Denver native T.J. Miller can be a polarizing character in his hometown. Many in the comedy community see him as a local hero who's helped bring national eyes to the scene; others think he's a bro-down braggart who erroneously claimed civic pride with his "Denver" music video. Either way, though, there's no denying his mainstream success, as evidenced by last night's premiere of the Fox comedy Goodwin Games, co-starring Miller as a lovable jailbird competing against his siblings for his father's inheritance. The show comes on the heels of January's announcement that Miller will co-star in the new Mike Judge comedy pilot, Silicon Valley.
While Goodwin Games is a DOA dud, Silicon Valley will most likely be a fantastic gem that may -- or may not -- have a chance of getting picked up. It seems that Miller is taking the classic Nicolas Cage route of "safe" roles that will secure him an income, balanced by "smart" comedies that garner self-respect and long-term credibility. It's a wise route to take, but is it very Denver?
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