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Erin Cummings To Star In ABC’s ‘The Astronaut Wives Club’

By | Tuesday April 1, 2014 @ 4:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

cummingserinSpartacus: Blood & Sand alumna Erin Cummings has been cast as one of the leads in ABC’s 10-episode summer drama series The Astronaut Wives Club, from Fake Empire, Groundswell Productions and ABC Studios. Written by Stephanie Savage based on Lily Koppel’s book and directed by Nick Casavettes, it 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. Cummings, repped by Untitled and Paradigm, will play Marge, Deke Slayton’s outspoken wife, whose colorful past is not in keeping with the cookie-cutter image that the astronaut wives are expected to present to the world. Maternal and funny, she becomes the glue that holds the Astronaut Wives Club together. Cummings’ series credits also include ABC’s Detroit 1-8-7 and CBS’ Made In Jersey. She has three features coming out: Cold Comes The Night, Late Phases and The Last Word.

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Odette Annable To Star In ABC Series ‘The Astronaut Wives Club’

By | Friday March 14, 2014 @ 4:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Odette AnnableHouse alumna Odette Annable is set as one of the main leads in ABC‘s 10-episode summer drama series The Astronaut Wives Club, from Fake Empire, Groundswell Productions and ABC Studios. Written by Stephanie Savage based on Lily Koppel’s book, it 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. Annable will play Trudy Cooper, the youngest of the Astro-wives and a licensed pilot herself.

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Zoe Boyle Joins ABC’s ‘Astronaut Wives Club’; Morgan Taylor Campbell In ‘Sea Of Fire’

By | Wednesday March 12, 2014 @ 1:28pm PDT

Zoe Boyle (Breathless, Downton Abbey)boyle1 is set as a female lead in ABC’s summer drama series Astronaut Wives Club. The project, from Fake Empire, Groundswell Productions 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. 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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morgantaylorcamp1Morgan Taylor Campbell (The Killing) has been cast in ABC’s drama pilot Sea Of Fire, which chronicles the fallout from three teenage girls starring in a pornographic film, which tears their families apart and leads to a disappearance and a murder. Campbell will play Jane McAllister, the pretty, preppy and seemingly straight-laced daughter of Reverend Bobby and Adine McAllister, who goes missing on the night of the town festival. Campbell, repped by Intellectual Artists Management and Canada’s Play Management, recently starred on The Hub’s Spooksville.

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Azure Parsons Joins ‘Astronaut Wives Club’, Kellee Stewart In Pilot ‘Damaged Goods’

By | Wednesday March 5, 2014 @ 1:14pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

parsonsAzure Parsons (True Detective, Salem) will co-star opposite JoAnna Garcia Swisher in ABC‘s summer drama series 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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stewartKellee Stewart (Soul Man) has joined Lauren Iungerich’s ABC comedy pilot Damaged Goods. It revolves around damaged men (Justin Hartley, Steve Talley) and damaged women who explore the minutiae of love and relationships. Stewart, repped by Domain and Robyn Bluestone Management, will play one of the women, Betsy, who is living off alimony. She is coming off Lifetime pilot HR.

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Nick Cassavetes To Direct ABC Series ‘Astronaut Wives Club’

By | Monday February 24, 2014 @ 12:44pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

cassavetesEXCLUSIVE: In his TV directing debut, The Notebook helmer Nick Cassavetes is set to direct the opening hour of ABC‘s 10-episode drama Astronaut Wives Club, recently picked up for summer with straight-to-series order. The project, from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire, Michael London’s Groundswell Prods and ABC Studios, was written by Savage based on Lily Koppel’s book. It 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, with JoAnna Garcia Swisher set as one of the leads. Fake Empire’s Savage, Schwartz and Len Goldstein executive produce with Groundswell’s London and Janice Williams. Resolution-repped Cassavetes recently wrote and directed indie Yellow. His latest feature is comedy The Other Woman starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton, opening in April.

