Mike Judge and Alec Berg talk with Kim Masters about making Silicon Valley and handling the sudden death of a key actor in the series. Plus, how Mike Judge focus-group tested Beavis and Butt-head and why he’ll never do a broadcast television series again.
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Mike Judge (Beavis and Butt-head, King of the Hill, Office Space) returns to TV with his first live-action series, HBO’S Silicon Valley. He and collaborator Alec Berg (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld) talk with Kim Masters about reshooting the pilot and why there aren’t a lot of female characters of substance on the show. Plus, the discuss the tragic loss of actor Christopher Evan Welch who played the Peter Gregory character. He died of a long bout with cancer in December.
SILICON VALLEY (from left to right): Zach Woods, Thomas Middleditch, Alec Berg, Mike Judge, T.J. Miller, Kumail Nanjiani.
Photo Credit: Jaimie Trueblood/HBO