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…

T.J. Miller is no longer a giant booger (in the Mucinex commercials)

According to IndieWire, T.J. Miller has been replaced as the voice of Mucinex’s Mr. Mucus—arguably the most beloved mascot who is also a really gross jerk who gets killed by the product he’s promoting. A spokesperson for Mucinex owner Reckitt Benckiser wouldn’t say why Miller had been removed from the prestigious…

Watch T.J. Miller correct his own Wikipedia page to say he is a ghost

Wikipedia is a grand intellectual experiment being conducted by countless people across the globe, attempting to corral the world’s information into usable articles. But crowd-sourcing is not infallible—how else would it have resulted in another Zach Braff film?—and so a new series on Facebook called Wiki What? tasks…

TJ Miller has returned to his true passion: Writing batshit Yelp reviews

Earlier this summer, TJ Miller shocked the HBO-watching, comedy-loving world by announcing his departure from Silicon Valley, the show on which he made his name as tech-industry blowhard Erlich Bachman. And while many of the trickled-out bits of news since then would imply that ballooning egos were at play, he’s also…

The Emoji Movie is Inside Out crossed with a Sony commercial and dunked in toxic ooze

Art can spring from many motivations. According to director Tony Leondis, The Emoji Movie is “personal.” Central character Gene (T.J. Miller), the inexplicably named “meh” emoji, must go on a journey of self-discovery and learn to accept himself, which chimes with Leondis’s own childhood, growing up gay in a…

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…

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Richard breaks bad on Silicon Valley, and in the process breaks everything else

In his advance review of season three, Erik Adams made the key observation that while Silicon Valley’s ensemble is its greatest strength, it smartly never gets away from keeping Richard Hendricks at the center: “This is still the story of a protagonist with a good idea, noble intentions, and ample vulnerabilities… the…

T.J. Miller might have to accept that he’s a very funny comedian

Close to halfway through Meticulously Ridiculous, T.J. Miller’s new comedy special for HBO, he does a bit composed of some oddball wordplay, and it falls a little flat. “Wish I hadn’t done that joke,” he muses, getting a bigger laugh than he did for the gag. “That’s a real litmus test for how the more absurd stuff is…

Haley Joel Osment and a cold snap are the latest disruption to Silicon Valley’s ecosystem

At this point, the failure of the Pied Piper team to achieve long-term success is as much ingrained into Silicon Valley as Charlie Brown’s inability to ever kick the football Lucy Van Pelt holds up for him. Showrunner Alec Berg admitted as much in those exact terms a Vanity Fair interview, pointing out that in the…

T.J. Miller’s on the way out the door at Silicon Valley, but Erlich Bachman’s on the rise

I’ve spent a lot of time in these reviews criticizing Silicon Valley for its inability to commit to making any major changes (and did so as recently as last week) but now it looks like real life is forcing change on the show. Last week we received the unsurprising news that HBO picked up a fifth season of the series,…