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‘Avenue 5’ Renewed for Season 2 at HBO

Armando Iannucci-created comedy premiered Jan. 19

“Avenue 5” has been renewed for Season 2 at HBO, the premium cable channel announced Thursday.

Created and executive produced by “Veep” mastermind Armando Iannucci, the comedy is set 40 years in the future when traveling the solar system is no longer the stuff of sci-fi fantasy, but a booming, multibillion-dollar business. The show’s nine-episode first season premiered Jan. 19.

“Avenue 5” stars Hugh Laurie as Avenue 5 Captain Ryan Clark; Josh Gad as billionaire Herman Judd, the mercurial face and name behind Avenue 5; Zach Woods as head of customer relations Matt Spencer; Rebecca Front as strong willed passenger Karen Kelly; Suzy Nakamura as Iris Kimura, Judd’s right hand woman; Lenora Crichlow as engineer Billie McEvoy; Nikki Amuka-Bird as Rav Mulcair, head of Judd Mission Control; and Ethan Phillips as Spike Martin, a space enthusiast and former astronaut.

Guest stars for Season 1 include Andy Buckley (“The Office”) as Karen’s husband Frank; Jessica St. Clair (“American Housewife”) and Kyle Bornheimer (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) as feuding couple Mia and Doug; Neil Casey (HBO’s “Silicon Valley”) as Cyrus, an Avenue 5 engineer; Matthew Beard (“The Imitation Game”) as Rav’s deputy Alan Lewis; Himesh Patel (“Yesterday”) as stand-up comedian Jordan Hatwal; Paterson Joseph (“Timeless”) as Judd’s business rival Harrison; and Daisy May Cooper (“This Country”) as Sarah, a member of the bridge crew.

“We’ve loved every minute of ‘Avenue 5’s’ inaugural voyage,” HBO’s executive vice president of programming, Amy Gravitt, said. “Armando Iannucci and his team are masters of smart and incisive comedy, and the ensemble cast, brilliantly captained by Hugh Laurie, is second to none. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for our hapless heroes in season two.”

“It was so great to be back again with HBO for the first season of ‘Avenue 5,’ so I’m doubly thrilled that HBO have now seen fit to put Captain Ryan Clark and his passengers and crew through even more physical and emotional hell next year too,” Iannucci said. “Nobody provides angst-ridden laughs better than Hugh Laurie, and we’re looking forward to seeing what further impossible situations and existential crises we can plunge him, Josh Gad and the rest of our fantastic cast into next. To the end of season one and beyond (into season two)!”

“It’s thrilling to discover that space isn’t finite after all,” Laurie added. “I’m very excited to be continuing on this journey with Armando and HBO, and also an amazing group of actors and writers who make me laugh every day. Here’s to the future!”

“Avenue 5” is executive produced by Iannucci, Kevin Loader, Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, Will Smith, co-executive produced by Peter Fellows and Becky Martin, and produced by Steve Clark-Hall.

The series is a co-production with Sky UK.

“Avenue 5” airs Sundays at 10/9c on HBO.

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