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Silicon Valley Finally Gets the TV Treatment It Deserves, From the Dude Who Wrote ‘Beavis and Butt-head’

Silicon Valley is coming to an HBO channel near you.
(Photo: MTV)

(Photo: MTV)

If the sunny, overblown drama of Bravo’s Start-Ups: Silicon Valley has left you aching for a bleaker take on Valley culture, then we have some wonderful news for you. Deadline reports that HBO has just greenlit a new pilot called Silicon Valley, produced by cult comedy icon Mike Judge.

The show will be a single-camera affair, offering a dark take on the “high tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success.” You know what that means: hoodies!

Mr. Judge has been responsible for such iconic works as Office Space, Idiocracy and–of course–Beavis and Butt-head, so we’re confident that he’ll be able to supply the Valley with the healthy dose of comedic cynicism it so desperately needs. He’ll be directing the project, which is slated to begin filming in the spring. King of the Hill producers John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky are also on board.

But what of the Valley’s pristine reputation? Will it be sullied by HBO? Area bloggers who clutched their pearls over Start-Ups believe that because Silicon Valley is labeled as fiction up front, it can’t do “actual harm.” With Mr. Judge’s take, at least we won’t have to worry our pretty little heads over how to separate fact from fiction.

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