Avenue 5 – Armando Iannucci 'space comedy' gets greenlit at HBO

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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

    G&T Admin

    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

    G&T Admin

    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.

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