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Hugh Laurie plays Captain Ryan Clark in avenue 5a new comedy series from HBO.

Passengers and crew members aboard a luxury spaceship are in grave danger in avenue 5, HBO’s new “Space Tourism” comedy series. Judging by the first teaser, the show appears to be a sharp, witty addition to the cable giant’s programming.

Clearly there is a need for space comedy in Hollywood these days as Netflix teased its own comedy series, space powerearlier this year, with three major TV veterans The office on board, including Steve Carell as co-creator and star. Netflix has not yet released many details about the series. All we know is that “the purpose of the new branch is to ‘defend satellites from attack’ and ‘perform other space-related tasks’…or something like that,” according to the space power teaser text. “This is the story of the men and women who need to figure it out.”

We don’t know much about avenue 5, but it also has some serious comedic chops. The series is the brainchild of Armando Iannucci, best known for creating the great HBO comedy series Veep, which won multiple Emmy awards over the course of seven seasons. And before he sees Dr. Gregory House in the US, Laurie was best known across the pond for slipping it as half of the comedy duo in A little Fry and Laurie (with Stephen Fry), as well as his hilarious twists in Jeeves and Wooster and the different blackadder series.

avenue 5 takes place about 40 years in the future, when private spaceflight, aka space tourism, is all the rage. The titular space cruise ship is modeled after today’s luxury ocean liners, complete with fine dining and regular training classes. But then the ship encounters major technical problems, endangering everyone on board, as the crew does everything in their power to solve the problem while the passengers do not panic.

In addition to Laurie, the cast includes: silicone valley‘s Zach Woods as Customer Relations Director Matt Spencer, who does a really bad job of reassuring passengers when trouble starts. “This is a safe place,” he says. “Emotionally. Physically we are clearly in grave danger.” Josh Gad (Frozen 2) plays grubby billionaire Herman Judd, who owns the avenue 5 and pretends to be a man of the people, when frankly he’s quite a snob.

Captain Ryan’s job is made even more difficult by Karen Kelly (Rebecca Front), a bossy passenger who is apparently on board under false pretenses and has used her sister’s (non-transferable) ticket. Rounding out the cast are Suzy Nakamura as Iris Kimura, a co-owner of the ship; Lenora Crichlow as Second Engineer Billie McEvoy; Himesh Patel (Yesterday) as stand-up comedian Jordan Hatwal, performing on the avenue 5† and Ethan Phillips as former astronaut Spike Williams, whose drunken, womanizing ways will cause tensions.

avenue 5 comes to HBO in January 2020.

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