By Dan Snierson
March 11, 2019 at 02:45 PM EDT
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HBO wants to remain a good judge of character(s).

The network announced on Monday that it had given a series production commitment to not one but two series from Silicon Valley co-creator/executive producer Mike Judge.

QualityLand, which is set in the near future, unspools the story of “humanity’s struggle against the tyranny of convenience — but funny,” according to the logline. Judge will serve as executive producer and co-writer alongside Josh Lieb (The Daily Show). The series is based on Marc-Uwe Kling’s life-optimization satirical novel QualityLand.

The second project, titled A5, is a limited series, and follows a bioengineer who discovers the gene that is responsible for turning people into, well, assholes. The protagonist will attempt to “answer the questions nagging at all of us: Why do assholes exist? Why have they come to dominate our culture? And can they be cured?”

Judge will co-write A5 with Silicon Valley producer Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder), and both will serve as executive producers.

QualityLand and A5 are the first projects announced as part of an overall exclusive two-year deal that Judge is signing with HBO.

The creator of Beavis and Butt-head and co-creator of King of the Hill also wrote and directed the big-screen comedies Office Space and Idiocracy. In addition, he’s the creator and narrator of the Cinemax animated series Mike Judge Presents: Tales From the Tour Bus.

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