HBO announced today that the Emmy-winning HBO comedy series Silicon Valley will return for its fifth season Sunday, March 25 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT). The network released a new photo and trailer featuring the first Season 5 footage, which briefly addresses the absence of T.J. Miller's character, Erlich Bachman, which was confirmed last May with HBO renewing the show for Season 5, and also announcing that T.J. Miller will be leaving the show. Unfortunately for the Pied Piper team, Erlich Bachman's departure means that the rest of the guys are now homeless.
The final moments of the trailer feature Bertram Gilfoyle (Martin Starr), Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) and Dinesh Chugtai (Kumail Nanjiani) trying to get into their home, but they realize the key doesn't work. Jian Yang (Jimmy Yang) then opens the door, calmly smoking a cigarette, stating that Bachman is gone, and that the house is his "incubator" now. From the beginning of the show, it was Bachman's house that this group launched their business in, after Bachman made millions selling his airline aggregator software. While we don't get any specific details about why Bachman left, Jimmy was the only tenant of the house that wasn't involved in the incubator, and when Bachman left, he seemingly took control of the house.
T.J. Miller revealed he left Silicon Valley to, "devote more time to this myriad of projects that I have going on." Judging from this trailer alone, it doesn't seem like fans will get too much of an explanation as to why Bachman just packed up and left, but the trailer opens with Richard getting extremely nervous when first meeting his new Pied Piper staff, and when Jared Dunn (Zach Woods) tells Richard he's going to say a few opening remarks, he retreats to his office to throw up, not realizing the office has glass walls and everyone can see him. There is also a brief scene where Monica (Amanda Crew) mentions that they will have a staff of 50.
There is also a brief scene where Richard meets a surprisingly-happy Gavin Belson (Matt Ross), who asks him how his company is going. In the Season 4 finale, Belson threatens to destroy Pied Piper, while Richard threatens to not only destroy Hooli, the company Richard used to work for that Gavin was reinstated as CEO of, while Richard shot back threatening to make Hooli and the server business in general, completely obsolete. It seems that cooler heads have prevailed with these two, but it remains to be seen how long that will last for, but Richard still seems quite determined to create a "new internet" this season.
This year marks the rare occasion that the Silicon Valley and Veep premieres were not announced at the same time, since Veep has long followed Silicon Valley on Sunday nights. This year, though, the production has been delayed after the news that star Julia Louis-Dreyfus was diagnosed with breast cancer. Silicon Valley 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. A collaboration between Mike Judge and Alec Berg, Silicon Valley's season five cast includes Thomas Middleditch, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener, Amanda Crew, Matt Ross, Suzanne Cryer and Jimmy O. Yang. Mike Judge, Alec Berg, Clay Tarver, Michael Rotenberg, Tom Lassally, Jamie Babbit, Jim Kleverweis executive produce; created by Mike Judge & John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky. Take a look at the new trailer and photo below, courtesy of HBO YouTube.