HBO is back in business with VEEP creator Armando Iannucci, who is now working on a space comedy for the premium cable network, Tracking Board has confirmed.
Working under the title Avenue 5, the comedy has been ordered to pilot, with filming set to begin in 2018, and additional scripts have been commissioned as well.
Logline is under wraps, but the show is described as a comedy set in the future, mostly in space.
Iannucci created the network’s flagship comedy series Veep starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus in 2012 and served as showrunner for its first four seasons before stepping down in Season 5 and beyond. David Mandel took over as whorunner.
The show was just announced to be ending after its upcoming seventh season.
Avenue 5 would seem like a departure from HBO’s current comedy slate, which includes more grounded fare like Silicon Valley, Insecure and Ballers, though it has tended towards genre fare in its dramas, including, of course, Game of Thrones, Westworld and the recently ended The Leftovers.
Currently, Fox’s The Orville is the only space-set comedy on television, though ABC is developing a live-action remake of The Jetsons.
Linda Ge | TV Editor