File this one under too good to be true: Mike Judge, the comedy genius behind Office Space, King of the Hill, and Beavis and Butt-Head, is working on a dark comedy pilot for HBO called Silicon Valley.
According to Deadline, the pilot will shoot in Spring 2013 and will be directed by Judge. Legendary Hollywood producer Scott Rudin, who also produced The Social Network, will executive produce the show alongside Judge and his King of the Hill colleagues John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky.
Not surprisingly, it will be set among the modern Silicon Valley gold rush “where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success,” Deadline wrote.
I’m a big fan of Judge’s ability to deconstruct and mock idiots (see the hilarious, terrifying, and downright prescient Idiocracy), so I’m excited to see his particular brand of humor translates to the world of startups. Between nonsense business ideas, exorbitant hype, and silly startup names, Judge surely has a lot to make fun of. It’s also a much-needed antidote to Bravo’s Silicon Valley reality show.
So far it looks like HBO has only ordered a pilot for the show, but if it turns out well it could lead to more episodes, and hopefully a full season.
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