HBO has renewed Bill Hader’s hitman-turned-actor comedy Barry for a second season. The well-reviewed black comedy only launched back in March. The network has also given Silicon Valley the go-ahead for a sixth season The renewal for both series comes shortly after the season premieres for each.
Barry is a depressed, low-rent hitman from the Midwest. Lonely and dissatisfied in his life, he reluctantly travels to Los Angeles to execute a hit on an aspiring actor. Barry follows his “mark” into an acting class and ends up finding an accepting community in a group of eager hopefuls within the LA theater scene. He wants to start a new life as an actor, but his criminal past won’t let him walk away —can he find a way to balance both worlds?
“While Barry has delighted audiences with its deft interplay of comedy and drama, Silicon Valley remains as brilliantly and frighteningly prescient as ever,” said Amy Gravitt, executive vice president of HBO Programming. “We’re thrilled that these two smart, funny shows are returning for another season.”
Hader is an executive producer on the series, along with Silicon Valley showrunner Alec Berg. The series debuts right after Silicon Valley Season 5 premieres as part of the HBO spring Sunday night comedy block. Hader will also be behind the camera for a handful of Barry Season 1 episodes. Barry also features Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg, Glenn Fleshler, Anthony Carrigan, Henry Winkler and D’Arcy Carden. Hader was also recently announced as the adult Richie Tozier in IT: Chapter Two.
Silicon Valley, the tech comedy starring Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Zach Woods, Jimmy O. Yang, and Amanda Crew returned for season 5 last month sans T.J. Miller as Erlich. While co-creator Mike Judge has previously said that he could imagine the show running for six seasons, he recently said that after looking at this most recent batch of episodes that the “show could go on for a while.”
Both Barry and Silicon Valley are expected to return with new episodes in 2019, though HBO did not reveal a return date for either.