Mike Judge is back with a new comedy series, Silicon Valley, premiering on HBO April 6. HBO states that the show is “partially inspired by Judge’s own experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late ’80s.” Here’s the plot synopsis and teaser for the 8 episode show.
Richard (Thomas Middleditch) is an introverted computer programmer living in the Hacker Hostel startup incubator along with his best friend, Big Head (Josh Brener), pompous Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) and dry-witted Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani). These social misfits live under the watch of Erlich (T.J. Miller), a self-satisfied dot-com millionaire who lets them stay in his house for free — as long as he gets a ten percent stake in their projects.
After a failed pitch to billionaire venture capitalist Peter Gregory (Christopher Evan Welch), Richard seems destined to remain at his job at the tech company Hooli, founded by the megalomaniacal Gavin Belson (Matt Ross). When Monica (Amanda Crew), Gregory’s head of operations, and Jared (Zach Woods), a Hooli executive, realize the value of the site’s search algorithm, a bidding war erupts between Belson and Gregory, with Richard caught in the middle.
You know, I’ve had so many jobs and I didn’t get into [the industry] until I was pushing thirty. And so, I had always been the employee and never had anyone working for me. And then, suddenly, with Beavis and Butt-Head, I had thirty to as many as ninety people, at one point, working for me. And you know, seeing it from the other side, I suddenly became really sympathetic to the bosses. But to me, I don’t get any pleasure out of telling people what to do. But what I do like is seeing a big project through, and steering the ship and all that. And being the boss just kind of goes with the territory: that you sometimes have to tell people to do what they don’t want to do.
I also knew a guy, he and his brother started a little company making low-fat salad dressings, you know? [laughs] [laughs] And, ah, I was like, this is pretty cool. I mean, you can complain about jobs all you want, but some people just get motivated to go work for themselves.
Watch clips from Extract starring Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis and Kristen Wiig.
- Mike Judge’s comedy focuses on a flower-extract plant owner contending with an ever-growing avalanche of personal and professional disasters. An employee at the factory has just suffered an unfortunate accident on the assembly line, but little does the put-upon owner realize that things are about to get much worse. As the injured employee threatens to sue and it begins to look like his company will be bought out, the frazzled owner attempts to catch the culprit responsible for stealing wallets from the coat room and begins to suspect that his wife is sleeping with the gigolo he hired to seduce her. Starring, in alphabetical order: Ben Affleck, David Koechner, J.K. Simmons, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Mila Kunis
- Joel is introduced to the new temp, Cindy, who seems innocently attracted to him—but there may be more to her than meets the eye. In this scene: Joel (Jason Bateman), Cindy (Mila Kunis), Brian (J.K. Simmons), Dean (Ben Affleck)
- Joel's pool-boy plan backfires...big time. In this scene: Joel (Jason Bateman), Nathan (David Koechner), Brad (Dustin Milligan), Suzie (Kristen Wiig)
- To Joel's surprise, Brad easily seals the deal with Suzie. In this scene: Brad (Dustin Milligan), Joel (Jason Bateman), Suzie (Kristen Wiig)
- Frustrated with his home life, Joel finds solace in a potential work opportunity, until things take a turn for the worse. In this scene: Joel (Jason Bateman), Dean (Ben Affleck), Cindy (Mila Kunis), Brian (J.K. Simmons), Mary (Beth Grant), Step (Clifton Collins Jr.)
- Joel's trying to achieve a healthy work-life balance, but it seems like everyone in his life is fighting against him. In this scene: Joel (Jason Bateman), Nathan (David Koechner), Suzie (Kristen Wiig)
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