How can I get some traction in the fashion market?’ ” he said. “If you say “I want to do this, I want to make some money,” and you don’t have to think about it, you can really just get into it.”
It is the reason “Avenue Q” is now the third-highest grossing film of 2013, with about $2 billion worldwide after a record-breaking launch in 2012. (Its last four films have generated more than $1 billion overall.)
The production is in its fifth season, spending $2.7 million to make a 10-episode second season. The second show, “Avenue Q: The Next Generation,” premiered in December last year.
Mr. Miller and the cast all signed a contract for a seventh season in April. Their salaries continue to be paid by the network. The cast members declined to be interviewed, for fear of offending those in the business.
They have not been paid since they left at the end of season three, after an outcry from fans and the press over the show’s lack of diversity. The show’s lead, “D.J.,” is a white man. Several others are black actors who are credited as a co-writer or executive producer.
On the show, the production team includes people familiar with Mr. Miller’s previous show (which has a similar tone, with its black cast), which had “a more nuanced, diverse group of people and they created the story and they took it in a different direction,” said Matt Berry, president of production at HBO. At “Avenue Q” there will always be a strong ensemble, he said.
The cast is also not expected to participate in a fourth season.
“The show’s an ensemble cast and I don’t think we want to compromise on representation, diversity, or inclusion,” Mr. Berry said. “I don’t think it’s a problem now or now — not like it was then, not like it will be then, and not like it is going to be again in the future. This is a very important show, and we’ll see how it goes.”
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Mr. Miller, who is now 51, has already shown an interest in directing, and he hopes to be able to direct for another 10 episodes. As he continues to grow, he said he would probably not be on the network for more than three seasons, if not for the possibility of
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