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…

Silicon Valley’s Zach Woods improvised most of Jared’s backstory 

At the beginning of Silicon Valley, Jared, played by Zach Woods, wasn’t too dissimilar from Richard. Both were timid and reserved, although Jared often played the optimistic yin to Richard’s pessimistic yang. But over time, Jared’s eccentricities were slowly revealed, like his sexual prowess, simmering rage, and …

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…

The Beavis And Butt-head Experience sucked, which was pretty cool

In her recent review, Gwen Ihnat argues that Mike Judge’s new Tales From The Tour Bus promises to turn country music skeptics into fans, with Judge’s animated series bridging the divide through the universal appeal of stories about celebrities getting plastered and destroying shit. If true, it certainly wouldn’t be…

If you’re not a country music fan, Mike Judge’s Tales From The Tour Bus might make you one

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Mike Judge has long established himself as a gifted storyteller, from backyard tales of King Of The Hill to the dystopian stupidity of Idiocracy to a bunch of too-smart-for-their own-good developers in Silicon Valley. But as it turns out, Judge is pretty great at telling other people’s stories as well. In his new…

Fox has had “preliminary” talks about reviving King Of The Hill

Last week, NBC bravely admitted that it would happily bring back every hit show it has ever had, even though the creators of those shows aren’t particularly interested, but it’s not the only network longing for a simpler time when ratings were higher and beloved shows could run for years and years. Speaking to 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…

Silicon Valley sets ’em up to knock ’em all down again in season 4

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The Peter principle was born in ’60s corporate America, but it’s not relegated to stuffy old workplaces—we basically see it in action every time a new series or film turns out to be a hit. Whether they’re in Hollywood or on Wall Street, executives can’t help but try to wring as much value out of any and every good…

Tim & Eric, The Kids In The Hall, King Of The Hill lead this year’s SF Sketchfest lineup

SF Sketchfest has just unleashed its massive, 17-day schedule of podcasts, stand-up shows, and live comedy events onto the world. Normally, we’d spend some time up top here talking about how the festival—scheduled for January 12 through January 29, 2017—is one of America’s longest-running and biggest comedy festivals,…

Idiocracy is returning to theaters just in time for the live version

When Idiocracy was released in 2006, it didn’t make much of an impact upon the world. In fact, most people didn’t even know it existed. 20th Century Fox had a contractual obligation to release Mike Judge’s follow-up to Office Space, but they pretty much just tucked it away. After being sat on for more than a year, it…

Fox killed the Idiocracy writers’ anti-Trump ads after all

Earlier this summer, we reported that Idiocracy collaborators Etan Cohen and Mike Judge were teaming up to make a series of apt “President Camacho”-themed anti-Trump ads. All they needed was the go ahead from 20th Century Fox, which owns the rights to the disturbingly prescient comedy from 2006. As it turns out, they…

Mike Judge has been talking about a live-action Beavis And Butt-Head

Mike Judge has spent his career bouncing between animation—King Of The Hill, Beavis And Butt-Head—and live-action—Idiocracy, Office Space, Silicon Valley—with a tenacity and success rate rarely matched in Hollywood. Outside of his early Office Space shorts, though, Judge doesn’t usually blend his preferred mediums.…

On Silicon Valley, victory and defeat keep snatching from each others’ jaws

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One of the best things about watching Pied Piper’s journey through all its ups and downs is that there’s no one path to success for the company and its founders. It grew out of a mix of dumb luck and raw intellect, and since then has climbed to its current position by adding to the mix various measures of…