The popular HBO tech show Silicon Valley has just added another female cast member. Suzanne Cryer of Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place is officially coming on board as a series regular for Season 2.
Mike Judge’s Silicon Valley has received pretty good buzz by viewers and critics alike, thanks to a very funny first season. While it would be difficult to argue the show’s abundance of non-stop laughs, it is pretty easy, however, to see that it is severely lacking when it comes to female characters. The only main female role in the show is that of venture capitalist assistant Monica (Amanda Crew) and like the curse put upon so many women in male-dominated comedies, she has been branded the no-nonsense, straight woman. While it is good that she isn’t just present to fill the role of “romantic partner,” her character doesn’t really get to offer much other than occasionally appearing to slap the gang of Pied Piper back into line.
That is why we are so excited to see the new addition of Cryer who, according to Deadline, is set to play the character of Raviga Capital managing partner, Laurie Bream. Her role will help fill the void left after Christopher Evan Welch, who played investment firm partner Peter Gregory on the show, sadly passed away in 2013. The role of Bream was originally set to be played by Rebecca Creskoff (Hung) but Cryer will now take the reigns. Welch’s character wasn’t ever-present, but he did appear quite frequently and definitely brought a lot of laughs to the series. I’m looking forward to seeing what Cryer has in store for us. As a firm partner, her position is one of power, and If nothing else, she will absolutely help shape a more diversified cast, which the show desperately needs.
Silicon Valley Season 1 pulled in four Emmy nominations, including for Outstanding Director and Writer in a Comedy as well as Best Comedy Series. It also more recently received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical, although lost to the Netflix original, Orange Is the New Black.
The series follows a crew of slacker programmers trying to find success with startup company Pied Piper in modern Silicon Valley. Led by shy, introvert Richard Hendriks (Thomas Middleditch), and backed by entrepreneur Erlich Bachman (T.J. Miller), Pied Piper attempts to navigate the murky waters of the tech world in the face of giant competitors like Hooli. Season 1 ended with Hendriks leading his team through a masturbation-inspired presentation at the annual TechCrunch event.
Silicon Valley co-stars Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener, Matt Ross and Jimmy Ouyangreturns. It is set to return to HBO on April 12, 2015.