HBO announces that Silicon Valley season 6 will premiere in October. Created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler, and Dave Krinsky, the comedy series follows a group of brilliant computer software developers who must learn how to handle success and failure. Silicon Valley season 6 will be the final HBO installment.
In Silicon Valley, the ensemble cast is led by Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener, and T.J Miller (who left the show after season 4). The narrative mirrors the real-life experiences of the aforementioned Judge, who worked as a Silicon Valley programmer during the ‘80s. He later went on to create the iconic MTV series Beavis and Butt-Head, and co-created the Fox series King of the Hill. Judge has also directed cult classic feature films like Office Space and Idiocracy. By 2014, Silicon Valley season 1 premiered on HBO and was subsequently nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards. In 2015, Silicon Valley won an Emmy for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series (Brian Merken for "Two Days of the Condor”). In recent years, Amanda Crew has received critical acclaim for her performance as Monica Hall. In April 2018, HBO ordered Silicon Valley season 6.
Per Deadline, HBO has announced that Silicon Valley season 6 will premiere in October. However, the network did not provide a specific date. The news was delivered at TCA, with Judge and fellow producer Alec Berg stating, “We’ll miss it desperately, but we’ve always let Pied Piper’s journey guide the way, and season 6 seems to be the fitting conclusion.” In addition, the duo also injected some humor into their official statement by noting, “At a certain point, there’s only so much we can do to make the world a better place.” Berg co-produces HBO’s dark comedy Barry, which he co-created with Saturday Night Live alum Bill Hader. Last April, HBO ordered Barry season 3.
On Twitter, the official Silicon Valley account acknowledged its sixth and final season, prompting the aforementioned Nanjiani to post a telling statement: “Farewell to the best job I've ever had. I'll miss almost everyone involved.” While the fan responses seem to imply that Nanjiani was referencing Miller, his former co-star, it’s worth noting that Nanjiani and his fellow male leads were called out by a former cast member in July 2018 for enabling Miller’s behavior on set. Actress Alice Wetterlund - who appeared in Silicon Valley seasons 2 and 3 - stated on Twitter, “They can f**k off forever…I don’t know if other women on the show had a different experience than me, but it was kind of a nightmare.” One year before, Miller reportedly sent a transphobic e-mail to film critic Danielle Solzman. On August 1, 2019 Miller has a court hearing for a fake bomb threat he made at LaGuardia Airport in 2018.
Nanjiani headlined the 2019 feature film comedy Stuber, and was recently announced as a main cast member for Marvel’s Eternals. Given that his film career appears to be on the rise, now seems like a good time to conclude Silicon Valley. Moving forward, Nanjiani will undoubtedly be part of more HBO projects.