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Review: 'Silicon Valley' Season 1 Boots Up Unique Premise, But Comedy Is Still Loading

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 2, 2014 10:05 AM
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Silicon Valley
Earlier this spring in our preview of the first season of HBO's "Silicon Valley," we wrote that "Office Space" mastermind Mike Judge had "booted up something with a lot of promise, but it's success will be determined on how the latter half of the season lands." And indeed, the tech world comedy has had a wobbly ride to the finale, but the good news is "Optimal Tip-To-Tip Efficiency" closed out the eight-episode season one with arguably its best entry. The bad news is that while the show has been quickly renewed, the longevity will require Judge and co. balancing their ambitions for realistically skewering the industry and the tendency to indulge in broader gags on which entire subplots hang. Essentially, the more pointed the satire, the better "Silicon Valley" becomes, but whenever it strays from those intentions, the thin framework of the show is clearly seen.

Watch: First Full Episode Of HBO’s 'Silicon Valley' Plus Review Of Mike Judge's Tech World Comedy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 7, 2014 10:08 AM
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Silicon Valley
Over the course of his career, Mike Judge has always been a keen observer of the absurd, mundane minutiae of the work world. Of course, "Office Space" is his crowing achievement, pitch perfectly capturing the soul crushing ennui of working 9 to 5. Judge returned to the well with "Extract," something a bit more screwball, less focused and as a result, less satisfying. And while Strickland Propane of "King Of The Hill" was another opportunity to skewer working life, it was more of an added texture to the All American Hank Hill than a particular point for parody. However, "Silicon Valley" returns Judge full throttle to the arena of clock-punching, management and ambition, with the tech world setting providing a fresh twist, but with results decidedly mixed across the first five episodes sent to press.

2014 SXSW Audience Award Winners Include 'Cesar Chavez,' 'True Detective,' 'Silicon Valley' & More

True Detective
Film fans are now making their way from Austin and another year at the SXSW Film Festival, with bbq stains in unexpected places and flickering images still dancing in their head. And after the juries weighed in last week with the best of the fest, now regular audiences have noted on what was worth paying attention to this year in Texas. Read More »

Watch: New Teasers For HBO Comedies 'Veep' & 'Silicon Valley'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 9, 2014 9:04 PM
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Silicon Valley
"We're taking shots, but at the same time we're respectful. I don't think we're sneering at Silicon Valley," executive producer Alec Berg told THR about this upcoming HBO comedy. "It would be the same thing if you were doing something about show business: There are certain aspects of it that are great and people who genuinely care about what they're doing and honestly believe in the products they're making and aren't just money-grubbing scumbags—and then there are outsize personalities who are parodies as human beings and aspects that are ripe for satire."

The 15 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2014 SXSW Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 6, 2014 1:01 PM
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SXSW 2014 line-up
No rest for the wicked: we've barely gotten over our Oscar-night hangovers, and yet already the next major event of the movie calendar is upon us. After a few quiet weeks on the film festival circuit, Friday sees the kick off of Austin's all-encompassing, multi-platform mega-party SXSW Film Festival, which kicks off this evening with Jon Favreau's "Chef" and runs until March 15th.

Watch: Find Out Why Steve Jobs Was A Poseur In New Trailer For HBO's 'Silicon Valley'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2014 12:31 PM
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Silicon Valley
Earlier today it was revealed that producer Scott Rudin was bringing the nerd battle between Sega and Nintendo to the big screen with "Console Wars," roping in Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to write and direct. If you want your fill of nerds and technology a little bit quicker, Rudin and HBO have a fix on the way with "Silicon Valley," but the most important name behind it is this one: Mike Judge.

Watch: First Teaser For 'Office Space' Creator Mike Judge's New HBO Comedy Series 'Silicon Valley'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 8, 2014 12:38 PM
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Silicon Valley
Mike Judge is going back to work. The brains behind one of the best workplace comedies of all time, "Office Space," is once again returning to the well of punching the clock, this time with a modern age twist, with HBO's "Silicon Valley." And yes, as one of our 20 Most Anticipated TV Shows Of 2014, we're very excited for this one.

2014 SXSW Film Festival Adds 'Boyhood,' 'Frank,' 'Joe,' Wes Anderson Q&A, Promising TV Lineup & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2014 3:00 PM
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SXSW 2014 line-up
It’s always a tough act to follow-up the Sundance Film Festival each year when it comes to the world of independent cinema, but the SXSW Film Festival generally does a good job of mixing the high and low, the populist with the brainy, and the docs with the midnight madness section. Generally a more relaxed festival aiming for a good time, the Austin-based fiesta has already announced some of its heavy hitting premieres—the “Veronica Mars” movie and Jon Favreau’s “Chef”—and now they’ve unveiled their main line-up.

'Boardwalk Empire's' Fifth Season Will Be Its Last; ‘Game Of Thrones’ Returns April 6

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 9, 2014 6:35 PM
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Boardwalk Empire, Season 4, Farewell Daddy
Was he playing it close to the vest, did slow ratings just catch up with the show, or did creative discussions yield a different approach? I interviewed “Boardwalk Empire” creator/head writer Terence Winter at the end of the fourth season late last year, and when I asked him if there was an end in sight for the show, he was fairly adamant that there were no plans to conclude the drama any time soon.

The 20 Most Anticipated TV Shows Of 2014

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 9, 2014 3:08 PM
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20 Most Anticipated TV Shows Of 2014
Somehow, we're still getting think pieces on whether or not the movies are superior from TV, presumably from writers who haven't yet worked out that you're allowed to watch both. Ultimately, the movies can scratch itches that TV can't, and vice versa, and the two mediums can quite happily co-exist, even as the lines between them blur a little.

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