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JoAnna Garcia Swisher To Star In ABC Summer Series ‘The Astronaut Wives Club’

By | Tuesday February 11, 2014 @ 11:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

swisherJoAnna Garcia Swisher is set as one of the leads in ABC‘s drama Astronaut Wives Club, recently picked up for summer with a 10-episode straight-to-series order. The project, from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire, Michael London’s Groundswell Prods and ABC Studios, was written by Savage based on Lily Koppel’s book. It 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. Swisher, repped by WME and John Carrabino, will play Betty Grissom, the wife of one of the original astronauts. A bouncy redhead with curls askew and a folksy Hoosier accent, she’s got a down-home appeal, which endears her to the public. Astronaut Wives Club extends Swisher’s relationship with ABC and ABC Studios following her recent arc as Ariel on their series Once Upon A Time. It also reunites her with Savage and Schwartz on whose CW series Gossip Girl she recurred five years ago.

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ABC Space Age Drama ‘The Astronaut Wives Club’ Gets 10-Episode Order For Summer

By | Wednesday February 5, 2014 @ 3:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

ABC is adding a second homegrown original drama series for next summer with a 10-episode straight-to-series order to Astronaut Wives Club. It will join Mistresses, set to return for a second season in the summer. Both series are produced by ABC Studios. The Astronaut Wives Club hails from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire and Michael London’s Groundswell Productions.

Based on Lily Koppel’s best-selling book published last summer, the project had been on fast-track development since ABC took it in in October as a potential limited series for summer eyeing February-March start date.  Then 10 days ago, The Astronaut Wives Club was given a traditional pilot order. Today, that has been upped to a 10-episode pickup for what will likely be marketed as a limited “event” series for summer. I hear work on backup scripts is already underway. Written by Savage in her first TV writing effort since co-creating Gossip Girl with Schwartz, the 1969-set 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. Savage, Schwartz and Fake Empire’s President of Television Len Goldstein executive produce with London. Groundswell’s president of production Janice Williams, who brought the project to London, is expected to produce.

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ABC Picks Up Drama Pilots From Stephanie Savage, Richard LaGravenese, Chris Keyser & Tom Donaghy

By | Friday January 24, 2014 @ 7:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

abclogoABC has handed pilot orders to four more dramas, Astronaut Wives Club, written by Stephanie Savage; an untitled project from Richard LaGravenese in the vein of Dangerous Liaisons; Warriors, written by WGAW president Chris Keyser; and Tom Donaghy’s Agatha. All four come from ABC sibling ABC Studios.

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The Astronastronaut-wives-clubaut Wives Club, from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire and Michael London’s Groundswell Productions, initially was eyed as a potential limited series. Based on Lily Koppel’s best-selling novel published last summer, it was written by Savage in her first TV writing effort since co-creating Gossip Girl with Schwartz. Set in the 1960s with a modern feel, The 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. Savage, Schwartz and Fake Empire’s President of Television Len Goldstein executive produce with London. This is Fake Empire’s first pilot order under the company’s overall deal at ABC Studios.

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The untitled Richard LaGravenese project is set in New York and revolves around the love and rivalry between two equally matched, powerful socialites who play out their obsessive attraction and seduction of each other through their manipulation of others. LaGravenese exec produces with Erwin Stoff, Ilene Staple and Wren Arthur.

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Stephanie Savage To Pen ‘Astronaut Wives Club’ For ABC, Fake Empire & Groundswell

By | Wednesday October 16, 2013 @ 11:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: ABC has put in development Astronaut Wives Club, a limited drama series from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire and Michael London’s Groundswell Prods. based on Lily Koppel’s best-selling novel published this summer. It will be penned by Savage in her first TV writing effort since co-creating Gossip Girl with Schwartz. I hear the project is being fast-tracked, possibly for summer, with potential February-March start date eyed. ABC Studios, where Fake Empire is based, is producing. Set in the 1960s with a modern feel, The Astronaut Wives Club tells the true story of the women behind NASA’s early astronauts and the struggles they face when their lives and families are catapulted into the spotlight overnight. Savage, Schwartz and Fake Empire’s president of television Len Goldstein executive produce with London. Groundswell’s president of production Janice Williams, who brought the project to London, is expected to produce. Read More »

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