HBO’s newest comedy Avenue 5, a truly fun science fiction romp, has been renewed for a second season. The series is from Veep creator Armando Iannucci and takes place 40 years in the future when space tourism is a booming billion dollar industry with cruise ships and all.

The series has a stellar cast (pun intended) including Hugh Laurie, Lenora Chrichlow, Josh Gad, Zach Woods, Suzy Nakamura and Rebecca Front just to name a few. Keen-eyed Star Trek fans will recognize Ethan Phillips from Star Trek: Voyager. 

“It was so great to be back again with HBO for the first season of AVENUE 5, so I’m doubly thrilled that HBO have now seen fit to put Captain Ryan Clark and his passengers and crew through even more physical and emotional hell next year too,” says Iannucci. “Nobody provides angst-ridden laughs better than Hugh Laurie, and we’re looking forward to seeing what further impossible situations and existential crises we can plunge him, Josh Gad and the rest of our fantastic cast into next. To the end of season one and beyond (into season two)!”

Laurie added, “It’s thrilling to discover that space isn’t finite after all. I’m very excited to be continuing on this journey with Armando and HBO, and also an amazing group of actors and writers who make me laugh every day. Here’s to the future!”

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Avenue 5 is currently airing on HBO. If you haven’t had a chance to watch, check out the very entertaining trailers below.

Set 40 years in the future when the solar system is the world’s oyster, Avenue 5 follows the captain and crew of a luxury space cruise ship as they navigate disgruntled passengers and unexpected events after experiencing technical difficulties onboard. 

Audrey Kearns