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Crews to film 'Silicon Valley' TV show in Palo Alto

Original post made on Mar 11, 2013

A film crew will be in downtown Palo Alto to film an HBO television show pilot today (Tuesday), according to the city.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, March 11, 2013, 2:58 PM

Comments

Posted by Mike, a resident of University South
on Mar 11, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Any street closures we need to be aware of?


Posted by Mike, a resident of University South
on Mar 11, 2013 at 4:17 pm

D`oh. Thanks for the update.


Posted by anon, a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 11, 2013 at 4:22 pm

is there someway to convince these hollywood directors not to do movies here -- i mean we don't need to advertise to people around the world that this is a great place to live. the town is crowded enough!


Posted by Extra, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Mar 11, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Do they need extras? Paly students are free during the morning!


Posted by curmudgeon, a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 11, 2013 at 4:36 pm

"Very brief "roving" road closures will also occur in the morning and early afternoon, but Perron said he doesn't expect they will have as significant an impact on traffic. There will be closures on El Camino Real between Embarcadero Road and Page Mill Road from 9 a.m. to noon, on Page Mill Road between Peter Coutts Road and El Camino Real from 9 a.m. to noon ..."

Closing our most overloaded traffic arteries during prime commute hours won't have a "significant impact on traffic" ??? Now there's a laugh for ya, and the show ain't even aired yet.


Posted by Hoover Parent, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Mar 11, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Hoover Elementary is a PAUSD commuter (choice) school on East Charleston between Middlefield Road and Alma that lets out at 2pm, right when they say they are closing that stretch of road. ...that's going to be inconvenient.


Posted by Chris Zaharias, a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 11, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Chris Zaharias is a registered user.

I will not refuse a cameo opportunity.


Posted by resident, a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 11, 2013 at 5:22 pm

I hope this show is more watchable than Zuckerberg's incredibly stupid fake Silicon Valley reality TV show.


Posted by maditalian_1492, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 11, 2013 at 5:24 pm

I hope it isn't as bad as "Start-Ups Silicon Valley" was a few short months ago. Watched about 15 minutes of that and all I could here were crickets...


Posted by local engr, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 11, 2013 at 5:58 pm

As long as they have real nerd insiders like whoever writes Big Bang Theory, they'll do well. Too bad it's going to be on HBO, I don't have cable! (Can't afford it with my SV mortgage!)


Posted by Alan, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Mar 11, 2013 at 6:01 pm

>> and on East Charleston Road between Middlefield Road and Alma Street from 2 to 3 p.m.


We need to tell the producer that this one isn't going to work. Too many kids need to get out of school at that time.


Posted by Cynthia, a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 11, 2013 at 7:06 pm

FUN!!

To those posting cranky comments, lighten up! It's not every day we have to deal with this and once in a while, it's fun to see Palo Alto selected for all to see.

I appreciate the auto message that just alerted us about it. Thanks!


Posted by YSK, a resident of Community Center
on Mar 11, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Better a film crew than another big headed politician.


Posted by Sounds Fun!, a resident of Community Center
on Mar 11, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Stanford student athletes do not go to school in the afternoons....they will be free!

I think it will be fun to see PA on national TV.

I don't think anything ,could be as bad as Zuck's sister's "mock-u entary". RIP


Posted by Resident, a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 11, 2013 at 7:16 pm

"...the opening credits begin like so: "We see shot after shot of things that pass for exciting in Silicon Valley," including the "shit brown colored hills of Mountainview," "Steve Ballmer ranting on stage," and "Elon Musk with a Rocket.""

This is going to be hilarious! Can't expect anything less from the creator of Beavis and Butthead.

Web Link


Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 11, 2013 at 10:46 pm

If they mocked our school-kids like this, it would be the definition of bullying.


Posted by Alan, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Mar 11, 2013 at 10:51 pm

> Can't expect anything less from the creator of Beavis and Butthead

I wouldn't have very high expectations of the creator of Beavis and Butthead, so don't understand why we should be closing down our streets for them. Especially during times when the kids need to get home from school in areas where their is a lot of traffic.


Posted by anonymous, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 12, 2013 at 9:43 am

I got the police notification message on my landline last night. I assume the film producers are paying for the city police security and road closures - right? Is it a flat fee to the city for film time or a time and materials billing?
And - I sincerely hope it's better than that garbage nonsense tv show that aired awhile back - emabarrassing junk.


