There's no question that HBO has become one of the best sources for comedy over the course of the last few years. With fewer restrictions than a traditional broadcast network, the premium cable platform can take considerable risks that wouldn't have seemed possible in a previous era of television comedy, such as calling an episode "C***gate." And speaking of the brilliant political comedy Veep, HBO has officially announced Veep Season 7 and Silicon Valley Season 5 are officially ordered.
HBO's Veep has officially received a renewal for a seventh season, which is only fitting given how Veep-ish the real D.C. has become. The biting political satire will wrap up its current Season 6 run in June, and it will return next year to continue the post-presidential exploits of Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Selina Meyer. There were some pretty obvious initial concerns about whether or not Veep could sustain its particular brand of storytelling once Selina's term as President came to an end when Season 5 concluded. That said, the show has managed to keep its formula fresh at every turn, with Selina now working to cement her legacy as the first woman President, with very scattered results. So we are still very excited to see how it and Gary will continue to evolve going into the future.
In addition to Veep, HBO has also announced the renewal of its other major prestige comedy. Mike Judge's Silicon Valley -- which, as the name would suggest -- centers on a group of tech bros trying to make it big in the Northern California tech scene and has become one of HBO's best comedies over the course of the last four years. The endlessly raunchy (yet still endlessly clever) series will wrap up its current 10-episode fourth season next month, and the fifth season will air on HBO next year. Unless, of course, Richard ends up delaying things somehow.
Both of these series have become two of the most critically acclaimed shows currently available on television, and are extremely indicative of the comedy renaissance that's now taking place on the small screen. As television has become incredibly diversified over the course of the last few years, we have experienced a notable comedy boom that seems to have supplanted the drama boom characterized by shows like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The Sopranos. With shows like Veep and Silicon Valley leading the way (and bolstered by streaming gems like Master of None and Catastrophe), it has become fairly evident that the golden age of TV comedy is alive and well. Now it's just a matter of where these shows will go in their new seasons.
CinemaBlend will bring you more information related to Veep, Silicon Valley, and the rest of your favorite TV series as more details becomes available to us. Silicon Valley airs Sunday nights at 10 p.m. EST on HBO, and Veep follows it at 10:30 p.m. EST. Both shows will end their current seasons on Sunday, June 25. If you happen to be on the lookout for more information related to all of the most highly anticipated TV shows slated to debut over the course of the next few months, check out our summer TV premiere guide.