HBO Orders Mike Judge Comedy and Gay Dramedy Starring Jonathan Groff to Series

     May 16, 2013


While the networks have been announcing their new series over the past few days at the upfronts, HBO is making a couple of announcements of its own.  The pay cable channel has order two pilots to series: a comedy from Mike Judge and a dramedy series centering on a group of gay men in San Francisco starring Jonathan Groff (Glee).  Judge’s dark comedy is a single-camera project that takes place “in the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success.”  The series stars T.J. Miller (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World) and Thomas Middleditch (The Campaign).

Per THR, Judge wrote and directed the pilot and will executive produce the series with John Altschuler, Dave Krinsky, and Scott Rudin.  Judge previously created and ran King of the Hill on Fox and Beavis and Butthead on MTV, and I look forward to seeing his sharp wit soar outside the confines of network TV.  Hit the jump for news regarding another new HBO series from Weekend director Andrew Haigh.

Additionally, Deadline reports that HBO has picked up to series a dramedy pilot starring Jonathan Groff.  The show revolves around three friends in San Francisco, “who explore the fun and sometimes overwhelming options available to a new generation of gay men.”  Michael Lannan wrote the pilot based on his own feature script Lorimer, and Haigh—who helmed the well-received gay drama Weekend—directed.  HBO has ordered eight episodes of the untitled series for a 2014 premiere.  Glee and Spring Awakening actor Jonathan Groff stars alongside Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett.