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TV Critic’s Corner

For ‘Silicon Valley,’ the end will come quickly

Kumail Nanjiani and Martin Starr in HBO’s “Silicon Valley.”
Kumail Nanjiani and Martin Starr in HBO’s “Silicon Valley.”(John P. Fleenor/HBO)

Some good news: Rather than stretch out the later years of “Silicon Valley,” the once-vital comedy that has grown a bit tired, HBO has announced that the show will end after the next, sixth season.

Also, the final season will be a shortie — only seven episodes. It will premiere later this year, making 2019 a significant year of HBO endings. “Game of Thrones” and “Veep” just finished their runs on the cable channel.

For its first few seasons, “Silicon Valley” felt very much on top of the moment in the tech world. But at this point the high-stakes chess game among the bigwigs and little guys is getting repetitive, along with each character’s shtick. It’s time to wrap up this particular story, and I’m glad all involved agree.

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Matthew Gilbert can be reached at gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.