Critic’s corner: What’s on TV this weekend

Jaimie Trueblood

Silicon Valley Sunday at 10 p.m., HBO

I love the way this comedy skewers the pseudo-religiousness of high-tech gurus. The two on the show, played by Matt Ross and Christopher Evan Welch, are perfect specimens of ego- and money-driven men dressed in New Age clothing — just like the guy featured on “Veep” last week. Sadly, Welch, who plays Pied Piper benefactor Peter Gregory, died of cancer during the production of “Silicon Valley,” and Sunday’s episode is his last. The show might have provided a career breakthrough for the versatile 48-year-old actor, whose IMDb page is chock-full of impressive credits.

The Writers’ Room Friday at 9 p.m., Sundance


TV is a writer’s medium, while movies are more director-centric. Alas, this series, hosted by Jim Rash, isn’t the dissection of TV writing that it could have been. It’s really just happy-talk promotion for a different series each week. This week: “House of Cards.” Among the guests: creator Beau Willimon, actress Molly Parker, and writer Laura Eason.

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Saturday Night Live Saturday at 11:30 p.m., NBC

A conscious coupling of Andrew Garfield and Coldplay.

Veep Sunday at 10:30 p.m., HBO

Gary’s shoulder is tapped out.


Mad Men Sunday at 10 p.m., AMC

The “OK” heard round the world.

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