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Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 5:46PM EDT
Cinemax renews Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus for a funk-themed season
The animated series will shift from country music to funk in Season 2, with the addition of George Clinton as a consulting producer. Season 2, premiering later this year, will feature the music of Clinton, James Brown and "Bootsy" Collins.
Posted Friday 3/30/18 at 9:30PM EDT
Silicon Valley could last for many more years thanks to recent events
Mike Judge recently told The New York Times that recent changes and struggles in the tech world have led him to reassess his plan to end his HBO comedy after six seasons. “It’s taken on a second wind,” he said, adding that he could envision Silicon Valley lasting as long as Dallas (14 seasons!). Pointing to Judge's comments, Rachel Syme says recent scandals involving Facebook and Uber's self-driving cars could provide fodder for more seasons. "If anything, there has never been a better time to satirize the hubris and folly that pervades the world of tech," she says, adding: "As the real Silicon Valley gets tangled in ever more difficulties, Silicon Valley finds itself in the rare position to roast an industry just as everyone is primed for laughter and anger toward it. And with a new nimbleness in a new season, the show feels capable, perhaps for the first time, of skewering its characters, rather than being saved by d*ck jokes."
Posted Monday 3/19/18 at 5:26PM EDT
Silicon Valley to indirectly tackle the #MeToo movement
At Paleyfest, the cast and crew of the HBO series said Season 5 will directly address topics like gender equality and the tech industry's treatment of women. Kumail Nanjiani said in Season 5, “there is a plot that goes over a couple of episodes later in the season that does talk about that (#MeToo) movement, not directly, but what that movement is about is definitely tackled.” Co-star Zach Woods adds that “It’s hopefully not too on the nose, but that informs some of the plots in the middle of the season.” During the panel, the cast and crew also addressed the exit of T.J. Miller, with executive producer Alec Berg comparing it to the difficulty of redirecting the show after the death of Christopher Evan Welch following Season 1. ALSO: Mike Judge says he was taken aback by criticism that there weren't enough females.
Posted Wednesday 3/07/18 at 1:41PM EST
T.J. Miller was considered "untamable" and "almost a danger" on the Silicon Valley set
At times, the comedian showed up "seemingly under the influence, if he showed up at all," reports The Hollywood Reporter, adding that Miller would fall asleep between takes and his behavior caused schedules to be rejiggered. "There was almost a danger to having him around,” said one insider. "He was explosive, and there were moments where you'd go, 'Whoa, that's not where I thought that was going at all, but that was f*cking awesome' … but it was a trade-off." Creator Mike Judge added that "it's not fun to work with someone who doesn't want to be there." Asked to respond, Miller said: “In real life, I’m not always high like Erlich is. And this will blow your readers’ minds, but I’m not high when I work because it gets in the way of the comedy. I also am not a guy who’s blackout drunk, bumping into things on set. … What was occurring was I was out doing stand-up all the time, even if it meant I only got three hours of sleep. So, the thing I have a problem with? It’s pushing myself to do too much.” Meanwhile, the showrunner says Miller's exit gives the show a clean slate to work with, especially since "T.J. wasn't LeBron."
Posted Tuesday 11/21/17 at 9:19PM EST
King of the Hill’s Asian character Kahn Souphanousinphone stood in stark contrast to Apu from The Simpsons
While Apu has been getting grief in the new documentary The Problem with Apu, The Outline points out that Mike Judge’s Fox animated comedy got it right with Hank Hill’s Laotian immigrant neighbor. “He was a character that was confident,” says Guy Aoki, founding president of the Media Action Network for Asian Americans, which honored King of the Hill for the portrayal. “He didn't take crap. It wasn't what a lot of Asian-Americans fear, which is the wimpy Asian guy who gets taken advantage of. This guy was totally in control.” ALSO: The Problem with Apu’s Hari Kondabolu admits “I don't really care what happens to Apu.”
Posted Friday 10/06/17 at 10:24PM EDT
King of the Hill fans to gather at a Dallas bridge and yell “bwah!”
Mike Judge has given his blessing to Saturday’s event celebrating Hank Hill.
Posted Thursday 8/31/17 at 2:44AM EDT
Mike Judge’s animated Tales from the Tour Bus drops next month
Judge will serve as co-creator and narrator on the eight-episode series that chronicles “some of country music’s most eccentric characters” on the road, from Jerry Lee Lewis to Tammy Wynette.