HBO’s new space comedy “Avenue 5,” which hails from “Veep” and “The Thick of It” creator Armando Iannucci, has suffered a setback as a fire at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden has affected one of the show’s key sets.
The series is dubbed a space tourism comedy set forty years in the future. Hugh Laurie stars as the captain of the space cruise ship Avenue 5 and is joined by the likes of Josh Gad, Zach Woods, Nikki Amuka, Rebecca Front, Lenora Crichlow, Suzy Nakamura, and Ethan Phillips.
British firefighters spent 15 hours trying to extinguish the huge blaze which is now out. The set was closed for the day when the incident took place and no injuries have been reported. In a statement, Warners says all productions were able to continue working and the Studio Tour was unaffected.
However “Avenue 5” still has two more episodes to shoot and so the team behind the show now have to figure out how to finish shooting without it. In a statement, they say: “The fire at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden has affected one of the sets of HBO’s ‘Avenue 5’. Production continues as the producers and writers assess the best plan to complete filming of the final two episodes of the series.”