After HBO cut short the lives of comedies Family Tree and Hello Ladies, I was a little concerned for Mike Judge’s brand new TV effort Silicon Valley, which premiered along with new seasons of Game of Thrones and Veep just a few weeks ago. Fans of the mastermind comedian behind Idiocracy and Office Space can breathe a sigh of relief, however. On Monday, HBO announced that Silicon Valley will be getting a much-desired Season 2. Additionally, Veep will return for a fourth season.
HBO President Michael Lombardo broke the big news on Monday, but the subscription cable network’s press release doesn’t really give us much to go on as far as what to expect from the two shows in 2015. Veep aired eight episodes its first season and was subsequently given 10-episode orders for seasons 2 and 3. If Silicon Valley continues to be paired with Veep in Season 2, it’s reasonable to guess the show’s Season 2 order will be upped to 10 episodes, as well. However, we’ll have to wait for a second press release from HBO to know for sure.
Veep and Silicon Valley have actually paired extremely well together, and have brought plenty of comic relief to viewers still getting over the whirlwind of violence and political intrigue leftover after Game of Thrones airs at 9 p.m ET. Despite Veep and Silicon Valley’s opposite settings—the former is an East Coast show about politicians devoted to their jobs and the latter is a West Coast endeavor about slackers who are trying to build a business—the two comedies share a lot of commonalities and fit together really well. Both offer ruthless, amusing dialogue, a wide network of supporting characters who boast wild opinions and an often frazzled, well-intentioned principal actor who can’t help but feel a bit overwhelmed. In short, Veep and Silicon Valley are a perfect match, and HBO recognizes it.
The news comes just a few weeks after HBO also renewed Sunday night’s other popular program, Game of Thrones for not one, but two, seasons. Seasons 5 and 6 are both guaranteed to air on the network, which makes sense, as there are numerous George R. R. Martin plot points to get through before the show is caught up with the A Song Of Ice And Fire books. If Game of Thrones continues to grow or even stay level at the network, it’s enviable ratings should continue to bring new eyeballs to Silicon Valley and Veep.
Veep follows Vice President Selina Meyer and her mostly loyal entourage as they deal with the daily tedium of political life. In Season 3, the gang is preparing for Meyer to announce her candidacy for President, leading to tough calls and strange alliances. If you aren’t watching, here’s a sneak peek at what you are missing.
Over on the West Coast, Silicon Valley follows a young man named Richard who comes up with a smart algorithm for a start-up. He and his buddies begin putting together a business, only to face various challenges as they realize a business is more complicated than they ever really considered. Here’s a little taste of the bro-oriented comedy.
Veep and Silicon Valley are both part of HBO’s spring Sunday night lineup. Silicon Valley airs at 10 p.m. ET and Veep follows at 10:30 p.m. ET.