The premium cable network shores up its Sunday night comedy lineup for next year
No surprise here: HBO is renewing the two comedies that have been adding a lighter touch to its Game of Thrones-led Sunday night lineup. The premium cable network announced Monday that it was renewing Veep for a fourth season and Silicon Valley for a second, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Silicon Valley—a 30-minute comedy from Office Space creator Mike Judge about a group of wannabe entrepreneurs—got 2 million viewers on April 6 when it premiered between the uber-popular Game of Thrones and the critically-acclaimed Veep. That makes it HBO’s biggest comedy launch since Hung in 2009, and even more fans flocked to the show through HBO’s streaming service, HBOGo.
The Julia Louis-Dreyfus vehicle, Veep, premiered to almost 1 million viewers, on par with its season two finale. Both Dreyfus and Tony Hale won Emmys for their performances in the political satire last year.
HBO already renewed two of its other freshman shows, Getting On and Looking. They will join Girls in the 2015 schedule, along with three other new comedies: Togetherness starring Mark Duplass, The Brink starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins and Ballers starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.