November 14, 2018 at 1:15 pm #1202675099
‘Silicon Valley’ Season 6: Production Delayed Until Summer 2019
The comedy series will now begin production on the new season in summer 2019, meaning the season may not air until 2020.
Barry and Veep most likely premiering after Game of Thrones. HBO’s Emmy combo.October 17, 2019 at 11:39 pm #1203142112
Apparently this premieres on the 27th. Who knew? lol. I feel like this will do similar to Veep after it took a year off, except this was never as much of a player as Veep so it’ll probably only get a few nominations overall. It’s just lucky comedy series looks weak and that Barry won’t be around so HBO can focus their attention on this. They should just focus on Curb anyway. I’m not sure this can get any above the line noms even if the year does end up being weak. And if it doesn’t get in above the line, where would it get in below the line? It could honestly get nothing.
#FreeTheBannedFourOctober 18, 2019 at 12:12 am #1203142128
I think Silicon Valley is safe for nominations. 4/7 spots in Comedy Series will be empty, 5/7 in Writing, 4/6 in Directing, 4/5 in Casting, 4/6 in Editing, 3/4 in Production Design, 3/5 in Sound Mixing and so on. There is such dearth of contenders that I find it hard to see how it gets completely snubbed. It’ll probably even get back into categories like Editing along with the the ones it was nominated in 2018.October 18, 2019 at 12:15 am #1203142137
I think Silicon Valley is safe for nominations. 4/7 spots in Comedy Series will be empty, 5/7 in Writing, 4/6 in Directing, 4/5 in Casting, 4/6 in Editing, 3/4 in Production Design, 3/5 in Sound Mixing and so on. There is such dearth of contenders that I find it hard to believe that Silicon Valley gets completely snubbed. It’ll probably even get back into categories like Editing along with the the ones it was nominated in 2018.
I think it depends on its critical reception, it needs to be better than it has been the last few years.
#FreeTheBannedFourOctober 28, 2019 at 11:14 pm #1203156933
This is getting sound mixing and probably directing and production design.November 4, 2019 at 9:32 am #1203165595
This has apparently aired two episodes. I had no idea. You have to wonder if this, The Kominsky Method and Mr. Robot will all just never be nominated for anything again, as all returned in October to zero buzz. Silicon Valley returned to a series low of course. This final season is only seven episodes.November 4, 2019 at 10:16 am #1203165659
Comedy offerings for the Emmys were insane, how did everything just drop off.November 4, 2019 at 10:27 am #1203165681
Depending on the competition, they could sneak in Series again. Not sure about writing and directing because of Barry. Douglas and Arkin, though, are easy name-checks. Too bad for Malek having a hard time returning.
On the subject of the thread, I haven’t given up on the show yet. Enjoying the full HBO Sunday line-up, from Watchmen to Oliver. The show’s never been a big thing, it’s just being itself, I guess.December 8, 2019 at 3:12 pm #1203224975
This season’s been fun, but its definitely the weakest one yet. The biggest problem if that there feels like very little finality to this season except for last week’s penultimate episode. I’m hoping the finale tonight is a good finish, kind of like how Veep’s 7th season wasn’t that great, but it’s finale was spectacular. Given the fact that this is worse than Veep’s 7th season, I’m gonna guess that won’t happen.
This has the same issue as Veep and Game of Thrones; the decrease in episodes. A few years ago, these shows were at the top of their games. The removal of episodes just feels weird and robs the audience of getting more time to enjoy their conclusions. In a way, this suffers even worse than those two since they at least got to build up properly to their endings all throughout their final seasons, even if one was a step backwards in quality, and the other was complete and total garbage. This just doesn’t feel like a final season. It feels like they want to end the show and move on, but they don’t actually have the passion to give it the closure it deserves.
