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EMMYS: Mike Judge On How Viacom-Paramount Merger Influenced ‘Silicon Valley’ & ‘Office Space’s Impact On TGI Fridays

By | Saturday June 14, 2014 @ 3:45pm PDT

Mike Judge Silicon Valley interviewFor 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: Read More »

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AMC’s ‘Halt And Catch Fire’ Attracts 1.2 Million To Network Opening

By | Monday June 2, 2014 @ 1:53pm PDT

halt and catch fireAMC made the kickoff telecast numbers on new series Halt And Catch Fire extra super meaningless by making it available for two weeks prior in a sneak preview on AMC.com, Tumblr, TV provider VOD and TV Everywhere. Even so, the premiere of the computing-boom series logged an average of 1.2 million viewers at 10 PM Sunday, including 433,000 demo viewers and 464,000 adults 25-54. That is little more than half the audience AMC’s crunchy-gravel drama Turn logged at 9 PM in its early-April premiere, on a very competitive Sunday night that included HBO’s Game Of Thrones season opener, CBS’ Academy Of Country Music Awards and, yes, WrestleMania 30 on amclogo4__140305172543-275x125__140516202144pay-per-view. With its repeat viewing at 10:30 PM, that crowd grew to a cumed 3 million viewers. Among the premiere telecast’s 2.1 mil were 669,000 demo viewers; with the 10:30 PM repeat factored in, that stat grows to 1.1 million. As a lead-in to Halt last night, Turn at 9 PM snagged 1.2 million as well, including 369,000 demo viewers and 395,000 adults 25-54. Read More »

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Ties Series High, ‘Veep’ Hits High, ‘Silicon Valley’, ‘John Oliver’ Remain Strong

By | Monday May 19, 2014 @ 12:30pm PDT

HBO__130417192016-200x200HBO’s Game Of Thrones tied its series high Sunday night, drawing 7.2 million viewers at 9 PM and 8.5 million for the night. The 8.5 million number is slightly lower than its May 4 record of 8.6 million. Veep drew 1.1 million viewers at 10:30 PM, its third consecutive season high. Combined with its second play, the Julia Louis-Dreyfus starrer tallied 1.5 million viewers for the night. Silicon Valley was down slightly from its season-best performance two weeks ago, but still strong, drawing 1.7 million viewers at 10 PM, vs. 1.8 million May 4. Combined with its second play, the series totaled 2 million viewers for the night. Last Week With John Oliver delivered over 1 million viewers at 11 PM. For the night, the episode attracted 1.3 million viewers.

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Draws 7.2 Million Viewers On Sunday, ‘Silicon Valley’ & ‘Veep’ Hit Highs

By | Tuesday May 6, 2014 @ 7:46am PDT

HBO‘s Game Of Thrones hit another serieshbo45 high on Sunday drawing 7.2 million viewers at 9 PM and 8.6 million viewers for the night. Season-to-date, GoT is averaging 17.8 million viewers per episode. up +24% compared to 14.4 million last season. Meanwhile, Silicon Valley averaged 1.8 million viewers at 10 PM, its best performance since its debut. Combined with its second replay, Silicon Valley delivered 2.1 million viewers for the night. Season-to-date, the series is averaging 5.4 million viewers per episode. Veep tallied a season-high of 1 million viewers at 10:30 PM. Combined with its second replay, the series drew 1.4 million viewers. Season-to-date, Veep is averaging 4.5 million viewers per episode, up 17% compared to last season’s average of 3.9 million viewers, and making it the most watched season for the series.

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HBO Renews ‘Veep’ And ‘Silicon Valley’

By | Monday April 21, 2014 @ 11:45am PDT

veep seaosn 4 debutThe two orders follow HBO‘s recent two-season pickup on Game Of Thrones. The news also follows the series’ second-week numbers coming in. Sunday’s Silicon Valley at 10 PM averaged 1.6 million viewers, after the previous Sunday’s premiere debuted with 2 million viewers. For the night, the Mike Judge series achieved a gross audience of 2.1 million viewers.  At 10:30 siliconvalley04PM, Veep delivered 775,000 viewers and a gross audience of 1.3 million viewers; last week Veep returned for a third season with 955,000 viewers, which was down 20% from the 1.2 million who tuned in to the show’s Season 2 debut on April 14 last year.  The two comedies’ second telecasts of the season followed Game Of Thrones‘ third episode, which averaged 6.6 million viewers at 9 PM last night, just shy of the season high. Another 1.6 million watched across two replays bringing the night’s tally to 8.2 million viewers.

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Draws 6.3 Million Viewers To Shocker; ‘Silicon Valley’ & ‘Veep’ Steady

By | Monday April 14, 2014 @ 12:05pm PDT

hbo45__130924185923-275x112HBO‘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, Game-of-Thrones__140319040101-275x407added 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.

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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. It bowed last week with an average of 2 million viewers, the best debut HBO for a half-hour at the network since 2.8 million watched the Hung premiere in 2009.  Veep starring Julia Louis-Drefus followed at 10:30 last night also with its second episode, drawing 860,000 … Read More »

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 4 Premiere Hits New High, ‘Silicon Valley’ Debuts Strong, ‘Veep’ Returns Down

By | Monday April 7, 2014 @ 12:17pm PDT

game of thrones season 4 debut 2With 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’

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SXSW: Audience Award Winners Are Announced With ‘Cesar Chavez’, ‘Before I Disappear’ & HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Among The Faves

By | Saturday March 15, 2014 @ 11:01am PDT

SXSW 2014The 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: Read More »

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Hot Teaser: HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’

By | Saturday February 8, 2014 @ 5:00pm PST

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:

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TCA: Mike Judge Pokes Fun At “Billionaire Vibe” In HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 4:32pm PST

TCADeadline__140109155905__140109183154Mike 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.”

Mike Judge and Alan BergThe 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.

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TCA: HBO Sets Season 4 Premiere Date For ‘Game Of Thrones’, Slots ‘The Normal Heart’

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 3:12pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

gameofthronesHBO‘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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‘Silicon Valley’ Co-Creators John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky Step Back From Day-To-Day Involvement On HBO Series

By | Friday June 7, 2013 @ 11:33pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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.

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Quintet Cast In HBO Pilot ‘Silicon Valley’

By | Friday February 8, 2013 @ 4:20pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

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 … Read More »

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Josh Brener & Lindsey Broad Cast In Mike Judge’s HBO Comedy Pilot ‘Silicon Valley’

By | Friday February 1, 2013 @ 7:06pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

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 … Read More »

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T.J. Miller, Thomas Middleditch Cast In Mike Judge’s HBO Comedy Pilot ‘Silicon Valley’

By | Wednesday January 30, 2013 @ 11:59am PST
Nellie Andreeva

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 … Read More »

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