Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky teamed up as Executive Producers to bring us the wildly successful animated comedy 'King of the Hill' for a whopping 259 episodes. If you were a network suit and those same guys approached you with a new comedy idea, what would you say?
If you're HBO, the answer is "Greenlight!"
HBO has picked up 'Silicon Valley,' a single-camera format dark comedy written and produced by Judge, Altschuler and Krinsky. The trio wrote the pilot for 'Silicon Valley' as well, which is set in the high tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success.
Judge will personally direct the pilot (having previously directed features like 'Idiocracy' and 'Extract'), which is scheduled to film in the springtime. The same trio of Judge, Altschuler and Krinsky teamed up post-'King of the Hill' to revive 'Beavis & Butthead;' this is the first time they have collaborated on a live-action project. Judge, without the other two, has worked on such massive live-action hits as 'Office Space,' which he wrote and directed.
HBO seems primed to take over a large chunk of the comedy marketplace. 'Silicon Valley' joins other greenlit pilots at the network including 'Hello Ladies' about a gawky Englishman looking for love in Los Angeles, along with Christopher Guest's upcoming series 'Family Tree,' which bypassed the pilot stage entirely and was ordered as a series.