Cinemax Testing Comedy With ‘Silicon Valley’s’ Mike Judge

By January 16, 2017
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Silicon Valley continues to be a hit for HBO, but Mike Judge apparently has been itching to get back into his animation roots. And because of that, he now has a deal with HBO’s sister network Cinemax to create a new cartoon comedy the way only he can make it.

Cinemax has handed Judge an eight-episode order for Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus, according to DeadlineIt’s the first animated series for Judge since the short-lived 2011 revival of his popular MTV series Beavis and Butt-Head. It would be his first regular animated series work since Fox’s King of the Hill, where he also played the lead voice for Hank Hill, left the air in 2010.

This new series will go away from the metal rock his 1990s characters loved on MTV, and instead head into country-western music. Judge created the series with Richard Mullins and Dub Cornett, who wrote the 2011 Hank Williams biopic The Last Ride.

Judge has earned 12 Emmy nominations in his career, winning one for King of the Hill in 1999. He’s also been honored for Silicon Valley, which is set to begin its fourth season later this year.

The writer and voice actor also is behind some of indie film’s biggest cult classics, including 1999’s Office Space as well as 2006’s Idiocracy.

Unlike the other premium cable channels like HBO and Showtime, Cinemax has struggled to get a solid original series slate going, and has been in the process of revamping its lineup and brand.

Most of its current original programming is aimed more toward the late-night crowd looking for something that let’s just say the kids shouldn’t be watching.

Some of the channel’s current lineup include Quarry based on the Max Allan Collins novel series and Robert Kirkman’s Outcast.

This would be the first time Cinemax has tried to do comedy, by the way, since it aired the Canadian series Second City Television in the early 1980s. That sketch comedy series would eventually produce some of Hollywood’s biggest comedic names like Rick Moranis, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short and the late John Candy.

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