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The Astronaut Wives Club

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How have I not heard of this? In the race to fill the void left by Mad Men, most producers seem to be going backwards to the Forties (no bad thing), but ABC is making a move into the space program with The Astronaut Wives Club. Here's the website for the book it's based on. Here are some neither-impressive-nor-unimpressive trailers:

 

 

 

Here's the show's website.

 

I was actually thinking the other day that it was high time for a tv show about the Space Race.

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The AVClub:

 

[F]rankly, it’s no surprise that the most dramatic scenes in The Astronaut Wives Club usually feature those astronauts on their quest to reach the moon: Sending a few brave humans from a tight-knit group to the deadly vacuum of space in frequently malfunctioning equipment is inherently high-stakes and compelling, and if the behind-the-scenes scuttlebutt about their addition is to be believed, the forced economy of that storytelling works in the show’s favor, suggesting long relationships yet to be explored. The Astronaut Wives Club’s biggest problem—either something the showrunners and network were trying to mend, or something they created in the process—is that those scenes are the series’ de facto highlights. By shifting the focus from secret history to crowded space-race alongside the domestic drama, the biggest stakes became celestial, and the wives have become somehow frivolous in their own story.

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