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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Kim Masters and John Horn banter about top entertainment news stories of the week.
- NBC makes huge deal for Olympics.
- The state of the broadcast networks pre-Upfronts.
- Neilson study on cable bundling and how few channels people actually watch.
- The real-life Bernie is released from prison to live in Richard Linklater’s garage.
Bernie Has Been Released From Prison and He'll Live in Richard Linklater's Garage Apartment
Cable forces more channels down unwilling viewers’ throats
NBC will never stop airing the Olympics: Deal through 2032
Upfronts Pregame: Fox Tries to Find Its Way Back
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
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