Tonight is the season 4 premiere of Silicon Valley on HBO, and things are about to change for Pied Piper. In the trailer above, we see Richard approach his friends to tell them he wants to quit, only to learn that they were about to oust him. So, instead of having Pied Piper compete against another company, this season will revolve around Richard’s attempt to use his compression technology for its best possible purpose.
In a recent interview with EW, executive producer Alec Berg dished, “The arc of the season involves Richard’s discovery of what he believes to be the ideal use of his compression technology and his efforts to pursue that in the face of internal and external struggle. Also, something burns down, and someone gets needles stuck in their face.”
Richard’s not totally on board with Pied Piper becoming a video chat franchise, and thinks his algorithms could be put be put to better use. The guys, however, don’t really care about what he thinks are the best use of his algorithms. Berg says, “There’s tension because the video chat looks like it could be the big break and the financial windfall they’ve been looking for, but Richard feels like he’s a concert pianist and he’s playing 12-bar blues.”
Read on to find out when and where to watch the show tonight.
DATE: Sunday, April 23, 2017
TIME: 10pm ET/PT
DURATION: 30 min
TV CHANNEL: HBO – Check with your local TV provider (ie. FIOS, Optimum, Time Warner) to find out what channel HBO is in your area.
EPISODE TITLE: “Success Failure”
SYNOPSIS: Collider’s synopsis of the season reads, “Season 4 starts with Pied Piper essentially dead after the user-buying scandal, and the company pivoting to their video-based PiperChat. But Richard (Thomas Middleditch) isn’t satisfied with this use of his compression algorithm, and even though the company is doing well Richard is still seen as poison among Silicon Valley VCs.”
Thomas Middleditch as Richard
TJ Miller as Erlich Bachman
Zach Woods as Jared Dunn
Kumail Nanjianias Dinesh
Martin Starr as Gilfoyle
Amanda Crew as Monica
Josh Brener as Big Head