Star Trek: Voyager’s Neelix is headed back into space, Ethan Phillips has been announced as one of the stars of a new space comedy titled Avenue 5.
Phillips in Avenue 5
Variety is reporting that HBO has given a series order to Avenue 5, a new comedy from Veep and The Thick of It creator Armondo Iannuci. Avenue 5 is described as a space tourism comedy set 40 years in the future “when the solar system is everyone’s oyster.” The show stars House’s Hugh Laurie as the captain of the space cruise ship Avenue 5. The cast also includes Josh Gad, Zach Woods, Nikki Amuka, Rebecca Front, Lenora Crichlow, and Suzy Nakamura.
Ethan Phillips will play a character named Spike Martin, an elderly space enthusiast and former astronaut. Spike is described as “a grizzled womanizer and heavy drinker who is also surprisingly good with kids. Spike thinks he should have a higher status due to his achievements as an astronaut, but not many people know who he is. He often boasts of being the first Canadian to land on Mars, which isn’t strictly true.”
Iannuci will serve as executive producer and direct the first episode. His political comedy Veep starring Julie Louis-Dreyfus wraps up its seventh and final season this year, having garnered 59 Emmy nominations and 17 wins over its first six seasons. Iannuci first worked with Phillips in 2015 when the former Voyager star had a guest role on two episodes of Veep.
Since wrapping up his time on Voyager in 2001, Phillips has remained busy with roles on numerous television series, including recent recurring roles on highly acclaimed series like HBO’s Girls and AMC’s Better Call Saul. Avenue 5 will be Phillips’ first time as a series regular since saying farewell to his Voyager crewmates in the Delta Quadrant.
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