'Silicon Valley': Season 2 will be 'weirder'

'Silicon' centers on a group of programmers trying to make their app successful. The series airs on HBO and the new season will debut on April 12.

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'Silicon Valley' stars Thomas Middleditch.

The hit HBO comedy series “Silicon Valley” will soon return for a second season.

“Silicon” centers on a programmer (Thomas Middleditch) and his team who are trying to make their music app successful. It was co-created by Mike Judge of “Office Space” and “Extract,” as well as John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, both of whom wrote such projects as episodes of “King of the Hill” and the movies “Role Models” and “Blades of Glory.” 

“Silicon” co-stars T.J. Miller, Martin Starr, Kumail Nanjiani, and Zach Woods. 

The first season of the show was very well-received by critics, with Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times calling the show “great… Sturdy structural models give the show a grounding in which the shifting relations among characters – money changes everything – profitably flourish. The cast members – mention should be made of Zach Woods as a business advisor – have presence but do not push the jokes. ‘Silicon Valley’ is a comedy, certainly, and a very funny one, but it doesn't spend all its time reminding you of the fact." 

In an interview with GQ, Judge said of the second season, “We look at what happens after your successful first round investment and your company becomes successful. Now [protagonist] Richard and [app] Pied Piper, they are the belle of the ball, and everybody wants a piece of them. It's what happens when you get to Series A funding and you're either going to be the market standard that goes down in history or you're going to be forgotten… I think it does get weirder.”

Meanwhile, “Silicon” star Miller said of the appeal of the show in an interview with Collider, “Everybody knows somebody in start ups, and they’re doing satire that is effective. It is an excellent and real reflection of what’s wrong with that tech culture and that tech world." 

The new season of “Silicon” debuts on April 12.

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