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Robert Pearlman
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'Astronaut Wives Club' being developed as ABC TV series

A best-selling book about the women behind America's original astronauts is now being adapted for television by the co-creator of "Gossip Girl."

ABC has given the "go" for producer Stephanie Savage to pen a limited drama series based on author Lily Koppel's "The Astronaut Wives Club," the entertainment news site Deadline Hollywood broke Wednesday (Oct. 16). The TV show is reportedly being fast-tracked, possibly for summer 2014.

...the ABC Studios' limited event series is being helmed by Groundswell Productions ("Milk") and Fake Empire, Josh Schwartz's and Savage's production company best known for developing "Gossip Girl" for The CW network, NBC's "Chuck" action-comedy series and The CW's "Sex and the City" prequel, "The Carrie Diaries."

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While I'll agree Gravity wasn't a documentary (but was fun), the network folks involved makes me afraid, very afraid.

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If the "Astronaut Wives Club" television project becomes a hot commodity next summer, the wives themselves might make for some good guests at the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation show next year. That would make things interesting.

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Well, the 'Pan Am' series was hardly history but it was entertaining (and I was sad to see it not get picked up for second season). I'd imagine this new series would be somewhere within the same ballpark...

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If the writing is as good as "Mad Men", then it ought to be something worth watching.

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One thing to keep in mind... this is being developed as a "limited series," which is to say an extended miniseries. It leaves open the option for ABC to expand the show to a full season, but without the initial commitment.

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I thought the Jay Barbree book "Live from Cape Canaveral" was the one being considered by the writers of Mad Men...

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Correct, to keep things separate:
  • "The Astronaut Wives Club" for ABC is based on the book by the same title by Lily Koppel
  • "Cocoa Beach" (working title) is being developed by the writers of "Mad Men" and is intended to be a fictional series based loosely on Jay Barbree's "Live from Cape Canaveral"
  • Primeridian Entertainment is developing a space race-themed series, based on Matthew Brzezinski's "Red Moon Rising" and penned by "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" screenwriter and director Nicholas Meyer

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Hopefully the series will be better than the book. I had to stop reading it, as Koppel's style and factual errors were very frustrating.

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Variety reports that ABC has now ordered a pilot for "Astronaut Wives Club":
From Stephanie Savage, “Astronaut Wives Club” tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race. Fake Empire’s Savage, Josh Schwartz and Len Goldstein along with Groundswell are exec producing the drama.

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Entertainment Weekly reports that ABC has green-lit the series:
Astronaut Wives Club promises to tell "the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race." ABC has ordered 10 episodes straight to series.

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From today's collectSPACE article:
JoAnna Garcia Swisher is first lead to be announced for "Astronaut Wives Club," a 10-episode series based on Lily Koppel's same-titled 2013 book about the women behind America's first astronauts. Helmed by Stephanie Savage, the co-creator of "Gossip Girl," "Astronaut Wives Club" is set to launch on ABC this summer.

Swisher will trade in her mermaid tail as "Ariel" on ABC's "Once Upon a Time" for the role of Betty Grissom, the real life wife of Mercury astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom, whose spacecraft promptly sank to the oceanfloor after splashing down from space.

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The Houston real estate blog Swamplot reports on location scouting for the astronaut homes to be shown in "Astronaut Wives Club":
The homes depicted in the teevee version of The Astronaut Wives Club may turn out to be a bit more landlocked than the actual Space Age family spreads they're modeled after.

Location scouts for the upcoming ABC mini-series, which will be based on the book by Lily Koppel, appear to be steering clear of the actual Clear Lake-area neighborhoods the original 7 astronaut families lived in — and pushing west instead.

Real estate agent Robert Searcy tells Swamplot the location scouts who contacted him were looking for a neighborhood with original-looking mid-fifties-era houses.

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Deadline Hollywood reports that Azure Parsons ("True Detective", "Salem") will play Annie Glenn in "Astronaut Wives Club."
The project, from Fake Empire, Groundswell Prods and ABC Studios, tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race. Parsons, repped by Sweeney Entertainment and Imperium 7, will play one of them, Annie Glenn, the wife of John Glenn whom she's known since they were toddlers in Ohio.

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The Houston Chronicle reports that the tentative production start date is April 14.
"It'll all be shot here," says Rick Ferguson, executive director of the Houston Film Commission. "But the book starts elsewhere, so we're also looking for substitutes for Virginia, for Florida motels and other places that lead up to these families moving to the Clear Lake area."

...Nick Cassavetes, the son of actress Gena Rowlands and the late director John Cassavetes, will direct the first episode. The younger Cassavetes directed "The Notebook," "She's So Lovely" and a handful of other films.

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Deadline Hollywood reports that Zoe Boyle ("Breathless", "Downton Abbey") will play Jo Schirra in "Astronaut Wives Club."
Boyle, repped by ICM Partners, Seven Summits and Independent in the UK, will play Jo Schirra, wife of Wally Schirra, who flew missions for the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs.

