We either have some really good or really bad news related to HBO coming your way. For the last several years, HBO's spring lineup has been comprised of Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley and Veep. The quirky drama and comedy lineup has seemed to work out for the subscription network, but apparently it is not something fans should have taken for granted. Although Game of Thrones won't be airing in its usual timeslot this spring, it looks like Silicon Valley still will. Again, this is good news if you were really pumped for new episodes. However, it's bad news if you loved that three-show lineup just the way it was.
In a first look at Season 4 of Silicon Valley, HBO has announced that the new episodes will hit the schedule on Sunday, April 23, which is roughly around the same time Silicon Valley has hit the schedule in the past. This is a week after The Leftovers is hitting the schedule on HBO for its final season. It's also a week after Veep will hit the schedule on April 16. So it looks as if HBO's spring lineup will be as follows: The Leftovers will air at 9 p.m. ET, Silicon Valley will air at 10 p.m. and Veep will round out the lineup at 10:30 p.m.
Basically, it looks as if The Leftovers will be acting as the spring stand-in for Game of Thrones, which is a bit of a surprising choice, as The Leftovers has never been a big ratings bringer for HBO. It's possible that the two veteran comedies might help to bring interest to the show in its final season, but I posit that it is more likely Silicon Valley and Veep will be affected by the lack of Game of Thrones than the other way around. We'll have to wait and see, and luckily, it seems that we won't have too much longer to wait.
As someone who watches Game of Thrones but also the two comedies that air after, a part of me is a bit relieved that I'll at least have Silicon Valley and Veep to look forward to this spring, but a part of me is a little bit sad that Game of Thrones won't be airing with the usual suspects when it makes a return sometime later in 2017. So far, we don't really have any inclination when HBO will fit the long-running fantasy drama back into its lineup; we simply know that Game of Thrones filmed later than usual this year and the show will be back late as a result of the scheduling changes.
As for Silicon Valley, if you'd like to take a first look at what to expect from Season 4, you can check out the first trailer, which includes Richard trying and failing to kick in a door, below.
Silicon Valley will return to the schedule on Sunday, April 23 at 10 p.m. ET. To find out when the rest of your favorite shows are returning, take a look at our midseason TV premiere schedule.