hbo's silicon valley
I think, sometimes — perhaps too often — about Versailles. It was by all accounts, staggering: all of the richest people in France staying in one of the world’s grandest palaces eating and drinking themselves into a stupor at the feet of Louis XIV while the country fought and starved. It was, and remains, a symbol of the purity of excess: a grand, insane bacchanal that seemed to aspire to nothing less than oblivion. Of course, there were good political reasons for the thing that was Versailles to exist as well (keep the nobles drunk enough that they neither notice or care that you’ve become an absolute monarch), but the main takeaway is this: one of the most powerful men in the world used the resources of his nation to throw the bitchingest party on Earth.
This week, I’m thinking about Versailles because of Burning Man.
Last night, sandwiched between a brand new Game of Thrones season opener and a delightful Veep premiere, HBO regaled viewers with Silicon Valley, Mike Judge’s new show about the eponymous tech epicenter.
Few have tried to present America’s tech scene on TV or film, and even fewer have succeeded. Combine that with the fact that Mike Judge, of Beavis and Butthead, Office Space and Idiocracy fame, is the show’s creator, and you have one of the most highly anticipated series premieres of the year.
The half-hour comedy is showing Sunday nights at 10 p.m. (or any time after 10:30 if you’ve managed to date someone with an HBOGO password in the last year or so). Betabeat will be watching each episode and recapping it with a conversation between Molly Mulshine, Jordyn Taylor and Jack Smith IV.
Tech and entertainment junkies alike are practically frothing at the mouths over the premier of Silicon Valley, which debuts at South by Southwest today — and it turns out the show will have some Easter eggs in store for tech types.
Co-creator Mike Judge said the new show will be the anti-Entourage, which could be good or bad (but definitely not as bad as Betas, sry Amazon) on Friday during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
Ballmer and Butthead
Shooting has wrapped on HBO’s new TV show Silicon Valley, and the sitcom is debuting in April. Typical unnecessary tech embargo. Still, HBO invited some TV critics to scope it out earlier this week, and they were pretty pleased about it.
The Hollywood Reporter‘s Lacey Rose said it seemingly aspires to be “Entourage for the start-up scene,” which we guess means a show about four Erics?
Ballmer and Butthead
The highly anticipated Silicon Valley comedy from the mind of Beavis and Butthead creator Mike Judge has been picked up by HBO for a full season, according to Deadline. The show doesn’t have a title yet, but we already know it opens on “the shit-brown hills of Mountainview,” and stars Martin Starr of Freaks and Geeks and Party Down fame.
Ballmer and Butthead
Get excited! Mike Judge’s much-anticipated (by Betabeat, at least) comedy about Silicon Valley has begun filming a pilot in downtown Palo Alto. So the local news hounds at KPIX San Francisco sallied forth to take in the action on University Avenue and explain the show for locals:
“It’s a comedy about six programmers trying to create software that will earn them big bucks. That’s not really a comedy, that’s what people do down here all the time.”
Oh, it’s a comedy, alright.
Have we told you how mind-numbingly excited Betabeat is for HBO’s forthcoming comedy, Silicon Valley? That the network’s inspired decision to hire the creators of Beavis and Butthead to write a TV show about startups thrust us into a fit of giggling anticipation?
Dreams Do Come True
On last night’s episode of “Start-Ups: Silicon Valley,” the close-knit (like real close) brother-sister duo Ben Way and Hermione Way claimed to raise a $500,000 seed round for their health and wellness app Ignite–from respected angel investor Esther Dyson and Gramercy Ventures, no less.
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!