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TORONTO (March 25, 2014) – Multiplatform functionality, processing power, endless applications, and a powerful compression algorithm hack HBO Canada into the world of tech start-ups with the debut of HBO’s new original comedy series SILICON VALLEY. Created by Emmy® Award winner Mike Judge (KING OF THE HILL, BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD) and inspired by his own experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late 1980s, the eight-episode, half-hour comedy series premieres Sunday, April 6 at 10 p.m. ET/MT, followed by the Season 3 premiere of HBO’s comedy series VEEP, starring Emmy Award winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus at 10:30 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada. Both series follow the highly anticipated Season 4 debut of HBO’s Emmy and Golden Globe® Award-winning series GAME OF THRONES, premiering at 9 p.m. ET/MT. All new programming airs day-and-date with HBO in the U.S. HBO Canada is a multiplex channel of Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada) and Bell Media’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada).
In the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, CA, the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. SILICON VALLEY follows Richard (Thomas Middleditch, THE OFFICE) an introverted computer programmer living in a hacker hostel start-up incubator along with his best friend, Big Head (Josh Brener, The Internship), pompous Gilfoyle (Martin Starr, FREAKS AND GEEKS), and dry-witted Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani, FUNNY AS HELL). These social misfits live under the watch of Erlich (T.J. Miller, HIGH SCHOOL USA!), a self-satisfied dotcom millionaire who lets them stay in his house for free, as long as he gets a ten percent stake in their projects.
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In the premiere episode of SILICON VALLEY, after a failed pitch to billionaire venture capitalist Peter Gregory (Christopher Evan Welch, The Master), Richard seems destined to remain at his job at the tech company Hooli, founded by the megalomaniacal Gavin Belson (guest star Matt Ross, HBO’s BIG LOVE). When Monica (Amanda Crew, Jobs), Gregory’s head of operations, and Jared (Zach Woods, In the Loop), a Hooli executive, realize the value of the site’s compression algorithm, a bidding war erupts between Belson and Gregory, with Richard caught in the middle.
SILICON VALLEY was created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler (KING OF THE HILL), and Dave Krinsky (KING OF THE HILL); executive produced by Mike Judge, Alec Berg (HBO’s CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM), John Altschuler, Dave Krinsky, Toronto-born Michael Rotenberg (IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA), and Tom Lassally (THE GOODE FAMILY); produced by Jim Kleverweis (EASTSIDERS) and Chrisann Verges (HBO’s GETTING ON); directed by Mike Judge, Alec Berg, Tricia Brock (HBO’s GIRLS), and Maggie Carey (The To Do List); and written by Mike Judge, Alec Berg, Clay Tarver (Dodgeball 2), Dan O’Keefe (THE LEAGUE), John Altschuler, Dave Krinsky, Ron Weiner (30 ROCK), Carson Mell (HBO’s EASTBOUND & DOWN), Jessica Gao (THE MIGHTY B!), Matteo Borghese (THE PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE), and Rob Turbovsky (You Kill Me).
Following SILICON VALLEY, Season 3 of HBO’s Emmy-nominated comedy series VEEP returns at 10:30 p.m. ET/MT. Created by Academy® Award nominee Armando Iannucci (In the Loop), the series stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as former senator Selina Meyer, who becomes Vice-President, only to discover the job is nothing like she expected, but everything she was warned about. In Season 3, Meyer and her staff head off to meet America in Detroit, and Silicon Valley, CA, participate on a drug bust with the Maryland Coast Guard, and fly to London, U.K. to confer with heads of state. Meanwhile, as Dan (Reid Scott) and Amy (Anna Chlumsky) battle for the role of campaign manager, everyone helps Meyer define who she is and where she stands on gas fracking, education, reproductive rights, and her hairstyle. With all of America now watching her and her team, even the most banal action can set off a ripple effect that has unexpected and far-reaching consequences.
VEEP stars Emmy Award winner Tony Hale (ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT) as Gary, the Vice-President’s right-hand man; Anna Chlumsky (In the Loop) as Amy, her chief of staff; Reid Scott (THE BIG C) as Dan, an ambitious political aide; Matt Walsh (HBO’s HUNG) as Mike, Meyer’s weathered spokesperson; Timothy C. Simons (Beneath the Harvest Sky) as Jonah, a White House liaison turned political blogger; Sufe Bradshaw (Star Trek) as Sue, the executive assistant; and Kevin Dunn (Jobs) as Ben, the president’s chief of staff. Guest stars this season include Gary Cole (HBO’s ENTOURAGE), Kathy Najimy (KING OF THE HILL), and Zach Woods (HBO’s SILICON VALLEY).
All new HBO programming airs day-and-date with HBO in the U.S.
In Eastern Canada, episodes will be available on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand.
In Western Canada, episodes will be available in High Definition on HBO Canada HD and On Demand, via mobile and online with participating service providers.
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HBO Canada brings Canadians HBO’s current slate of signature dramatic and comedic programs, together with new and never-before-seen programming including comedy series, live specials, sporting events, behind-the-scenes content and titles from HBO’s extensive library – all in an uncut and commercial-free environment. HBO Canada is offered in high definition on HBO Canada HD and programming is accessible on TMN GO, on demand and online where available by service provider. For more information, please visit www.hbocanada.com. In Eastern Canada, HBO Canada is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. In Western Canada, HBO Canada is offered by Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada).
About Movie Central
Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc. (CJR.B), a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’s animation. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
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