HBO renews 'Veep,' 'Silicon Valley'

LOS ANGELES - Premium television channel HBO said Monday it has renewed its political comedy "Veep" for a fifth season and its tech-savvy sitcom "Silicon Valley" for a third.

" 'Veep' and 'Silicon Valley' are terrific series and I'm immensely proud that they will return to HBO next year," said the channel's programming president Michael Lombardo.

"Along with 'Game of Thrones' and 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,' both of which have already been renewed for 2016, they give HBO a stellar Sunday night like no other," he said in a statement.

Created by Armando Iannucci, "Veep" portrays the political rise of a gaff-prone American vice president played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Season four premiered Sunday on HBO.

"Silicon Valley," which has also just started its 10-episode second season, is a humorous take on the daily life of California computer geeks.