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Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-16-2014 10:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Entertainment Weekly reports that NBC has ordered a pilot for a new astronaut-themed series by comedian Will Ferrell.
The potential NBC series is titled "Mission Control" and it's set in 1962. The official description: "A workplace ensemble in the tone of 'Anchorman' examines what happens when a strong woman butts heads with a macho astronaut in the race to land on the moon."

Executive producers include Ferrell and his production partner Adam McKay, who also directed both Anchorman films. David Hornsby ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia") as pilot showrunner.

dabolton
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posted 01-17-2014 11:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dabolton   Click Here to Email dabolton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"I Dream of Jeannie" remake? I personally don't hold high hopes for this.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 01-17-2014 03:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
1960s, strong woman butts heads? She gets demoted or fired. Be interesting to see the pilot/first episode. Be disappointing if they essentially set Anchorman a decade earlier.

Fra Mauro
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posted 01-22-2014 11:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fra Mauro   Click Here to Email Fra Mauro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sounds like a waste of time. Unsealed Alien Files is more interesting!

onesmallstep
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posted 01-23-2014 01:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Actually, it could be an interesting series if it's a mix of Mad Men/The Right Stuff with comedy. Will they base the characters on real astronauts (paging Pete Conrad and Wally Schirra look-alikes) and make it a satire or broad comedy? We'll have to see.

As for strong women characters set in that era; I can think of a couple that could be used as 'based on': Dee O'Hara comes to mind, also the late artist Cece Bibby. Lots of opportunity for a 'war of the sexes'-type show. I'm surprised they didn't set it in, say, '65 or '66, during the height of Gemini-at least they would have more footage to work with, and with a possible bonus of maybe filming scenes in the actual, original MOCR at JSC (or MSC as it was known then).

Peter downunder
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posted 01-29-2014 04:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter downunder   Click Here to Email Peter downunder     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't think it would be a broad comedy if it's anything like "It's Always Sunny..." A terrific, if slightly off the wall comedy.

I hope they can pull it off.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-21-2014 04:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Deadline Hollywood reports that Krysten Ritter ("Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23", "Breaking Bad") will star in "Mission Control":
Ritter is finalizing a deal for Mission Control, from executive producers Adam McKay and Will Ferrell and writer David Hornsby.

Ritter also will serve as a producer on the project, a workplace ensemble is set in 1962 that examines what happens when a strong woman (Ritter) butts heads with a macho astronaut in the race to land on the moon.

J.L
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posted 02-23-2014 10:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for J.L   Click Here to Email J.L     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Will smoking be a requirement for this Mission Control? Details... details.

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