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  • #248067

    performingmonkey

    Starring Hugh Laurie, and Rebecca Front’s in it, for crying out loud, as well as the brilliant Lenora Crichlow. Of great interest, indeed….!

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/armando-iannuccis-space-comedy-avenue-5-ordered-series-at-hbo-1203748?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

    #248093

    si

    Hmmmm. Sounds interesting.

    #248094

    John Hoare

    The fascinating thing about this is that Iannucci has gone on record before about his distaste for Red Dwarf.

    It’ll be interesting to see what his version of a space sitcom is, and how it differs.

    #248096

    si

    There’ll be some patio doors, I imagine.

    #248125

    Dave

    The fascinating thing about this is that Iannucci has gone on record before about his distaste for Red Dwarf.

    I don’t think I ever heard about this. What did he say?

    #248175

    Ridley

    “If you like Red Dwarf, you’ll love Hyperdrive.”

    #248177

    performingmonkey

    Makes no sense why he’d diss Dwarf.

    #248178

    Darrell

    I can’t wait to see the angry middle aged one who swears creatively, the harangued older one who doesn’t do much but gets dragged along, the naive younger one who doesn’t have a personality but usually connects the subplots at the end, and two tutting women with no funny lines to say who are just Dorothy and Deborah from Men Behaving Badly but power-dressed. With starfields behind the windows.

    #248180

    Plastic Percy

    What about the aging career woman with a strained marriage and worries about her femininity?

    #248185

    John Hoare

    I don’t think I ever heard about this. What did he say?

    A certain Seb Patrick went to a Q&A with Armando Iannucci, and he said he didn’t really like Red Dwarf. I’m sure he talked about it on here, but I’m buggered if I can find the thread now.

    #248186

    Dave

    Ah, I found this (second comment down).

    https://www.ganymede.tv/2006/02/its-a-pod/

    Thanks John.

    #248187

    si

    Thohn.

    #256060

    Warbodog
    #256064

    GlenTokyo

    It’s like Fhloston Paradise from The Fifth Element but a TV show.

    It’ll obviously be decent, what with the writers and cast, but surprised at how unextraordinary it looks to say it’s a HBO show, not that it looks bad.

    #256065

    GlenTokyo

    Maybe that’s more a reflection on how normal TV has come on though in comparison to Premium cable channels.

    Anyway, will watch.

    #256071

    Dave

    Looks good I reckon.

    #256085

    Warbodog

    Not watched Veep, so I don’t know how Armando’s Americanization’s gone. He’s the only writer for this listed on reliable old Wikipedia, so I don’t know if he’ll be delegating or not. Starts in January, definitely worth a try.

    #256088

    si

    Yes, looks very decent.

    #256147

    Lily

    So how does one watch HBO shows in the UK anyway?

    #256148

    GlenTokyo

    It’ll probably be on Sky Atlantic.

    #256230

    performingmonkey

    It’s a shame Capaldi’s not leading this tbh. Obviously, Hugh is more known to American audiences.

    For a moment it looked like there was a huge disaster, leaving minimal crew, but Armando wouldn’t do that….?? You also just know the ‘notes’ from HBO, telling him to tap into ‘The Good Place’-type vibes, constantly kept dropping. Much like everything had to be like ‘The Office’ for a number of years.

    Still, Rebecca Front and all that!!

    #256234

    Warbodog

    It’s a shame it’s not “Hello” Hugh from The Armando Iannucci Shows, but he would be 106, if he wasn’t dead.

    #256303

    Taiwan Tony

    ^ I read that in the style of Hugh from the Armando shows. His legacy will live on.

    #256918

    Veni

    Looks very, very good from the recent trailers I’ve been seeing. Surprising as I’m rather tired of seeing attempted satire of capitalism in a space setting, and it’s very often done terribly with all the subtlety of a claw-hammer to the groin ala The Outer Worlds (if any of you boomers have played it).

    #257166

    Dave

    This has started now, although it’s not on in the UK until Wednesday. Anyone catch it yet?

    #257192

    Paul Muller

    Watched the first episode last night. It’s a weird one, the whole thing felt a bit stilted and artificial. Hugh Laurie was great though, and there were a couple of very funny moments. Hopefully it’ll pick up a bit as it goes on.

    #257219

    Dave

    I watched the first episode tonight. I wasn’t that sold on it at the start but it got better as it went on, and the second half was pretty good. I think it definitely has potential and I think the cast is already working well together.

    #257232

    si

    Watched it. Enjoyed it.

    Thanks.

    #257233

    si

    Watched it. Enjoyed it.

    Thanks.

    #257234

    si

    Twice, evidently.

    #257235

    quinn_drummer

    I enjoyed that. Definitely worth watching. Cool premise, funny throughout. Good set of inter characters and a really good cast that work well together.

    Looking forward to the next episode.

    #257240

    NoFro

    Yeah thought this was a really good start.

    #257368

    Shoes Have Soles

    This will probably be made into a movie with no problems then.

    #257371

    Darrell

    I enjoyed it but I am also uninterested in ‘a load of cunts being cunts to each other’ as a sitcom genre so we’ll see as it goes on.

    It did feel like the violence and swearing was quite tacked-on though, as though there was something more accessible and networky at its heart that had been dressed up unconvincingly in ‘adult’ clothes. There’s something jarring about its shoutiness/grimness that felt to me like they were embarrassed that they’d come up with a solidly mainstream show, panicked and jammed it awkwardly back into their comfort zone.

    #257372

    quinn_drummer

    I’m not entirely sure I watched the same show as Darrell “‘a load of cunts being cunts to each other” is not how I’d describe it at all.

    #257373

    Dave

    Although some of them were definitely cunts.

    #257374

    Darrell

    Its tone is definitely that same fight-or-flight, aggressively hostile thing of everything Iannucci’s done since Thick Of It. I just struggle to buy into *any* sitcom, not just this, where most of all the characters are varying degrees of school bully/sociopath/nihilist and every other line is a put-down. It’s utterly dispiriting.

    It might settle down, and I’m intrigued enough by the world, cast and story to continue watching, especially as there’s a John Finnemore episode coming up. But it needs to lighten up as it is fighting itself. The best joke – the background screen with Laurie’s multilingual greetings – was its daftest. If it just relaxes out of that angsty Thick Of It default it’ll work.

    #257375

    Dave

    Oh, I didn’t know John Finnemore was going to be in it. Great.

    #257378

    Darrell

    He’s got a guest role and also he’s written one.

    #257379

    Dave

    That should be good.

    #257403

    Seb Patrick

    I quite enjoyed the first episode and I liked the twist about Hugh Laurie’s character as a meta joke about his terrible American accent.

    But blimey, eh, considering Iannucci’s on the record about never having been interested in Red Dwarf… very familiar aesthetic in the scenes in the engineering area, eh?

    #257406

    si

    He’s not wrong, y’know.

    #257409

    Hamish

    About not being interested in Red Dwarf?

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