HBO Renews Barry and Silicon Valley

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HBO Renews <i>Barry</i> and <i>Silicon Valley</i>

Not long after the season premieres of both comedy series, HBO has renewed its newest show Barry for a second season and Silicon Valley for its sixth. Amy Gravitt, executive vice president of HBO Programming, made the announcement Thursday, saying, “While Barry has delighted audiences with its deft interplay of comedy and drama, Silicon Valley remains as brilliantly and frighteningly prescient as ever. We’re thrilled that these two smart, funny shows are returning for another season.”

Barry launched its eight-episode first season on March 25 and is doing incredibly well. Created by Alec Berg and Bill Hader, the series stars Hader in the title role, playing a “depressed, low-rent hitman from the Midwest who finds himself drawn into a community of acting students while on a hit job in L.A. He wants to start a new life, but his criminal past won’t let him walk away. Can he find a way to balance the two worlds?” The show has been widely hailed by critics, with an impressive Metascore of 83. The show’s first season will conclude on May 13.

The Emmy-winning Silicon Valley premiered its eight-episode fifth season on March 25, as well. The hit comedy series “takes a comic look at the modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success.” The current season has received a wave of positive critical responses, as well, with a rock-solid 73 Metascore. Silicon Valley’s fifth season will also end on May 13.

Watch Paste’s Keri Lumm talk Barry with Bill Hader below.

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