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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Silicon Valley Coming To HBO Featuring "HOOI (.com)"

In the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. Mike Judge (“Office Space,” “Beavis & Butthead,” “King of the Hill”) brings his irreverent brand of humor to HBO in the new comedy series SILICON VALLEY. Partially inspired by Judge’s own experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late ‘80s, the show kicks off its eight-episode season this April.

The series is a half-hour show currently pegged for an eight-episode season, coming from the mind of television mastermind Mike Judge, the man behind King of the Hill and Beavis & Butthead, among others.

The series was created by Judge alongside John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, and focuses around various techies and their startup sundries, all of whom live in the home a dotcom millionaire offering free accommodations in exchange for a 10-percent stake in each person's startup.

One of the characters, described as an introverted computer programmer, manages to entice a bidding war over his search algorithm, which seems to be the focus of the first season. The show, by all accounts, is rather merciless in its focus on Silicon Valley and all it entails, both in reality and in stereotype, and is based in part on Judge's own past experience.

The show follows a male-heavy cast of tech geeks from across the industry — a group of startup founders, executives of a huge Google-like corporation, a bored mega-rich investor, etc. And based on Judge’s previous work, I fully expect Silicon Valley to make light of the ridiculous things in this industry. As the nitpicking geeks that we are, I doubt we’ll be able to full appreciate it until years after the episodes air. (The same is true for King of the Hill, Idiocracy, and Office Space.)

The show also seems like it’ll at least attempt to integrate the existing culture of the industry, too. For instance, Re/code’s Kara Swisher is scheduled to make an appearance in one of the later episodes. I imagine we’ll also see cameos from other Valley entrepreneurs and founders. And again, this is from freaking Mike Judge, so I’ll be watching it regardless.

Check out the trailer for the series, which we’ve embedded below, for a closer look.  SOURCES

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