Also, I hate Guart (or however its supposed to be spelled). The character ultimately adds very little to the plot, has no funny moments, and frequently kept Jared away from the rest of the group, meaning we get less of Zach Woods’ brilliant chemistry with his co-stars. Thankfully he’s been back with them these past few episodes though. But separating Woods from the other cast members reminds me of one of Veep’s biggest problems in its 6th season. When you have an ensemble that works so well together, keeping them away from each other just feels wrong. In one way its better since it’s only one character and he still spends more time with the other main cast members than away from them, but in another way its worse since this is the final season, and we shouldn’t be wasting our time on poorly thought out subplots like this. Anyway, to make a long story short: Guart sucks.
I know I’m ragging on this season a bit, but its still good. I just wish it was better.December 8, 2019 at 10:32 pm #1203225570
So that’s that. The final season of Silicon Valley came and went. I’m sad for three reasons. The first is the obvious one, a great show has ended. Ever since the start, I’ve loved this show. It was once definitely one of the strongest comedies on TV. It still stayed fairly strong to the end, although its not as good as it once was. Still, it was a great show, and it managed to pull off a pretty good ending. The second reason I’m sad is because I feel like the show could’ve gone on for longer. It seems like the team realized it wasn’t as popular as it used to be, and because of that, they decided to make a short final season. The third reason I’m sad is because a great show has ended, and it doesn’t seem like too many people really care. It felt like some people were starting to lose interest last season, but this year the fanbase seems to be at their most unenthusiastic. Still, this was a fairly solid season. It was the show at its weakest, but it still stayed generally strong despite that.
Anyway, let’s talk about the actual finale. While it isn’t quite the way I’d want things to end, I thought it was a pretty great cap off nonetheless. I would’ve preferred to have seen the Pied Piper team actually succeed, but the show has often displayed Richard and his crew as taking moral victories, so this ending makes sense. And it was executed in a way that showed they were all able to get fairly happy endings. It was nice to see Big Head fail his way upwards one last time. It felt like we hadn’t seen that happen in awhile, so it was a nice surprise, especially since the show seemed to hint that he was about to completely miss out on the success everyone else was about to achieve. It’s also sweet that he came to Richard’s rescue, as he’s always been the most selfless and kindhearted character on the show. Richard’s own ending isn’t anything too special, but he’s in a pretty good spot. He got a seemingly cozy job, and his buddy is his boss, so he won’t have to worry about his livelihood. I also like the fact that there’s the clear implication that he’s still close with at least Big Head and Jared. When they first started showing what became of Jared, I didn’t like it, as it seemed like they were going for a mean spirited joke about how he’s the least successful of the team. But once they made it clear that he’s genuinely happy, and seems to have legitimately healthy friendships with these people, I liked it. And as I said before, I appreciate them showing that he and Richard have remained close, as their friendship has always been on of the most endearing (and at times slightly creepy) aspects of the show. I loved the reveal that Dinesh and Gilfoyle have stuck together after all these years. It’s somewhat of a fitting punishment that they still have to put up with each other, but it also ties into what Jared said years ago; despite all their bickering, the two of them are actually friends. Just friends who happen to hate each other. Monica’s ending was short, but funny. Not too much to talk about there. I did appreciate the focus the series gave to Amanda Crew this season. In earlier years, it often felt like she was being out shined by the other more colorful characters, but they gave her some strong material this year, and even let her cut loose more than I think she ever had in the past seasons. Seeing Laurie in jail was a great laugh. I would’ve liked to have seen some more of what became of her, but given the often mysterious circumstances surrounding her, this felt pretty fitting. Anyway, I just found out tonight that her actress (Suzanne Cryer) was on Seinfeld as George’s girlfriend in The Yada Yada. So there’s a little tidbit. I’m little divided on Gavin’s ending. I thought it was legitimately funny, but maybe I was just hoping for more. I’ve always found him to be a great, and surprisingly fascinating character. I guess I was hoping that he’d end up joining forces with Richard somehow, as they clearly hinted that would happen at some point. It’s especially weird since an