TNT to Air 'Pirates of Silicon Valley' in Tribute to Steve Jobs

UPDATED: The cable network will broadcast two special presentations of the Emmy nominated telefilm Thursday night; star Noah Wyle recalls meeting the Apple co-founder.
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"Pirates of Silicon Valley"

TNT will pay tribute to late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs on Thursday night by airing two broadcasts of its 1999 Emmy-nominated telefilm Pirates of Silicon Valley.

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TNT will broadcast the 1999 telefilm starring Noah Wyle as Jobs on Thursday at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Pirates of Silicon Valley, which co-stars Anthony Michael Hall as Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Joey Slotnick as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, revolves around the race between Apple Computers and Microsoft from early dorm-room tinkering days to the companies’ boardroom battles.

Wyle, in a statement issued to THR, recalled his time meeting Jobs and the work he put in to portraying him onscreen.

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"Portraying him in Pirates of Silicon Valley was as challenging and as fulfilling of a role as I will have in my career," he said. "I had the honor of meeting him shortly after the movie aired and was struck by his sincerity and self-deprecating sense of humor. We have lost a visionary whose innovations will continue to impact our society forever."

"My condolences and thoughts are with his family who will certainly miss him most as a husband and father," he noted.

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The telepic, written and directed by Martyn Burke who adapted the project from the best-selling book Fire in the Valley by Paul Frieberger and Michael Swaine, earned five Emmy nominations, including for outstanding made for TV movie and writing for a movie.

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Jobs died Wednesday after a seven-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 56.

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