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‘Astronaut Wives Club’ Finale: Stephanie Savage Prepares for ABC Drama’s Final Descent

20 August 2015 7:14 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

After a buzzed over premiere earlier this summer, creator Stephanie Savage’s period drama “Astronaut Wives Club,” about astronaut wives in the 1960s, touches down with its series finale at 8 p.m. Thursday. Looking back on the limited series that served as both a growing up moment for both the “Gossip Girl” co-creator and summer programming in general, Savage talked to Variety about writing female characters, Civil Rights and the state of the word “sudser.”

We’ve called this a “sudser” or a “summer series,” which makes the show seem so much lighter than what it really is. What do you think about that label? How do you think summer programming is changing?

In my mind, I don’t necessarily associate a summer show with lightness. In some regards, this show does fit this description in terms of there’s a lot of cute guys, it’s largely in Houston »

- Whitney Friedlander

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The O.C. Creator Josh Schwartz’s Next Pilot Is About Getting Trapped in a Creepy, Ikea-Like Furniture Store

5 August 2015 6:44 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Josh Schwartz, The O.C. creator and Gossip Girl producer, is developing a pilot for a new dramedy ... that's basically Ikea meets The Shining. Horrorstör is based on the cataloguelike novel of the same name by Grady Hendrix, and a collaboration between Schwartz, Charlie Kaufman, and producer Gail Berman. From Deadline:Written by Schwartz and Black List screenwriter Michael Vukadinovich, Horrorstör centers on 26-year-old Amy. Newly sober, she lands a job at Orsk, the U.S. Flagship of the European furniture superstore. It feels like just the opportunity she’s needed to get her life back on track, but as Amy comes to discover, the store actually preys upon its customers’ desires to a supernatural degree, selling products that make their wishes and fantasies come true in unexpected and insidious ways. In Hendrix's novel, "supernatural mayhem" ensues when employees become trapped in Orsk overnight. Schwartz, Kaufman, Berman, and Stephanie Savage (his Gossip Girl »

- Lauren Leibowitz

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Ed Westwick Roasts 'Gossip Girl' Costar Chace Crawford at Actor's 30th Birthday Bash

27 July 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Nate and Chuck are still BFFs! Former "Gossip Girl" stars Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick were spotted in West Hollywood on Saturday night, as Chace celebrated his 30th birthday with a dinner and roast at The London Hotel. The event -- which was presented by Freixenet Spanish Cava and River Virtual Reality -- reunited the on and off-screen buddies for what we're told was a night of "food, cocktails, laughter and dancing." Westwick, brother-in-law Tony Romo and good friend Ashley Fink all roasted the actor during the dinner, all cracking jokes about the birthday boy. Other celeb attendees at the bash included Jc Chasez, "Orange Is the New Black" star Matt McGorry, fellow "Gg" alum Jessica Szohr, Zelda Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Kevin Zegers, Lucas Grabeel and "Gossip Girl" creators Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz. A video message was also shown during the evening, with messages sent in from Taylor Kitsch »

- tooFab Staff

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Astronaut Wives Club Creator Talks New Wives, Houston Move & More

9 July 2015 7:03 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Houston, we may have a problem.

The Mercury wives and their families relocate to Texas in tonight’s episode of  The Astronaut Wives Club (ABC, 8/7c), a move that coincides with two potentially catastrophic events: the Cuban Missile Crisis and the arrival of the wives of the Gemini astronauts.

Betty? Jo? Put another casserole in the oven, because it’s time to circle the (station) wagons.

Video Exclusive Mistresses Sneak Peek: Karen’s Steamy Three-Way Daydream!

“Once the Mercury wives have figured out some of their s—t, they’ve worked out their stuff with each other, here come the Gemini wives, »

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The Astronaut Wives Club: Is ABC's Space-Race Drama Outta This World?

18 June 2015 6:00 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

First rule of The Astronaut Wives Club: Don’t talk about the crushing fear and loneliness you know as the spouse of one of America’s first space cowboys.

