The nerd-infested, white-collar suburbs of Silicon Valley don’t strike me as the most obvious source material for an HBO comedy, but Mike Judge — the man behind “Office Space,” “Beavis and Butthead” and “King of the Hill” — is making an attempt.
“Silicon Valley” will follow the lives of a programmer named Richard and his zany, socially awkward friends. And with punch lines like “Steve Jobs is a poser, he didn’t even write code,” there’s no telling if the show will appeal to people outside of that circle. (The full trailer is below — but please be warned, like HBO itself, the trailer contains some language that might not sit well with everyone.)
“Silicon Valley” is one of a series of shows trying to chronicle that mythical slice of California that Kevin Roose recently christened the new Wall Street. There’s also “Betas,” Amazon’s original series about four men designing a fictional hook-up app, and the film adaptation of “Console Wars” — a non-fiction book on the mid-’90s PR battle between Sega and Nintendo, which has already signed on Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to direct.
The New Yorker’s Emily Nussbaum still argues, however, that CBS’s “The Good Wife” is the best show about technology on TV, and I’m inclined to agree. Just check out the season three episode “Bitcoin for Dummies,” which deftly melds fiction, zeitgeist and real legal issues — and only marks the start of a Bitcoin plotline that somehow sustained itself over several episodes.
Silicon Valley, for its part, premieres April 6 on HBO.