interview with Alec Berg that I just read had him admit that he can’t bring himself to hate Gavin, and that he has a fondness and love for the character. If he felt that way, then it would’ve seemed appropriate for Gavin to join forces with Richard rather than have an ending that feels so unconnected from the rest of the plot. Also, were we supposed to know that guy Gavin’s writing with? I didn’t recognize him, but I wasn’t sure if that was supposed to be the point. It would’ve been nice to see Hoover one last time. Maybe he could’ve been Gavin’s writing partner. Speaking of Gavin’s cronies, I’m a little surprised we never got any kind of goodbye to Denpok. He just seemed to disappear. I also can’t remember if we saw Andy Daly’s always hilarious Dr. Crawford this season. Anyway, back to Gavin. I still wish that we could’ve heard more about his partnership with Peter Gregory. He may have only been in the first five episodes, but Christopher Evan Welch’s death truly left a hole in this show, and I can’t help but wonder what things would’ve been like if he was still around. I’m guessing we definitely would’ve uncovered more of his and Gavin’s past, and I also think a lot of events would’ve been different, since while Laurie feels very similar to Peter on many levels, there are also several differences, as many of Laurie’s decisions feel very different from what Peter would’ve done in those same positions. Moving back to this season, it was nice to have Russ around for these last few episodes. While not as big of a showcase as his season 2 arc, it’s the most that Chris Diamantopuoulos has had to do here in a long time. Still not sure why they promoted him to the main cast in season 4 when he had like two scenes. Thinking of that, I’m pretty sure Stephen Tobolowsky’s similarly promoted to main cast Jack Barker wasn’t even mentioned in these past two seasons. Which is a shame, cause he was a lot of fun. Moving back to Russ, the character’s always a delight, and I’m glad they were able to work him into the story one last time in a way that gave him a decent amount of material. Hopefully he can get a guest nomination, although I fear the show could struggle with nominations this year, so I’m not currently counting on it. Jian-Yang’s ending was fun, but I called the reveal that it would be him rather than Erlich before the showed his silhouette. The build up was nice, but it gave me enough time to remember the mutual hatred between the current cast and crew and TJ Miller. Also factor in his current notoriety, and Jian-Yang using his name in last week’s episode, and it was a pretty obvious reveal. I’m sad that they never really resolved Erlich’s character at all, but I also find TJ Miller to be an awful person, so I’m ultimately fine with him not appearing. Still, it’s really strange seeing that early picture showing him and the rest of the gang and realizing just how big his role initially was. To see him gradually become a smaller and smaller part to the point that they just insultingly ditched his character with no fanfare is truly odd. As someone who hates the actor but enjoyed the character, I still have mixed feelings on his exit. But it was still better done that Two and a Half Men’s removal of Charlie Sheen, so there’s that.
Anyway, now that I’ve finished talking about the endings of the individual characters, I guess I should focus on the finale as a whole. The format of seeing them all years later felt like a fun and fitting gimmick for the ending. I also really liked Bill Gates appearing out of nowhere. Like I said, while I would’ve liked to have seen all the main characters pulling off their dream and getting rich, seeing them save the world was pretty cool too. Watching them reunite in the old house ended up getting to me. It never felt sappy, but it was still emotional in a way that felt fitting for the show. However, I could’ve done without that last joke. Seeing Richard pathetically looking for that drive felt a little too mean spirited. I would’ve preferred to have last seen him with his friends. His last moment on camera should be victorious and happy, not that. The interview I mentioned before was interested in the open ending might be a setup for a future reunion with these characters, with Alec Berg sounding kind of into the idea, but saying that he currently has no plans to do so. I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing the Pied Piper team one last time. This show may not have had the most amazing ending in the world, but it still pulled it off pretty well. Silicon Valley was a show that you don’t usually see. It gave some very talented but unconventional actors a chance to shine, and here’s hoping that they all (except for Miller who’s an asshole and has seemingly already destroyed his career) get good opportunities in the future. I think they’ll all be OK, but hopefully some of them can really shine again like they did here. It was fun while it lasted. I’ll miss Silicon Valley.
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