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“They have been unbelievably supportive,” Alec Berg told The Hollywood Reporter’s Comedy Showrunner Roundtable of working with HBO, but added, “Just because we can do anything doesn’t mean we should.”
The showrunner and writer of Barry and Silicon Valley explained that he has toyed with the idea of featuring nudity on Silicon Valley, which follows the personal and business lives of tech nerds whose lives tend to be void of regular sex. Though considered, Berg explained that nudity wouldn’t necessarily serve the series’ story.
Berg also addressed how Barry has been hailed for including #MeToo narratives in episodes. He explained that though ironic, the storylines weren’t purposeful of the current climate: “We shot the show, seven or eight months ago — #MeToo wasn’t a thing.”
Berg, though, did acknowledge that fans have praised the show’s progressive storylines: “There’s a scene where a character is talking to an agent who may or may not sign her, and he basically says he’s deciding to fuck her or sign her, which is something I heard an agent say.”
“That one went in the memory bank,” he said of the unnamed agent’s remarks.
Berg has 14 career Emmy nominations, including mentions for best comedy, outstanding writing for a comedy series and outstanding directing for his work on Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Silicon Valley.
The full Emmy Roundtables will air every Sunday on SundanceTV beginning June 24 and on THR.com the following Monday. The full Comedy Showrunner Roundtable starring Whitney Cummings, Pamela Adlon, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Justin Simien, Alec Berg and Mike Schur will air July 29 on Sundance TV. Tune in to THR.com/roundtables for more roundtables featuring talent from the year’s top shows.