The world became a funnier place with Veep in it.The creator of that all-timer HBO TV series, Armando Iannucci, has a new show coming out on the cable network that looks every bit as biting, mean-spirited, and funny as his political comedy. Iannuci’s new series is Avenue 5, a sci-fi comedy set in space and aboard a spaceship called “The Judd.”

Avenue 5 Trailer 
Source: HBO

The show reunites Iannucci with British actor and House star Hugh Laurie, who was phenomenal on Veep as slick willy politician Tom Jane. Laurie plays the captain of the ship trying to keep everything from falling apart and everyone alive.

Laurie stars as Captain Ryan Clark and is surrounded by the likes of Josh Gad (Frozen), and Zach Woods (Silicon Valley). Gad plays Herman Judd, who’s the billionaire owner of The Judd, and Woods plays Matt Spencer, head of public relations.

Expect some five-star banter from these folks and the rest of the cast, as promised by the trailer:

There are some disaster movie elements to the story. Avenue 5 looks like the Poseidon adventure in space with crustier, meaner, and funnier characters. If a spaceship was going down, these are actors anybody would want to share laughs with before going down. It’s an impressive ensemble similar to Veep and Iannuci’s movies.

“It’s basically about people who have nothing in common apart from being in space, and they’re trying to work out how to get on with each other,” Iannucci said about the show. How many seasons the creator has planned for Avenue 5 is unknown, but fingers crossed it has as much longevity as Veep

Premiere Date
Photo: Hugh Laurie (Credit: Alex Bailey/HBO)

A few months ago, a short teaser provided little footage and information, including a premiere date for the HBO comedy.

The new trailer lets us know exactly when we can tune into the adventures of The Jud: January 19, 2020. It’ll air the same night as episodes from the new season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, so HBO is looking to start the new year off with some serious laughs.

They’re coming off a monumental year with the end of Game of Thrones and the first season of Watchmen, which is stunning in its execution and storytelling. 

Iannucci wrote, executive produced, and directed the pilot of Avenue 5 after finishing his work on an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “David Copperfield,” which he wrote and directed.

Previously, he directed In The Loop and The Death of Stalin. Iannucci’s writing couldn’t be sharper. The jokes are always unpredictable but on brand for his characters. He knows how to make comedy exciting. 

All Hail Veep (Again)

Veep earned plenty of acclaim, awards, and hardcore fans during its seven seasons on HBO, but let’s lavish the show with more praise, shall we? It’s a truly remarkable achievement of television comedy, and it never had a weak episode or storyline. Veeponly got funnier as it went along, to the point where the series finale is possibly its greatest episode.

It’s such a deeply satisfying show with reprehensible characters. The writers never softened the edges off jokes or the ensemble. The writing is dazzlingly good on Veep, and it’s not only matched but elevated by one of the finest ensembles in comedy. They make the characters from Succession look cute and cuddly by comparison.

Will Avenue 5 have a similar tone and ensemble? From the looks of it, they’re in the same wheelhouse. 

Official Avenue Five 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.