After the incredible success of “Veep,” you might expect creator Armando Iannucci to stick with a political satire for his next HBO comedy series. Instead, it appears that he’s going in a completely new direction with his sci-fi comedy “Avenue 5.”
As seen in the first trailer for the series, “Avenue 5” takes place in the future when tourists hop on space ships for vacations. But much like the cruise ships of today, the space ships of the future are not completely safe and secure, especially when you’re floating in the dark void of outer space. So, when things begin to mess up on the ship’s voyage, the people start to get a little crazy.
The series stars Hugh Laurie, Josh Gad, Zach Woods, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Rebecca Front, Lenora Crichlow, Suzy Nakamura, and Ethan Phillips. As mentioned, “Avenue 5” comes from the mind of Iannucci, who is probably best known for the Emmy Award-winning series “Veep,” as well as various films such as “The Death of Stalin” and most recently, “The Personal History of David Copperfield.”
“Avenue 5” is expected to premiere on HBO in January 2020.
Here’s the synopsis:
Avenue 5 is a space tourism comedy set 40 years in the future when the solar system is everyone’s oyster. Hugh Laurie will star as the Captain, and with him in charge, nothing can go wrong.