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Posted Monday 11/19/18 at 6:36PM EST
Bill Gates praises HBO's Silicon Valley: "I identify most with Richard"
The Microsoft co-founder admits he met with Silicon Valley's writers and producers before last season as they kicked around ideas, but he does genuinely love the show. In his blog GatesNotes, Gates writes, "if you really want to understand how Silicon Valley works today, you should watch the HBO series Silicon Valley ... The show is a parody, so it exaggerates things, but like all great parodies it captures a lot of truths. Most of the different personality types you see in the show feel very familiar to me. The programmers are smart, super-competitive even with their friends, and a bit clueless when it comes to social cues. Personally, I identify most with Richard, the founder of Pied Piper, who is a great programmer but has to learn some hard lessons about managing people." Gates also writes that "I have friends in Silicon Valley who refuse to watch the show because they think it’s just making fun of them. I always tell them: 'You really should watch it, because they don’t make any more fun of us than we deserve.'" Gates admits, though, that he has one quibble. "I do have one minor complaint," he writes. "Silicon Valley gives you the impression that small companies like Pied Piper are mostly capable while big companies like Hooli are mostly inept. Although I’m obviously biased, my experience is that small companies can be just as inept, and the big ones have the resources to invest in deep research and take a long-term point of view that smaller ones can’t afford. But I also understand why the show focuses so much on Pied Piper and makes Hooli look so goofy. It’s more fun to root for the underdog."
Posted Wednesday 11/14/18 at 1:20PM EST
Silicon Valley production delayed: Season 6 may not premiere until 2020
The HBO comedy is now scheduled to begin production on its sixth and "possibly final" season next summer, according to TVLine. Silicon Valley executive producer Alec Berg's work as executive producer of HBO's Barry is the cause of the delay. “As Alec is a showrunner on both Barry and Silicon Valley, the schedule was structured to allow Alec to wrap on Barry before starting work on Silicon Valley," said an HBO spokesperson. TVLine notes that the decision comes amid speculation that Season 6 could be the last for Silicon Valley, although an official decision has yet to be made. The production delay will take Silicon Valley out of the Emmy race next year for the first time after being nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series each of its past five seasons.
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 10:47PM EDT
T.J. Miller was reportedly denied a chance to perform at an open mic night in Denver
Byron Graham writes that he and his fellow co-host of Denver's longest-running comedy open mic discussed whether to bar the former Silicon Valley star from performing after recently spotting him in the audience. Graham writes that they "promptly agreed that allowing an alleged perpetrator of sexual and physical violence on the stage of our beloved dive bar sanctuary ran contrary to the spirit of the scuzzy, yet safe performance space we endeavor to cultivate week after week. So we couldn't let Miller perform in good conscience, but we also couldn't figure out how to make him leave without causing an unwelcome scene." So they opted to say things on stage that would make him uncomfortable while ignoring him. He eventually left.
Posted Wednesday 8/15/18 at 7:08PM EDT
T.J. Miller says Silicon Valley alum's Alice Wetterlund's bullying allegations were a publicity stunt
Source: Page Six
Wetterlund generated headlines last month when she called the former Silicon Valley star "a bully and petulant brat" and his fellow cast members "complicit in his unprofessionalism." Miller responded today on The Jim and Sam Show, denying he ever intentionally bullied her. “She may have had that experience, but it’s … just people trying to get into the headlines,” Miller said. “It was not my experience that anyone was bullying her. Truthfully, I felt like it was difficult to work with her because she kept interrupting Zach Woods … during takes, even when she was off-camera,” Miller added. “I don’t think anyone was bullying her … but obviously there was a disconnect, because now she’s saying these things about me and about the all-male cast of Silicon Valley."
Posted Wednesday 7/18/18 at 11:21PM EDT
HBO responds to Silicon Valley alum Alice Wetterlund's tweets slamming the show as a "nightmare" with "bully" T.J. Miller
"While this is the first time we have heard Alice Wetterlund comment on her experiences on Silicon Valley, we are disappointed to learn of her concerns," HBO said in a statement. "HBO and the producers have always taken very seriously our responsibility to create a welcoming and congenial environment for everyone who works on the show.”
