Silicon Valley is forced outside its comfort zone as season five boots up

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As it begins its fifth season, Silicon Valley finds itself at a disadvantage for a variety of reasons. It’s coming off a fourth season that had its moments, but that was repeatedly criticized for its inability to commit to the fresher narratives it introduced. It’s satirizing an industry whose public perception in the…

Bill Hader and Alec Berg snuck into a real acting class while researching for Barry

Barry, the new HBO comedy from Bill Hader and Silicon Valley’s Alec Berg, stars Hader as the eponymous hitman who gives up a life of crime after he’s bit by the acting bug while tailing a target in Los Angeles. At the SXSW premiere of the show, we spoke with Hader and Berg about the genesis of the show, and the time…

Mike Judge spills the beans on T.J. Miller's departure from Silicon Valley

The fifth season of Silicon Valley premieres March 25, an occasion The Hollywood Reporter has marked with a lengthy check-in with the show’s cast and creators. The publication spoke with Mike Judge and Alec Berg about what lies ahead for the Pied Piper gang—a mixture of success and doom, naturally—as well as the…

Silicon Valley starts season 4 aggressively seeking the next big thing

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There’s an interesting meta component that runs through the events of “Success Failure,” the fourth season premiere of Silicon Valley. Our erstwhile hero Richard, having managed to stumble back into a position of strength, finds himself dissatisfied and constantly trying to tweak something to its detriment. After some…