Posted by long time resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 12, 2013 at 10:23 am

Mr. DeMille, I am ready for my close-up!


Posted by Nick, a resident of Professorville
on Mar 12, 2013 at 10:39 am

If it's as bad as Extract leave our name off please!


Posted by "fun" to see us on TV??, a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Mar 12, 2013 at 10:47 am

I wouldn't watch this sort of crap if you paid me, and I can't anyhow because I don't have cable. Why we are inconveniencing residents and workers for some low-brow comedy is beyond me. Is the City at least getting paid for this? Who gives permission to close down roads for some lame production?

Just shows how wacky people get for the chance to get ANY exposure on the Almighty TV. I guess it is good for our "brand" (tongue firmly in cheek).


Posted by anon, a resident of Evergreen Park
on Mar 12, 2013 at 11:20 am

i would be curious to know what kind of fees they paid the city??? anyone know/


Posted by Palo Alto Native, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Mar 12, 2013 at 11:24 am

It's great that Palo Alto is a destination for famous people such as Obama, other politicians, an international bicycle race, and now a movie set. For those who complain of the cost and inconvenience, I suggest you move to a rural area where nothing happens, no one will bother you, and you can go brain dead. Palo Alto has evolved, and those who can't change are free to leave, sell their houses, and take their millions elsewhere because there are plenty of people who would love to live in Palo Alto.


Posted by Jive_Ass, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 12, 2013 at 11:38 am

Just be sure to get your TPS reports in on time, and everything will work out fine.


Posted by Lumbergh, a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 12, 2013 at 11:45 am

^ +1


Posted by Robert, a resident of another community
on Mar 12, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Waaaaaaaaaaaaah! NIMBYs are going to be inconvenienced! Waaaaaaaaah!


Posted by Max Hauser, a resident of another community
on Mar 12, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Max Hauser is a registered user.

' ...directed by Judge, creator of ... "Beavis and Butt-head." '

I guess we can always hope for the best. Though history affords limited encouragement that pop culture will miss any opportunity to garble notions of "Silicon Valley" -- some of whose own local officials display unawareness of what the phrase fundamentally means, where it arose, who coined it, or (in its original, most-accurate meaning) its industry's unambiguous origin in Shockley Semiconductor (on San Antonio near the Mountain View - Palo Alto border). The first time I saw the phrase spill out of the electronics industry into a mainstream national magazine (in the late 1970s), the magazine placed "Silicon Valley" in southern California, and clarity has only diminished since.

Some local history in a COMMENT I posted to a related May-2012 MV-Voice story:

Web Link


Posted by Tom, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 12, 2013 at 9:41 pm

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Posted by milton, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Mar 13, 2013 at 5:35 am

Where's my tapler?


Posted by traffic?, a resident of University South
on Mar 13, 2013 at 6:56 am

Did anyone experience the "significant impact on traffic at University Avenue between Waverley and Webster streets from 4 to 8 p.m."????


Posted by Driver, a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 13, 2013 at 8:12 am

I was stopped by police on Alma at the Charleston intersection for about 1 minute or one green light while a strange vehicle and a bus crossed in front of us and then we were able to proceed. This was lunch time.


Posted by anonymous, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 13, 2013 at 8:37 am

A breathless and highly dazzled reporter from KTVU Channel 2 News had a segment on the taping last night. It looked cold and two actresses wearing skimpy sleeveless little black dresses and sky high spiky heels were filmed walking down University -- just a typical day at the office for these typical Silicon Valley programmers....according to Hollywood, anyway.
It looked ridiculous!


Posted by Treid it, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Mar 13, 2013 at 10:34 am

Its such a contrived semi scripted pile of rubbish...unwatchable


Posted by Marianne Mueller, a resident of Professorville
on Apr 6, 2014 at 7:59 pm

Did anyone hear what, if anything, the TV show producers donated to the city's coffers? And if zero, why? Inquiring minds etc.


Posted by resident 1, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Apr 6, 2014 at 11:40 pm

I watched the show tonight. They show an Eichler - that must be the symbol of Palo Alto. Otherwise most of the show is on a set so you don't really see anything that stands out as PA.