 Arts’ Michael Rotenberg and Tom Lassally. The untitled single-camera project — which HBO picked up to series in May — is set in the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. The pilot starred T.J. Miller, Thomas Middleditch, Josh Brener, Lindsey Broad, Christopher Evan Welch, Amanda Crew, Angela Trimbur, Zach Woods and Kumail Nanjiani. The pickup came two days after the series order for another HBO half-hour pilot, Michael Lannan & Andrew Haigh’s untitled San Francisco project. The Judge show joins HBO’s praised current comedies Girls and Veep.
HBO‘s flagship drama series Game Of Thrones will return for a fourth season on April 6, the network announced at the top of its TCA presentation today. It will be followed by the third-season debut of Veep at 10 PM and the series premiere of Mike Judge‘s new comedy series Silicon Valley at 10:30 PM. The following Sunday, the three series will be joined by the second season of Vice at 11 PM. HBO stressed that Season 2 will not include controversial former NBA star Dennis Rodman. And HBO Films’ The Normal Heart, an adaptation of Larry Kramer’s play directed by Ryan Murphy and starring Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer and Jim Parsons, will have its premiere in May. The first official trailer for GOT‘s upcoming season will air this Sunday on HBO, immediately before the debut of True Detective.
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EXCLUSIVE: John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, who created/executive produce recently picked up HBO comedy series Silicon Valley with King Of The Hill co-creator Mike Judge, won’t be involved with the show on a daily basis going forward. Judge will be the primary showrunner on the single-camera comedy, set in the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley. Search is under way for senior level writer(s) to join him. Altschuler and Krinsky, who first worked with Judge on King of The Hill, will remain involved with Silicon Valley while focusing their attention to Ternion, their production company with Judge, which is behind Silicon Valley as well Geena Davis’ TNT pilot, ABC’s 2009 animated series The Goode Family and the movie Extract from the same year. The two also have movie script Brigadier Gerard with Steve Carell and Jay Roach attached, which is nearing greenlight, and are writing Popeye at Sony.
EXCLUSIVE: Christopher Evan Welch, Amanda Crew, Angela Trimbur, Zach Woods and Kumail Nanjiani are set to co-star in Silicon Valley, HBO’s single-camera dark comedy pilot from the King Of The Hill trio of Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky and producer Scott Rudin. The five join previously cast T.J. Miller, Thomas Middleditch, Josh Brener and Lindsey Broad. Silicon Valley is set in the high tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. Welch will play Peter Gregory, an eccentric tech billionaire who is the most successful entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. Crew will play Monica, head of operations for Gregory who is his human touch. Smart and highly competent, by Silicon Valley standards she is downright beautiful. Trimbur will play Langdon, an unemployed publicist with a mountain of debt who has given up any hope of finding a nice rich man of her dreams in LA. Woods will play Jared, a hard-working and enthusiastic young business executive. Nanjiani will play Dinesh, a tech geek resident of Erlich’s (Miller) incubator, Hacker House. Judge, Altschuler and Krinsky executive produce with Rudin and 3 Arts’ Michael Rotenberg and Tom Lassally. Crew, repped by UTA, Play Management in Canada and attorney Neil Meyer, recently wrapped Michael Dowse’s The F-Word and will next …
EXCLUSIVE: Josh Brener (Glory Daze) and Lindsey Broad (The Office) are set to co-star in Silicon Valley, HBO’s single-camera dark comedy pilot from the King Of The Hill trio of Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky and producer Scott Rudin. They join recently cast T.J. Miller and Thomas Middleditch. Silicon Valley is set in the high tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. Brener will play Big Head, Thomas’ (Middleditch) friend and confidant. He doesn’t really have that big of a head but the grade school nickname stuck. His claim to fame is getting himself into the Hacker Hostel incubator with his App idea “Nip Alert” which tells you the location of women with erect nipples. The owner of the Hacker House (Miller) loves him. Broad will play Tandy. Attractive in a friendly, slightly sloppy way, she is a loyal friend who would never have sex with her girlfriend’s boyfriends. Although a realist about wanting to marry into a comfortable life she has a bit of the romantic in her.
Judge will direct the pilot from a script he co-wrote with Altschuler and Krinsky. The three executive produce with Rudin and 3 Arts’ Michael Rotenberg and Tom Lassally. Brener, repped by TalentWorks, will be seen in …
EXCLUSIVE: Actor-comedians T.J. Miller (Yogi Bear) and Thomas Middleditch (The Campaign) have been cast in Silicon Valley, HBO’s single-camera dark comedy pilot from King Of The Hill co-creator/executive producer Mike Judge, fellow King Of The Hill executive producers John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky and producer Scott Rudin. Silicon Valley is set in the high tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. Miller will play Erlich, the owner of the Hacker House. His intelligence is sometimes eclipsed by his imperious self-satisfaction; he is the big fish in the small pond he created and is almost totally self-unaware. Middleditch will play Thomas who is focused, idealistic, and brilliant when writing code for software, and awkward and none too confident when dealing with life. Thomas is a budding tech wizard that came from St. Louis to make it in the high tech gold rush that is Silicon Valley. Judge will direct the pilot, from a script he co-wrote with Altschuler and Krinsky. The three executive produce with Rudin and 3 Arts’ Michael Rotenberg and Tom Lassally.
Miller, repped by WME and 3 Arts, plays a lead opposite Becki Newton and Scott Foley in Fox’s midseason comedy series The Goodwin Games. The show does not have a time slot and is considered dead. I hear …