Krysten Ritter (“Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23”) will headline the half-hour comedy “Mission Control” for NBC. The series, scheduled for the network’s midseason slate, is set in the 1960s with the actress’ character navigating through the boys’ club frequented by engineers and astronauts. Read further to know more about “Mission Control.”
In this show, Ritter will play Dr. Mary Kendricks, an aerospace engineer who heads a group of NASA scientists. The show is set in the 1960s; hence, Dr. Kendricks has huge challenges to hurdle, given that she is a woman in a man’s world. When Tom, a hotshot test pilot played by Tommy Dewey (“The Mindy Project”), is introduced to the team, he thought Dr. Kendricks was the secretary. Dealing with Tom, along with her male-dominated engineering team, as well as her boyfriend Cash who is an astronaut, Dr. Kendricks has her job cut out for her. Ultimately, however, their team’s goal is to send the first man on the moon, and she is determined to be just the woman to do that.
The series will also star Julie Meyer (“The New Normal”) as Carol Ann, the perky secretary, and Leah Renee (“The Playboy Club”), who will play the office bombshell.
First announced for pick-up during NBC’s Upfronts presentation last May 2014, “Mission Control” is from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, who have worked together in “Anchorman.” The idea for “Mission Control” actually closely follows the tone of “Anchorman,” and the duo are banking on its cult success. David Hornsby wrote and executive produced the pilot episode for “Mission Control.”
Michael Rosenbaum (“Smallville”) was the first to be included in the cast along with Ritter, but the actor withdrew from the show after doing the pilot. His role, Bus, a stubborn but likable astronaut, is being recast. No word yet on who will be playing the character.
Last May, Ritter posted a photo as she was hanging with her “Mission Control” co-star Tommy Dewey during a screening.
— krysten ritter (@Krystenritter) May 22, 2014
— Mission Control (@NBCMissionCTRL) May 11, 2014
“Mission Control” is scheduled for NBC’s midseason slate and will most likely run in March 2015. For more updates about this series, keep tabs on Movie News Guide (MNG).
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