Looks like HBO has just shored up its Sunday night schedule for next year.
The network announced today that it has ordered a third season of Silicon Valley and a fifth season of Veep. The critically admired comedies—which air at 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. respectively, following Game of Thrones—returned to the air last night with their season premieres. Like Veep, the tech world-satirizing Silicon Valley was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series last year, while Veep star Julia-Louis Dreyfus has claimed the Outstanding Lead Actress trophy three years running for her portayal of foul-mouthed vice president-turned-POTUS Selina Meyer.
“Veep and Silicon Valley are terrific series, and I’m immensely proud that they will return to HBO next year,” the network’s president of programming Michael Lombardo said in a statement. “Along with Game of Thrones and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, both of which have already been renewed for 2016, they give HBO a stellar Sunday night like no other.”
The Veep news comes at a time when the show is in leadership transition. Armando Iannucci announced last week that he was stepping down as the showrunner, with Seinfeld/Curb Your Enthusiasm producer David Mandel taking command.
In a related video, watch Julia Louis-Dreyfus discuss the fourth season of Veep at her recent EW Cover Shoot: