EXCLUSIVE: Actor-comedians T.J. Miller (Yogi Bear) and Thomas Middleditch (The Campaign) have been cast in Silicon Valley, HBO’s single-camera dark comedy pilot from King Of The Hill co-creator/executive producer Mike Judge, fellow King Of The Hill executive producers John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky and producer Scott Rudin. Silicon Valley is set in the high tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. Miller will play Erlich, the owner of the Hacker House. His intelligence is sometimes eclipsed by his imperious self-satisfaction; he is the big fish in the small pond he created and is almost totally self-unaware. Middleditch will play Thomas who is focused, idealistic, and brilliant when writing code for software, and awkward and none too confident when dealing with life. Thomas is a budding tech wizard that came from St. Louis to make it in the high tech gold rush that is Silicon Valley. Judge will direct the pilot, from a script he co-wrote with Altschuler and Krinsky. The three executive produce with Rudin and 3 Arts’ Michael Rotenberg and Tom Lassally.
Miller, repped by WME and 3 Arts, plays a lead opposite Becki Newton and Scott Foley in Fox’s midseason comedy series The Goodwin Games. The show does not have a time slot and is considered dead. I hear Fox has allowed the actors to take other jobs. Foley already booked a recurring role on ABC’s Scandal, which I hear has an option to become a regular, and Newton is currently fielding pilot offers. Middleditch recently played Dwight’s (Rainn Wilson) brother in the planted Office spinoff The Farm, which is not going forward.
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