HBO Shoot Shuts Down Palo Alto’s University Ave.

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Traffic delays are expected on several Palo Alto streets Tuesday while crews film an upcoming comedy TV series about Silicon Valley, a Palo Alto police lieutenant said.

The filming is for a 30-minute pilot of an HBO series directed by Mike Judge. Palo Alto police Lt. Zach Perron said HBO applied for permits under the name "Untitled Silicon Valley Project."

According to the Internet Movie Database, the pilot is for a show expected to air sometime this year called "Silicon Valley."

The filming is expected to affect traffic in several spots, but the biggest impact will be on University Avenue between Waverley and Webster streets between 4 and 8 p.m.

That part of the filming will be mostly on the sidewalk but there may be intermittent lane closures on University Avenue between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Perron said.

Downtown businesses will remain open throughout the filming. This morning, from 9 a.m. to noon, crews will be filming on Page Mill Road between El Camino Real and Peter Coutts Road, and on El Camino between Embarcadero and Page Mill roads. Between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., crews will be on East Charleston Road between Alma Street and Middlefield Road.

Only minimal traffic backup is expected in those areas, police said. Police advise motorists planning to travel through the downtown area Tuesday afternoon to take alternate routes if possible. Judge is best known for directing the 1999 feature film "Office Space" and creating the animated comedy series "Beavis and Butt-head."

Entertainment news reports indicate that the show will mock the startup and technology culture in the Silicon Valley, and that the plot centers around six programmers who are living together and trying to make it big.

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