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‘Avenue 5’ Trailer: Hugh Laurie Captains a Luxury Space Cruise Gone Awry in HBO Comedy From ‘Veep’ Creator (Video)

New series from Armando Iannucci debuts in January

Last Updated: November 18, 2019 @ 12:03 PM

HBO released the first trailer forĀ “Avenue 5,” the new space comedy from “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci.

Set 40 years in the future, “Avenue 5” stars Hugh Laurie as Ryan Clark, the confident and suave captain of a space cruise ship that has luxury amenities like gourmet buffets, a spa, an observation deck and yoga classes. As shown in the trailer, however, things don’t go exactly according to plan.

Avenue 5’s eight-week journey around Saturn is interrupted when the ship suddenly encounters technical difficulties, and it’s up to Ryan and his crew to calm the disgruntled passengers and find a way to deal with unexpected events onboard – though they may or may not be equipped for the task.

In addition to “House” and “Veep” alum Laurie, the cast also includes Josh Gad, Zach Woods, Rebecca Front, Suzy Nakamura, Lenora Crichlow, Nikki Amuka-Bird and Ethan Phillips.

Iannucci created the series and co-wrote the series with Simon Blackwell and Tony Roche. Executive producers include Kevin Loader, Blackwell, Roche and Will Smith. Peter Fellows is co-executive producer and Steve Clark-Hall is producer.