The INSIDER Summary:
- T.J. Miller, who plays Erlich Bachman in ‘Silicon Valley,” isn’t returning for the fifth season.
- Kumail Nanjiani, who plays Dinesh, says he’s not sure where the show will go without him.
- He thinks Miller’s departure will introduce an entirely new character dynamic to the show.
Kumail Nanjiani, who plays Dinesh Chugtai on “Silicon Valley,” said he definitely feels the loss of his costar T.J. Miller, who announced he had left the show last month after its fourth season.
“It’s very, very sad that he’s leaving,” Nanjiani told INSIDER on Tuesday. “It’s gonna be slightly weird, because that was sort of the core group of people. We were there in the pilot together.”
Miller, the actor and comedian who plays the blundering alpha male Erlich Bachman in “Silicon Valley,” told Entertainment Weekly that he left because he’s looking for a change of pace.
“I would love to do ‘The Emoji Movie’ and things like that and have the time to develop animated features,” Miller said. “I would love to continue to be involved with it, if only because fans really do enjoy the show, and they seem to enjoy the character. But ultimately, I just have to make more things and different things.'”
But his departure means that the dynamics of “Silicon Valley” will have to change. Bachman is one of the original cast members. He runs his startup incubator out of his house, aka the “Hacker Hostel,” the Palo Alto-area home where Richard Hendricks, the main character of the show and founder of Pied Piper, lives. Miller’s abrasive comedic style was one of the show’s highlights.
Nanjiani said that he’s not sure where “Silicon Valley” will go from here. Plot-wise, the actor said that he’s unsure what will become of the Hacker Hostel, and who will maintain ownership of it now that Erlich is gone.
“It’s very sad, because I don’t get to see T.J. anymore,” Nanjiani – whose film, “The Big Sick,” opens in limited release on Friday, said. “We won’t get to see Erlich. Maybe he’ll come back. I don’t know.”
In an interview with TheWrap, Miller said he felt his character felt repetitive, and he wanted to take more creative risks.
“The show is the same thing over and over,” Miller said. “I guess it’s a formula that works, but [the heroes] succeed, and then they fail, and then the failure turns into success. It’s a very cyclical show.”
Nanjiani agrees that a show like “Silicon Valley” can “get settled into familiarity” after four seasons, but he thinks the show still has its spark.
“The show’s been pretty good about putting all their characters into different positions every season,” Nanjiani told us. “The power dynamic is gonna be different, because [Erlich] was weirdly like our boss. We lived in his house.”
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