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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...
Will we see The Outsider season 2? The HBO Stephen King adaptation was originally announced as a limited series, and the show covered the events of King’s book in full. But right before the series premiered, HBO switched things up and removed the “limited series” tag from the show. Now, the ratings are in, and it looks like The Outsider finale scored higher ratings than both Watchmen and True Detective, two very buzzworthy HBO shows. With all this in mind, it seems all but inevitable that a second season will arrive. But what the heck is it going to be about?
According to HBO, the season series? finale of The Outsider drew 2.2 million viewers across all platforms, with the series as a whole averaging 9 million viewers across all platforms. Per Variety, that’s the best performance for a new HBO drama series since Westworld season 1. On top of that, the Watchmen finale drew 1.6 million, and True Detective season 3 averaged around 8 million. The Outsider finale also drew 1 million more viewers than its premiere, which suggests the show has had some great word-of-mouth during its run. That gain is the largest from a debut to a finale for any first season of an HBO series.
That puts The Outsider in an interesting place. The series, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, seems very open-and-shut – the main storyline, about a monster that can shape-shift – is wrapped-up, just like it is in the novel. Still, there is a little wiggle room for more stories. For one thing, main character Holly Gibney, played by Cynthia Erivo, appears in several King novels. For another, the season finale has a post-credit scene involving Holly – one I won’t spoil here, just in case you’ve yet to get caught up on the show.
The fact that HBO quickly went from calling The Outsider a “limited series” to just a plain old “series” strongly indicates that conversations have already begun about potential future seasons. For the most part, I really enjoyed season 1 – although I feel like it could’ve been trimmed down to a tight 6 episodes instead of 10. That said, if they want to make more seasons where Cynthia Erivo’s Holly and Ben Mendelsohn‘s Det. Ralph Anderson investigate spooky stuff, X-Files-style, I will gladly watch.
Last Updated: March 26th
The past few years have seen a rigorous expansion of stand-up comedy after years of neglect. Hence why there are hundreds of titles in Netflix's stand-up category. Even for budding comedy fans, there's a lot of must-see specials to choose from.
So here are the 25 best stand-up specials on Netflix right now. While they may be ranked, they're all really good and deserving of your time and laughs.Netflix 1. Hannah Gadsby, Nanette
Run Time: 69 min | IMDb: 8.4/10
You'd have to be living under a rock not to have heard about Australian comic Hannah Gadsby and her must-watch stand-up special. Her hour-long set is changing the way we think about comedy, chucking the ironic detachment in the trash and instead, offering up a bit of humor interlaced with moving reflections on life. Most of Gadsby's routine chronicles the joys and hardships of being a queer woman — her childhood in Tasmania, her praise for Monica Lewinsky, her commentary on why sexuality and comedy go hand-in-hand — but she also claps back against the idols of her early life, men like Louis C.K. who've now become the problem. In other words, Gadsby's not holding any punches with this one.Netflix 2. Dave Chappelle, The Age of Spin
Run Time: 67 min | IMDb: 8/10
It's difficult to miss Dave Chappelle while skimming through Netflix's comedy offerings. After all, in less than a year, the Chappelle's Show star and co-creator debuted four — yes, four — stand-up specials on the streaming platform. Depending on who you ask, the latter two specials —Equanimity and The Bird Revelation — are either additional examples of his brilliance or signs of a celebrity rushing to maintain his cultural relevance. The first two, however — Deep in the Heart of Texas and The Age of Spin — fare much better. This is especially true of Spin, which is regarded by critics and audiences alike as one of Chappelle's better comedy offerings in recent memory. Of course, this is Chappelle we're talking about, so none of these routines are without their share of controversy.Netflix 3. Hasan Minhaj, Homecoming King
Run Time: 73 min | IMDb: 8.3/10
The Daily Show's Hasan Minhaj uses his Netflix stand-up special, Homecoming King, to weave an intricate and hilarious account of his life as a son of Indian-American immigrants. Sure that means there are plenty of funny cultural learning curves. Minhaj describes how his dad took him to Home Depot instead of Toys-R-Us for his birthday and how he struggled to fit in with a “bunch of Ryan Lochte's” in high school, but what really makes this special stand out is how Minhaj manages to be bluntly honest about the...
The release of HBO's acclaimed “Bad Education” draws near and the Hugh Jackman-led trailer for the film has finally arrived.
“Bad Education” dramatizes one of the largest education scandals in American history, with Frank Tassone Jackman, a Long Island school superintendent, and district official Pam Gluckin Allison Janney accused of stealing hundreds of thousands from the district's budget. Though their school district is on the up and up the scandal threatens to ruin everything the duo have built, spurring Jackman's character to do everything in his power to maintain order and stop the story from becoming public. The film will be released on HBO April 25.
The film's new trailer promises plenty of laughs to go along with the drama, honing in on Frank and Pam's mounting horror as their scandal unfolds. The film's narrative comes from a first-hand experience: Screenwriter Mike Makowsky was a student at one of Frank's schools when the superintendent was arrested for first-degree larceny in 2004. Despite his crimes, Frank was known for his tireless dedication to his school district, and “Bad Education” will show the man in a nuanced, morally complicated light.
IndieWire's David Ehrlich lauded “Bad Education,” which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, in his effusive review, referring to it as “diabolically smart” and a “well-calculated masterclass of narrative economy.”
“'Bad Education' always finds its way back to Frank, but Makowsky's patient script has a knack for catching the superintendent unawares,” Ehrlich wrote in his review. “Here is someone who doesn't have the good sense to realize that he's the main character of a movie; someone who thinks that he's always just outside the eye of the storm. That misperception gives Jackman the space needed to be life-sized in a way that his ‘bigger’ roles seldom have. This is the most human performance he's ever given, wrapped in translucent vanity and cut with finely sliced layers of doubt and denial.”
“Bad Education” marks a turn towards more grounded acting for Jackman, who is best known for portraying Wolverine in the “X-Men” film franchise. Jackman also starred in the 2018 political drama “The Front Runner” and stars in a lead role in Lisa Joy's upcoming “Reminiscence” science-fiction action film.
Check out the trailer for “Bad Education” below: