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Mike Judge’s latest foray into television is the live-action HBO comedy Silicon Valley, centering on a group of Palo Alto programmers trying to make it big in the tech industry. Others have tried to bring the Bay Area startup culture to television before: Bravo’s reality series Start-Ups was an unmitigated disaster, while Amazon’s web series Betas is a step in the right direction. But the Office Space director is a pro at workplace satire, and the first teaser for Silicon Valley shows plenty of promise. Thomas Middleditch stars as the fledging CEO of his own startup called Pied Piper—which has a logo that looks like “a guy sucking a dick, and he’s got another dick tucked behind his ear for later…like a snack dick,” according to one of the programmers played by Kumail Nanjiani. The rest of the cast features Martin Starr, plus T.J Miller as the ramen-slurping tech millionaire who hosts the other programmers in his “Hacker House.” Silicon Valley debuts April 6, after the season three premiere of Veep.


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