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The former star of the HBO series shares his thoughts on the comedy's final episode — first as himself and then as his character Erlich Bachman.
T.J. Miller has a few thoughts he'd like to share about theSilicon Valley finale.
The actor, who rose to fame playing Erlich Bachman on the HBO comedy, may have left the show unceremoniously after its fourth season, but that doesn't mean he hasn't kept up with the series. Following Silicon Valley's Sunday night finale, The Hollywood Reporter reached out to Miller to see what he thought about how showrunner Mike Judge and Alec Berg wrapped up the sixth and finale season.
Miller, in his usual unpredictable fashion, decided to answer questions first as himself and then as his former character, Erlich. Despite previously blasting the 'one note' show and the 'fucking idiots' behind it in a THRinterview days after his 2017 exit, a very earnest Miller claimsto have come around to the series, calling the finale 'perfect' — though 'Erlich' has his own reflections about the show and his exit from it: 'Did I want to be rich? Maybe at some point — but being iconic was more important.'
T.J. MILLER, AS T.J. MILLER:
Have you been watchingSilicon Valleysince you left the show?
Not regularly — only because I've been touring. I saw the first few episodes where Jin Yang tried to use a pig to impersonate my body and claim ownership of the hacker hostel, which I thought was very funny. Actually in the week before you reached out for the interview, I had been bingeing a couple episodes here and there and just finished the final season.
As a viewer, what do you think of it?
It was so interesting and quite fun to be able to watch the show as an audience member and not part of the making of it. I was able to just enjoy everyone's performance without being taken out of it by either remembering other takes from the day or what was going on in our lives the day we shot this or that, and also not having to turn into an analyst of my performance and study what was chosen and not, and then try to return to justwatching it. So it was fun to laugh at these guys who are so funny and so great and had developed these characters for so many years. I also immensely enjoyed what I had hoped — that Amanda Crew and Jin Yang and all of the characters had more room to grow and more screen time they deserved with my departure. The show really flourished and developed into something very different from when I was on it, so as always, I am a fan.
Did you watch the finale on Sunday? If so, what did you think of it?
I watched itMonday afternoonwith [his wife] Kate and it was perfect. Not at all what I expected, but perfect. Again, so interesting to not know what was going to happen the entire season. I better appreciated the way the series was always a roller coaster — when you are on the show you know how it's all...
SPOILER ALERT: This article contains details about tonight’s series finale of Schitt’s Creek.
In the penultimate episode of Schitt’s Creek, we hit one of many emotional mile markers on its journey to Tuesday night’s final hurrah with the Rose family. The scene in question shows David Dan Levy and Stevie Emily Hampshire sitting on a car in front of a house that David’s soon-to-be-husband Patrick Noah Reid wants to buy for them. It is here, where David shares one of the most touching scenes of the series with Stevie, where she tearfully asks him not to leave to New York. David cries and in turn, we all cry…and then we laugh when David asks Stevie if she was wearing deodorant. Even so, this was not the last tear shed as there were buckets more in the finale.Dan Levy, Catherine O’Hara and Noah Reid Courtesy of Pop TV
“You know, a lot of the tears were real and some were from the character,” show co-creator and star Dan Levy told Deadline in regards to shooting the series finale. “Knowing that it was the last day we were shooting on our sets, that played a part in just how special the day was. I think getting to watch our entire cast all dressed up was really emotional for all of us as well.”
Levy says that if you look in the background during one scene, Rizwan Manji who plays real estate agent Ray, is legitimately crying while videotaping David and Patrick’s wedding.
“It’s moments like that where you just realize we had a really great team and we had a collection of actors who loved each other so much and loved what they were doing and cared so deeply for the work — and you don’t get that often. Shooting that wedding scene was just so special for all of us.”Noah Reid and Emily Hampshire Courtesy of Pop TV
David and Patrick’s wedding was the perfect way to cap six seasons of the Pop TV series that Levy created with his father Eugene Levy, who plays his father Johnny — but the episode does not kick off perfectly.
On the morning of David’s big day that he has been meticulously planning with painstaking aplomb, we find out that his outdoor festival of matrimony has been rained out. Obviously, David is freaking out while his father, mother Moira Catherine O’Hara and Alexis Annie Murphy attempt to do some damage control.
Moira agrees to be the officiant after David’s “haiku-ist” is unable to attend. Meanwhile, Johnny tries to find an alternate venue — but naturally, David is still in full panic mode. Luckily, Patrick has been prepared for this. He is one step ahead of the game and has scheduled a relaxing massage for David because he had a feeling something like this would happen.
Although “The L Word: Generation Q” may have tried desperately to speak to a “new generation” of queer women and non-binary folks, fresher creative voices quickly rose to the top in its place. Though people still watched. Showtime’s “Work in Progress” was the best queer comedy of the year, Netflix’s “Feel Good” was an unexpected delight, and “Vida” is returning just in time for queer audiences to catch up on the best show about queer women of color on TV. Yet another contender released a promising first trailer today: “Betty” is a stylish and youthful portrait of Brooklyn teen skaters that already appears extremely queer.
The six-part half-hour arrives on HBO from filmmaker Crystal Moselle, who quickly made waves in 2015 with her her riveting documentary hybrid “The Wolfpack.” “Betty” is adapted from her second feature, the similarly hybridized “Skate Kitchen,” which followed a group of teenage girl skaters in New York City. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews and was released by Magnolia Pictures that year.
In his B+ review of “Skate Kitchen” out of Sundance, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote: “The streetwise alternative to ‘Girls,’ the movie weaves together such a complete vision of its subjects that the rest of the world barely exists. Of course, there's a long-standing precedent to capturing this subculture — ‘Kids’ did it, with more adventurous storytelling twists, more than 20 years ago — but Moselle's subjects hold their own with the surprising ability to clarify their emotions through the cathartic process of hanging out.”
“Betty” features many of the film’s original stars, most of whom had not acted before, including Kabrina Adams, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Rachelle Vinberg, and Ajani Russell. All accomplished skaters in their own right, the first trailer shows the charismatic crew navigating various crushes and friendship trials with compelling panache and humor.
“Betty” is directed, co-written, and executive produced by Moselle. Lesley Arfin and Patricia Breen are also co-writers. Arfin, who also EPs, is a comedy writer best known for co-creating the Netflix series “Love” with Judd Apatow and Paul Rust.
HBO will release “Betty” beginning May 1 at 11 pm ET. Check out the exciting first trailer below: