HBO backs tech comedy 'Silicon Valley' for second season

LOS ANGELES Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:31pm EDT

(L-R) Executive producer Alec Berg and cast members T.J. Miller, Josh Brener and Martin Starr attend the Los Angeles premiere for the new HBO comedy series ''Silicon Valley'' at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California April 3, 2014. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian

(L-R) Executive producer Alec Berg and cast members T.J. Miller, Josh Brener and Martin Starr attend the Los Angeles premiere for the new HBO comedy series ''Silicon Valley'' at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California April 3, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Kevork Djansezian

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - HBO is renewing Mike Judge's send-up of the rarefied technology world "Silicon Valley" for a second season after three of the comedy's first eight episodes aired, the premium cable channel said on Monday.

The show, from the creator of MTV's "Beavis and Butt-head," about the travails of programmers launching a start-up has received praise from critics and Silicon Valley executives alike for its authentic portrayal of the quirky culture that few have dared to tackle for television.

The 30-minute show is in HBO's strong Sunday line-up along with medieval fantasy "Game of Thrones," which has been renewed for fifth and six seasons, and political satire "Veep" starring Emmy-winning Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

HBO, owned by Time Warner Inc. said on Monday it was also renewing "Veep" for a fourth season.

Season four of "Game of Thrones" kicked off on April 6 with an average of 6.6 million viewers, the largest HBO audience since the 2007 finale of mafia drama "The Sopranos." The debut of "Silicon Valley" on the same night drew an average of 2 million viewers and season three of "Veep" averaged 955,000.

(Reporting By Mary Milliken; Editing by Piya Sinha-Roy and Andrew Hay)

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