Avenue 5: HBO cancels live-action sci-fi comedy after its run of two season – Check out the potential reason

HBO scraps off its live-action sci-fi comedy series Avenue 5 after season two.

HBO has announced that it has decided to scrap Avenue 5 after its two season run. The series starred Hugh Laurie, Josh Gad, Lenora Crichlow, Zach Woods, Suzy Nakamura, Rebecca Front among others. The comedy drama shows the tragedy of the crew and passengers of space cruise ship, Avenue 5, as they are knocked off course and the head engineer dies. This leaves their not-so-qualified captain, played by Laurie, in charge of the vessel in crisis.

Avenue 5 has joined the list of live-action sci-fi comedies being cancelled early. The list also includes Netflix’s Space Force, starring Steve Carell. Another series of same genre, The Orville, led by Seth McFarlane, is yet to be renewed by Hulu.

The series premiered in early 2020 and quickly earned the green light for its second installment. But the second season was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which was later released in October 2022. The extended time gap between two seasons might be the potential reason behind HBO cancelling the series. Another potential reason might be the actors being released from their contracts. The show’s lead Laurie signed to be lead in the third season of Tehran.

Could Avenue 5 find a new home somewhere else?

There are chances that the series might find a new home if the producers could shop the series to other networks and streaming services for third season. However, it is unlikely since the creator is already in production on HBO’s upcoming comedy, The Franchise with Sam Mendes.