HBO has seen the latest comedy pilot from Mike Judge and they like what they see: 'Silicon Valley' has been picked up to series at the network.
Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky--who all worked together on Judge's animated smash hit series 'King of the Hill'--got the team together again to write and produce a dark comedy set in the world of IT professionals. The untitled single-camera project 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 is famous for creating the animated series 'Beavis & Butt-Head' as well as the long-living hit 'King of the Hill,' however he's also the man behind the hit feature films 'Office Space,' 'Idiocracy' and 'Extract.'
The pilot for 'Silicon Valley' starred T. J. Miller, an improvisation comedian known for his work on 'Gravity Falls' and 'Dragons: Riders of Berk.' Miller is also offering his voice as his 'Dragons: Riders of Berk' character in the upcoming 'How to Train Your Dragon 2.' Joining Miller is Thomas Middleditch, Josh Brener, Lindsey Broad, Christopher Evan Welch, Amanda Crew, Angela Trimbur, Zach Woods and Kumail Nanjiani--some recognizable names, some fresh faces. It seems very likely that 'Silicon Valley' will serve to launch a few of these careers into the next echelon.
HBO is currently rocking when it comes to comedies, with 'Girls' and 'Veep' both receiving commercial and critical success. 'Silicon Valley' joins these shows, along with another half-hour comedy being picked up by the network: an untitled San Francisco project from Michael Lannan and Andrew Haigh.