HBO Renews ‘Veep’ and ‘Silicon Valley’ for 2016
Going into its fourth and most anticipated premiere yet, HBO’s Veep suffered a setback last week with the announcement that creator Armando Iannucci would leave the series behind in advance of Season 5, despite informally confirming that the Emmy-winning Julia Louis-Dreyfus political comedy would return for 2016. Now, Silicon Valley joins Veep with an official vote of confidence from HBO through Seasons 5 and 3, respectively.
Having premiered with the already-renewed Game of Thrones on Sunday, HBO today formally announced that Veep would return for its fifth season in 2016, joined by Mike Judge tech comedy Silicon Valley for a third run. Veep has scored notably higher with audiences and critics in recent years, though Silicon Valley’s second run had garnered plenty of interest in its own right.
Curb Your Enthusiasm alum David Mandel will take over showrunning duties for VeepSeason 5 in 2016, while it remains to be seen if current additions Diedrich Bader or House veteran Hugh Laurie will return. Meanwhile, Silicon Valley Season 2 introduces Mad Men alum Ben Feldman, Arrested Development star Chris Diamantopoulos and Alice Wetterlund, filling in for the late Christopher Evan Welch.
Veep Season 4 and Silicon Valley Season 2 will continue on with new episodes this coming Sunday after Game of Thrones, but what should we expect from the 2016 runs of HBO’s breakout comedies?