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Deadline Hollywood reports that Odette Annable ("House," "Two and a Half Men") will play Trudy Cooper in "Astronaut Wives Club."
Annable will play Trudy Cooper, the youngest of the Astro-wives and a licensed pilot herself.

A tomboy with aspirations of her own, her forward thinking challenges not just her husband but the other wives. Annable was an early choice for the role.

(For those not keeping track, that leaves just Rene Carpenter, Louise Shepard and Marge Slayton to be cast.)

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The Hollywood Reporter reports that Desmond Harrington ("Dexter," "Gossip Girl") will play Alan Shepard in "Astronaut Wives Club."
Harrington will play Alan Shepard, one of the Mercury Seven astronauts and the first American in space. He's competitive, steely and has a wry sense of humor. Despite his playboy reputation, he and his wife, Louise, have been married for years.

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Deadline Hollywood reports that production of "Astronaut Wives Club" has been put on hold, and the series will undergo a creative change.
Originally, the series was envisioned to cover only the wives of the astronauts from the Mercury missions. Now ABC is expanding the scope to also include the Gemini and Apollo missions. That will involve reconceiving the arc of the season and expanding the current cast. Additionally, because the series involves the portrayal of real people, it has to go through an extensive clearing process, which has to be done after the scripts have been written.

The core seven wives of the Mercury astronauts that were at the center of the pilot script will remain central characters throughout the 10 episodes, gradually joined by Gemini and Apollo wives.

Production is now eyed to pick up in the fall for a midseason 2014-15 premiere.

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The Hollywood Reporter reports that Dominique McElligott ("Hell on Wheels," "Moon") will play Louise Shepard in "Astronaut Wives Club."
Following an extensive casting search, ABC has cast the lead for its drama series Astronaut Wives Club.

Hell on Wheels alum Dominique McElligott will topline the drama from Gossip Girl's Stephanie Savage, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

...McElligott will star as Louise Shepard, a real-life "Sabrina" whose father was the head of maintenance at the Duponts' Longwood Gardens estate. She is intensely private and struggles to maintain her "perfect" image and her complicated marriage once her husband, Alan (Dexter's Desmond Harrington) becomes the first American in space. Louise and Alan had one of the few marriages that survived the space program, staying together for 53 years.

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The Hollywood Reporter reports that Bret Harrison ("That '70s Show," "Breaking In") will play Gordon Cooper in "Astronaut Wives Club."
Harrison will play Gordon "Gordo" Cooper, the hotshot, young gun with an all-American swagger. The character's wandering ways pushed his wife, Trudy (Breaking In alum Odette Annable), to the brink of divorce but he's convinced her to come back so he can have his shot at space.

The casting reunites Harrison with Annable, who both co-starred on Fox's Breaking In, which ran for two seasons and on which the duo played one another's love interests.

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Deadline Hollywood reports that Joel Johnstone ("The Newsroom," "Getting On") will play Gus Grissom in "Astronaut Wives Club."
Johnstone, repped by BRS/Gage and Working Entertainment, will play Gus Grissom, an average student and athlete who may be the least likely astronaut but proves himself to be one of NASA's top men. He’s an extraordinary engineer who flies on the Mercury and Gemini missions, and becomes the first man to go into space twice.
Earlier this month, Deadline also reported that Aaron McCusker ("Dexter", "Shameless") will play Wally Schirra.
McCusker, repped by UK’s Curtis Brown and Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin Nilon Entertainment, will play Wally Schirra, another one of the original astronauts who's also a prankster.

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Hidden Remote reports that Kenneth Mitchell ("Jericho," "Ghost Whisperer") will play Deke Slayton in "Astronaut Wives Club."
Mitchell is set to play Deke Slayton, a Wisconsin farm boy and World War II flyer and one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts. After a medical condition ends his space career, Slayton becomes one of the most powerful voices in the space program.

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Hitfix reports that Yvonne Strahovski ("Chuck," "Dexter," "24: Live Another Day") will play Rene Carpenter in "Astronaut Wives Club."
Strahovski will play Rene Carpenter, wife of Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter. The press notes suggest that "Her modern attitudes are source of both conflict and courage for the other Astrowives. Over time, Rene finds her own voice and awakens to a higher calling in politics, civil rights and women's issues."

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Still casting main characters? You'd think they'd have been well into shooting by now...

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Thursday (Oct. 9) marked the first day of shooting for "The Astronaut Wives Club" according to actress Erin Cummings, who plays Marge Slayton in the series.

They are filming in New Orleans.

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'Astronaut Wives Club' begins filming for 2015 launch

The first meeting of the Astronaut Wives Club — the made-for-TV-version, that is — has convened in New Orleans.

Filming began Thursday (Oct. 9) on the 10-episode series, which ABC plans to air next spring. "The Astronaut Wives Club" is based on author Lily Koppel's best-selling book by the same title, which tells the real story of the women who stood beside the United States' first spacemen.

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