THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB
Starring: JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Yvonne Strahovski, Dominique McElligott, Odette Annable, Erin Cummings, Azure Parsons, Zoe Boyle, Desmond Harrington, Bret Harrison, Wilson Bethel, Kenneth Mitchell, Joel Johnstone, Sam Reid, Aaron McCusker
Based on the Novel by Lily Kpppel
Developed by Stephanie Savage
Written by Stephanie Savage, Directed by Lone Scherfig
The Astronaut Wives Club is a period drama based on the book of the same name. Set during the 1960s space race, the show focuses on the other side of the famous astronauts from that era: their personal lives and specifically, their wives. Famous couples fill out the large ensemble including Annie and John Glenn (Azure Parsons and Sam Reid), Louise and Alan Shepard (Dominique McElligott and Desmond Harrington), Betty and Gus Grissom (JoAnna Garcia Swisher and Joel Johnstone), Rene and Scott Carpenter (Yvonne Strahovski and Wilson Bethel), Trudy and Gordon Cooper (Odette Annable and Bret Harrison), Marge and Deke Slayton (Erin Cummings and Kenneth Mitchell), and Jo and Wally Schirra (Zoe Boyle and Aaron McCusker).
Unfortunately we are two for two on lame period dramas this summer with this show joining the slightly more interesting Aquarius. Network TV shouldn't shy away from period dramas but they need to make it less... broadcast-y. Take some chances. This was a great idea for a show and it's been watered down to a whole lot of nothing.