Posted Wednesday 7/18/18 at 1:42PM EDT
Silicon Valley alum Alice Wetterlund blames male cast members for enabling T.J. Miller, calls the show's set a "nightmare"
The actress, who played engineer Carla Walton in Seasons 2 and 3 of the HBO series, tweeted Tuesday that "Miller was a bully and petulant brat and pretty much everyone who had any power on that (almost all male) set, including the male cast members, enabled him and were complicit in his unprofessionalism. They can f*ck off forever. I’m pretty open about this, and I don’t know if other women on the show had a different experience than me, but it was kind of a nightmare."
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 12:29PM EDT
Silicon Valley's "kiss my piss," explained
"I think it was one of those things where somebody just pitched it in the room and it’s like this is a lame thing he would say, and we all laughed and put it in," executive producer Alec Berg said of Thomas Middleditch's memorable season finale scene. As for Richard's dance, Berg says: "Thomas Middleditch, for all of his verbal dexterity, gets very little credit as a physical comic. He is an unbelievable physical comedian. Every once in a while he gets to do something. There was a scene a couple years ago where he kicked a hole in the door and his foot got stuck in the door. The face-plant he did on the desk in season three was one of my favorite moments."
Posted Tuesday 5/08/18 at 1:23PM EDT
Influential tech podcast interviews Silicon Valley's Russ Hanneman
Host Kara Swisher, who has appeared on the HBO comedy, interviewed Chris Diamantopoulos in character for her Recode/Decode podcast.
Posted Friday 4/27/18 at 9:17PM EDT
Jimmy O. Yang got along with T.J. Miller, says he's enjoying being Silicon Valley's "a**hole"
"Me and him never had any problems. I would say maybe his exiting wasn’t a surprise to some, but to me it was surprising," Yang says of his former co-star. As for his character becoming more of an a**hole this season, he says: "I love it, man. Most people have that little a**hole in them but, you know, we’ve got to be functional members of society so we don’t do that. We go around the world as a nice person, but there’s always a part of us that really wants to come out. It’s great that I get to do it fictionally. It’s just so cool to see this kind of docile, small-looking guy being such a diabolical person. I think that’s what’s kind of funny about it. It’s anti-type in a way, which I loved."
Posted Monday 4/23/18 at 5:51AM EDT
Did HBO force Silicon Valley to tackle artificial intelligence on Westworld premiere night?
Source: The A.V. Club
"If it’s not an intentional plan on the part of the network suits, it’s one hell of a coincidence," says Les Chappell of Silicon Valley's episode Sunday featuring an AI robot. In reviewing last night's episode, he adds that "the network forcing this choice on Silicon Valley’s creative team would explain why the plot doesn’t land with any of the efficiency that we’ve come to expect. Artificial intelligence is absolutely a real thing in the Valley, so it’s not too much of a stretch for the show to address it in some way. But while it tiptoes towards exploring ideas of nascent consciousness shaped by the pettiness and short tempers that have come to define the show, it backs away and turns that into just another near-disaster for the team to work around."
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 1:02PM EDT
HBO renews Barry and Silicon Valley
After just three episodes, Bill Hader's hitman comedy has been picked up for a second season, while Silicon Valley will return for Season 6.
Posted Tuesday 4/10/18 at 7:15PM EDT
Read the government's full bomb threat complaint against T.J. Miller
The former Silicon Valley star hasn't spoken publicly about his arrest. He was released today on $100,000 bond.
Posted Tuesday 4/10/18 at 1:35PM EDT
T.J. Miller arrested by the FBI for fake bomb threat
Source: The Blast
The former Silicon Valley star was taken into custody at LaGuardia Airport on Monday for allegedly phoning in a false bomb threat last month on an Amtrak train, which resulted in four trains experiencing delays. Miller could face up to five years in prison.
Posted Friday 3/30/18 at 9:30PM EDT
Silicon Valley could last for many more years thanks to recent events
Source: The New Republic
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 3/26/18 at 10:29PM EDT
Silicon Valley feels like it's reached the point of diminishing returns
"It is now exhausting to watch Pied Piper repeatedly pull success out of the jaws of failure, and vice versa," says Alan Sepinwall, "and Richard has evolved into a character I strongly dislike, which makes it even harder to sit through, much less invest in, the company’s ongoing fortunes."