HBO just renewed Silicon Valley for a fifth season, but Vulture has learned one key cast member won’t be back. T.J. Miller, who plays tech incubator/marijuana maven Erlich Bachman is leaving the show at the end of the current season. “The producers of Silicon Valley and T.J. Miller have mutually agreed that T.J. will not return for season five,” a rep for HBO tells us. “In Erlich Bachman, T.J. has brought to life an unforgettable character, and while his presence on the show will be missed, we appreciate his contribution and look forward to future collaborations.” News of Miller’s departure had been rumored in Hollywood for weeks, but HBO officials declined to comment on the speculation until today’s renewal was announced.
There are only two shows that are currently still on the air that I watch every week: New Girl and Silicon Valley.
Well like two weeks ago it was announced that New Girl is ending with a bullshit only 8 episode 7th season set 3 years in the future. Now there is even more heartbreak for ole dozo on the television front as Silicon Valley will be returning next year without arguably it's most important character, Erlich Bachman.
While there's no doubt the show is about rise and fall, and rise again of Richard Hendricks. The entire show to this point would not be possible without Erlich Bachman and his incubator, where Richard, Jared, Dinesh, Gilfoyle, and Jain-Yang all live and work. He's the straw that stirs the drink, or in his case, the narrow spoon that mixes the Fage yogurt.
Whether it be his ever changing facial hair, constantly referencing his 10% stake in Pied Piper, how out of touch he is with the tech world, his way too expensive tastes given his means, his relationship with Jain-Yang, slapping children, or his one ridiculous liners, Erlich was always one of, if not the funniest character on Silicon Valley.
I'm just really bummed out that the show is going to go on without him. I honestly don't even know how it will be possible. Silicon Valley without Erlich and his incubator is like pizza a without cheese or dough. It makes me wonder how much more it could actually go all together? To me this feels like the beginning of the end for SV. Like I can't imagine there being 3 seasons of Erlich-less Silicon Valley.
My friend Pat said it perfectly about the loss of Erlich for the show.
I also don't think it was a mutual-decision for one second. I don't think T.J. Miller would want to leave Silicon Valley. He's had a nice career for sure, but to me this is the best work he's ever done. It just sucks and want legit answers.
With only 5 episodes left in this season, it means there's only 5 more episode left with Erlich. Enjoy some his best moments.