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AsArmando IannuccisVeepis airingits final seasononHBO, the premium cable network has picked up a new series from the British creator. HBO has given a series order to Iannuccis space comedy pilotAvenue 5,starringHugh Laurie, Josh Gad, Zach Woods and Nikki Amuka-Bird.

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Created, written and executive produced by Iannucci, who directed the pilot,Avenue 5is space tourism comedy set 40 years in the future when the solar system is everyones oyster. With Hugh Laurie as the Captain, nothing can go wrong. Rebecca Front, Lenora Crichlow, Suzy Nakamura and Ethan Phillips co-star.

Kevin Loader, Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche and Will Smith executive produce.

Laurie is Ryan Clark, Captain of space cruise ship Avenue 5. Gad plays Herman Judd, the billionaire face and name behind Avenue 5 and the whole Judd brand, including hotels, fitness clubs and space tourism. Woods is Matt Spencer, Head of Customer Relations.

Amuka-Bird portrays Rav Mulcair, Head of Judd Mission Control on Earth. Front is Karen Kelly, a born leader who illicitly boarded Avenue 5 using her sisters non-transferable ticket. Crichlow plays Billie McEvoy, the second engineer. Nakamura is Iris Kimura, Judds right-hand-woman. Phillips portrays Spike Martin, an elderly space enthusiast and former astronaut who is a grizzled womanizer and heavy drinker.

Iannucci created HBOsVeepstarring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and executive produced/ran the show for its first four seasons.He stepped down in 2015, citing the toll that producing a series in the U.S. had taken on him and his London-based family, but he remained in business with HBO. Now in its seventh and final season,Veepwon three consecutive Emmys for Outstanding Comedy Series, starting with Iannuccis final season on the show.

Iannucci received an Oscar nomination for his screenplay for the film InThe Loop. His BBC seriesThe Thick of Itwas nominated for 13 BAFTA Awards, winning five during its four-season run. Hes currently in post-production onThe Personal History of David Copperfield,his film adaptation of Charles DickensDavid Copperfield.

WithAvenue 5s pickup to series, the only remaining HBO pilot is theGame of Thronesprequel starring Naomi Watts.

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