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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?
"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
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
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."
Posted Monday 3/26/18 at 2:46PM EDT
Silicon Valley's new opening turns the Facebook logo into Russian
During the opening credits, Facebook's logo flips from English to Russian in a nod to the social media company's recent problems.
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 9:54PM EDT
Silicon Valley proves it can survive without T.J. Miller
The HBO comedy hasn't missed a step in its Season 5 return, its first without Erlich Bachman. "The show acknowledges the absence of the frequently stoned, overconfident Erlich — who was last seen in a Tibetan opium den in the season-four finale — and makes it central to a running story line that becomes more significant as the season progresses," says Jen Chaney. "But just as it has in previous seasons, the primary focus remains on the mistakes and mishaps that stymie the Pied Piper team as they embark on their latest, daunting venture: building a new, decentralized internet that puts control and privacy back in the hands of consumers. With all the recent news about Facebook, this idea resonates even more than it did last season."
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 2/20/18 at 9:05PM EST
Silicon Valley's first trailer of the post-T.J. Miller era contains a secret message
The HBO comedy has dropped a two-minute Season 5 official trailer, featuring an image of binary numbers that, when translated, offers would could be described as "the hidden meaning of the entire series."
Posted Thursday 2/08/18 at 1:41PM EST
Thomas Middleditch won’t directly comment on former Silicon Valley co-star T.J. Miller’s sexual misconduct scandal, but…
“I think that’s the tricky thing with all this stuff,” Middleditch said in an interview with The A.V. Club. “Speaking as a guy, as a man, as a male human, it’s kind of scary, with this fervor that’s surrounding it, where an allegation can just pop up and then it’s really incumbent upon you to fervently defend your character. I’m not gonna dive into what’s real or not. I’m just saying it’s a little bit scary.” He adds: “I mean, I thought the whole Aziz Ansari thing was kind of absurd. Like, there’s a difference between assault and just kind of strange sex.” As for Miller's decision to leave the HBO comedy, Middleditch says: “No one wants to be either on a show that they’re kind of ready to move on from, or around someone who’s on a show that they are ready to move on from."