Thursday, May 16, 2013

HBO Orders Untitled Comedy Pilots from Mike Judge and Michael Lannon to Series

        Thursday, May 6 - In its push to find more successful comedy franchises, HBO has given eight-episode series orders to the Silicon Valley-set comedy from Mike Judge as well as the San Francisco-set comedy from Michael Lannan.

        The dark single-camera project is set in the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success.  The pilot was co-written by Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky and was directed by Judge. Starring on the series are T.J. Miller, Thomas Middleditch, Josh Brener, Lindsey Broad, Christopher Evan Welch, Amanda Crew, Angela Trimbur, Zach Woods and Kumail Nanjiani. Judge, Altschuler and Krinsky serve as executive producers along with Michael Rotenberg and Tom Lassally.

        The single-camera project revolves around three friends in San Francisco (Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez, Murray Bartlett) who explore the fun and sometimes overwhelming options available to a new generation of gay men. The pilot was written by Michael Lannan who executive produces with Andrew Haigh, Sarah Condon and David Marshall Grant. Haigh also directed the pilot.

        Production on both series will begin later this year with early 2014 premieres eyed for each. They join critically acclaimed comedy series Girls and Veep on the network as well as Family Tree (which just premiered to okay but low numbers) and upcoming series Hello Ladies and Getting On.