The new Hugh Laurie comedy series from “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci is set to premiere Jan. 19 on HBO, and the pay cabler has just released the official trailer, which you can watch below.
The series, “Avenue 5,” stars Laurie as Ryan Clark, the confident and suave captain of a space cruise ship with luxury amenities including gourmet buffets, a spa, an observation deck and yoga classes. HBO notes that the show is set 40 years in the future when traveling the solar system is no longer the stuff of sci-fi fantasy, but a booming, multibillion-dollar business.
“As the series begins, Avenue 5’s eight-week journey around Saturn is under way and its systems are optimal. But when the ship suddenly encounters technical difficulties, 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,” HBO says.
In addition to Laurie (“House M.D.”), the series stars Josh Gad (“Murder on the Orient Express”), Zach Woods (“Silicon Valley”), Rebecca Front (“Poldark,” BAFTA winner for “The Thick of It”), Suzy Nakamura (“Dr. Ken”), Lenora Crichlow (“Being Human”), Nikki Amuka-Bird (“Quarry”) and Ethan Phillips (“Inside Llewyn Davis”).
The series is created by Armando Iannucci; teleplay by Armando Iannucci, Simon Blackwell and Tony Roche; story by Armando Iannucci; executive producers, Armando Iannucci, Kevin Loader, Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, Will Smith; co-executive producer, Peter Fellows; produced by Steve Clark-Hall.
Here’s a look …