Avenue 5 premiered last night on HBO. It's from Armando Iannucci, the creator of VEEP. It's a 30 minute sitcom-ish (ie, typical HBO-style comedy), comes on after The Outsider. Hugh Laurie and Josh Gad are the biggest names. From wiki: Avenue 5 has been described as "set in the future, mostly in space." Onboard the interplanetary cruise ship the Avenue 5, a massive systems malfunction sends the titular vessel far off course. It's estimated it will take the ship years to return to Earth, and with only enough supplies to sustain her many passengers for the intended eight week long cruise, the crew of the Avenue 5 must struggle to maintain order and return the craft safely. So what did everyone think? I'm kinda mixed on this one. I thought the silliness become almost overwhelming about halfway thru, but then it started to jell (a little). IOW, I went from "I can't watch this" to "I'll give it a chance". In its favor, it has Hugh Laurie, almost universally good. Also Iannucci, who created one of the best shows in HBO history, VEEP. Plus, it's HBO. Going against it is Josh Gad, who (IMHO) is one of those actors that has the magical ability to make almost any show unbearable. I'm hoping this follows the VEEP path, which started good but unspectacular, and quickly became... spectacular. Your thoughts?