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HBO greenlights Armando Iannucci's new space comedy Avenue 5
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HBO greenlights Armando Iannucci's new space comedy Avenue 5

HBO have placed an order for the first season of a new comedy series created by Armando Iannucci, the man behind the network's long-running political satire Veep. Iannucci, whose other creations include TV series I'm Alan Partridge and The Thick Of It, as well as movies including The Death of Stalin, has been given the green light from HBO on a first series of Avenue 5, a new 'space tourism' comedy starring Hugh Laurie.

Precise details of the plot have been kept tightly under wraps so far, but the new series will reportedly be set approximately 40 years in the future and mostly in space. Alongside Laurie is a cast that includes Suzy Nakamura, Josh Gad, Silicon Valley's Zach Woods and The Thick Of It star Rebecca Front, all of whom are set to be series regulars.

Iannucci will serve as writer and executive producer on the new series, alongside Simon Blackwell and Kevin Loader, both of whom have written for both The Thick Of It and Veep. The news of the new commission comes as Veep's seventh and final season nears its conclusion, marking the end of a phenomenally successful run on HBO that has seen the political satire pick up a staggering 59 Emmy nominations and seven wins.

There's no mooted release date for the new series as yet, but a pilot for the show was filmed late in 2018 and the series is expected to go into production later this year.

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