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The Emmy race for Outstanding Comedy Series comes down to Atlanta and Veep 

The A.V. Club is counting down the days leading up to the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 17, with an examination of this year’s major categories. Each day, TV editor Erik Adams is breaking down a category and giving us his picks for who should win, and who will win. Today we’re looking at the nominees…

Thomas Middleditch and Patrick Stewart won’t stop insulting each other on Instagram

The last two people you might expect to be involved in a social media flame war would be esteemed Shakespearean actor Patrick Stewart and star of HBO’s Silicon Valley Thomas Middleditch. And yet, here we are. For the past week, the two have been going at it on Instagram, mocking each other in short, filter-heavy…

The 22 best minor characters on TV right now

To the protagonists go the TV spoils: The spotlight scenes, the attention of award-giving bodies, the premium paychecks. And while a well-realized main character might hook you in to a TV show, that show isn’t worth sticking with unless its world is also populated by equally well-realized characters who support,…

The best TV of 2017 so far

From a business prospective, the forecast for TV in 2017 isn’t the brightest: While ratings continue to erode for the broadcast networks, several cable outlets that joined the original-programming gold rush are now backing out, with cash-flush digital competitors like Facebook and Snap poised to stake those abandoned…

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The Silicon Valley credits sequence houses an absurd number of tiny jokes

HBO’s Silicon Valley just wrapped up its fourth season last night, concluding yet another chapter in the ongoing humiliation and revitalization of young programmer Richard Hendricks. Throughout its run, however, there’s been another story being told in the show’s kaleidoscopic opening credits, one that offers a bigger…

A funny if scattered season of Silicon Valley comes to a funny if scattered end

Ever since Vikram Murthi filled in for me a few weeks ago, I’ve been chewing on a statement he made in his review, that this year Silicon Valley “excelled by shifting its focus towards episodic narratives over a strong seasonal arc.” It’s an observation I agree with, though instead of using it to praise the comedy I’m…

Here’s the Wu-Tang Clan’s new song from the Silicon Valley soundtrack

Pitchfork reports that the Wu-Tang Clan has just released a new song, produced by RZA, and featuring lines from Method Man, Raekwon, and Inspectah Deck. Luckily, you don’t have to be a millionaire sociopath to listen to “Don’t Stop”; it’ll be available on the upcoming soundtrack album for HBO’s Silicon Valley, and is…