The ‘Veep’ Creator’s New HBO Show Sounds Like Another Hit

In any other year, you could argue this was a terrible year for TV. Within a month’s time, the great HBO comedy Veep will air its final episode. Around the same time, Game of Thrones will also conclude following its eighth season.

Meanwhile, fans of Showtime’s Homeland will have to say goodbye to that franchise after the network runs its final episodes late in 2019. If you’re keeping score, that’s the best comedy of the decade, a cultural juggernaut, and the top political thriller all departing within six months.

The good news is there are plenty of shows being renewed and ordered as new series. On HBO, Bill Hader’s Barry will return for a third season, and Pamela Adlon’s Better Things will get a fourth. Over on Epix, Get Shorty has a third season in the works.

So all is not lost. In fact, fans of Veep creator Armando Iannucci’s work have reason to cheer as well. A new series by Iannucci is heading to HBO with familiar faces.

Iannucci’s ‘Avenue 5’ will run on HBO and star Hugh Laurie.

Armando Iannucci attends the premiere of the seventh and final season of HBO’s “Veep” on March 26, 2019. | Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

Iannucci’s new show is Avenue 5, and it will be a comedy about space tourism set in the 2060s. The Veep creator also came up with the idea for this show and wrote the story. He will executive produce, Variety reported.

According to reports, Iannucci got the OK for Avenue 5 after directing the pilot. He and his team will begin work on the remainder of episodes for the first season.

Fans of Hugh Laurie, who plays Tom James on Veep, will see the star again in the lead role. Zach Woods, another former Veep actor who was also part of the Silicon Valley cast, joins Laurie and Josh Gad, among others, in the cast for the show.

Considering Iannucci’s track record with Veep, Death of Stalin, and The Thick of It, the project looks like more than a safe bet for HBO.

Instead of clueless politicians, ‘Avenue 5’ zeroes in on billionaire space travelers.

Hugh Laurie has had recurring role as Tom James on ‘Veep.’ | HBO

You might argue that Veep worked so well because it treated American politicians with the appropriate level of respect. Iannucci definitely took the same approach with Stalin’s cronies in his 2018 feature film.

In Avenue 5, Iannucci and his creative team will turn their focus on another part of of society not known for self-awareness: billionaires. Every once in a while, you hear a story about Richard Branson or Jeff Bezos investing in space travel … this sounds like their world.

According to Deadline, Gad plays Hermann Judd, “the billionaire face and name behind Avenue 5 and the whole Judd brand, including hotels, fitness clubs and space tourism.” Woods sounds perfectly cast as his head of customer relations.

Laurie plays Ryan Clark, the captain in charge of the ship. With another solid cast and a great story idea, it looks like Iannucci and HBO have yet another hit on the way.

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