Following last night’s controversial episode of “Game of Thrones,” HBO has decided to put the spotlight on some of their lighter, comedic fare today.
The cable network just announced that their freshman comedy series “Silicon Valley” has been given an order for a second season, and their more seasoned political comedy series “Veep,” starring Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus, has been picked up for a fourth season. This comes after “Game of Thrones” was already officially renewed for two seasons.
“Silicon Valley” premiered in the prime spot following the fourth season premiere of “Game of Thrones” a few weeks ago, and plenty of critics have been singing its praises. For those who may not be familiar, the series is tailor-made for GeekNation readers as it follows a group of young computer programmers and software engineers as a piece of software they developed catches the eye of some of the biggest names in the technology industry.
Created by Office Space writer and director Mike Judge and “Seinfeld” produced Alec Berg, the series is a workplace comedy for the information and computer age starring comedians Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, and Josh Brener, along with Amanda Crew and Christopher Evan Welch, who sadly died in December of last year. The show has been great so far, and with an eight episode first season, you should have no problem catching up.
Meanwhile, “Veep” has only been getting better as vice president Selina Meyer gets closer to kicking off a presidential campaign with her somewhat reliable team that includes Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott, Matt Walsh, Timothy C. Simons, Sufe Bradshaw, and Kevin Dunn. It’s a hilarious political comedy that sits right in the middle of the aisle, leaving true politics out of the comedy formula.
Armando Iannucci (In the Loop) created the series, and his trademark brand of humor is what makes it a stellar show. It’s fast-paced, with barely a second to catch your breath from the previous laugh. It’s like “30 Rock” meets “The West Wing,” and Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the perfect leading lady.
Both shows air Sundays after “Game of Thrones” and are easily worth your time.
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