Second rule of The Astronaut Wives Club: When in doubt, don pearls and a little lipstick.

ABC’s 10-episode period drama, which premiered Thursday (8/7c), centers on the spouses of the Mercury Program astronauts and their part in the late ’50s/early ’60s scramble to put a man in space. Written by Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl) and based on the book by Lily Koppel, the premiere focuses on the proper-to-a-fault, »

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Review: Style and performances keep ABC's 'Astronaut Wives Club' watchable

18 June 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Too little too late, but ABC has finally found the perfect companion piece for "Pan Am." A bright-and-glossy dose of '60s nostalgia mixed with easily digestible proto-feminism, ABC's "Astronaut Wives Club" premieres on Thursday (June 18) night, more than three years after "Pan Am" was cancelled and I suspect they're likely to be remembered in the same way: Period dramas with high production values, a fantastic cast that ABC will look back at yearningly and unrealized creative potential obscuring otherwise solid storytelling. Is there a hypothetical TV series about the wives of the Mercury astronauts that's more than a slightly superficial, slightly choppy and slightly misfocused showcase for fine performances and some snazzy retro-style? Absolutely, but there's still some virtue to this sort of watchable, somewhat nourishing summer entertainment, even in a landscape that's overflowing with summer viewing options. Thursday's exposition-heavy premiere episode begins in 1961 with Louise Shepard (Dominique McElligott »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Astronaut Wives Club Preview: ABC's New Feminist Drama Is Like Real Housewives of 1960s

18 June 2015 7:51 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

One giant leap for womankind! We're already over the moon for The Astronaut Wives Club, a period show about women in the early 1960s whose husbands boldly go where no men have gone before. The Stephanie Savage-produced ABC drama follows a band of unlikely friends who come together when their men are recruited by Nasa. Believe Us: There's just as much drama as there is killer fashion, and it's all thanks to headstrong characters such as tomboy Trudy Cooper (Odette Annable) and leader of the gang Louise [...] »

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‘Astronaut Wives Club’ Creator Stephanie Savage Grows Up from ‘Gossip Girl’

18 June 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It’s easy to dismiss ABC’s “The Astronaut Wives Club” as just another sudser, but the limited series based on Lily Koppel’s chronicles of the Mercury Seven astronauts’ wives has more lurking in its atmosphere. Ahead of its premiere, creator Stephanie Savage (“Gossip Girl,” “Hart of Dixie,” “The O.C.”) talks to Variety about how her show differs from the similarly set “Mad Men,” how it’s made her grow beyond her teen-skewing roots and how a race to put the series on the air last year would have resulted in a crash and burn.

The Astronaut Wives Club” premieres at 8 p.m. June 18 on ABC.

Why did you decide to do a period story?

I love the period [of the 1960s]. I’m thrilled that I’m able to tell a story set in that time period for a broadcast network. Just for myself personally, I love the fashion and the music and the design. »

- Whitney Friedlander

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The Astronaut Wives Club Review: The Mercury 7’s Desperate Housewives

17 June 2015 8:17 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

What makes a great summer series? Something flashy, breezy, easy to Dv-r and binge at a later date, perhaps. Beach reading, but on your TV. In fact, it really deserves a separate scale. The epitome of a great summer show may be Fox’s The O.C., which ran in the mid-aughts, and came (in part) from Stephanie Savage. Savage also has developed ABC’s new drama The Astronaut Wives Club, and with it, another well-suited summer show (though one that's still looking to ignite). The series, based on a book by Lily Koppel, details the home lives of the Mercury 7, a true-to-life group of men (including John Glenn, played here by Sam Reid) who were chosen by Nasa for their fledgling space program in the early 1960s. The families were also heavily managed for appearances, with deals made with press outlets like Life magazine to convince the American public that »

- Allison Keene

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TV Review: ‘The Astronaut Wives Club’

16 June 2015 7:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

More than 30 years after “The Right Stuff,” Philip Kaufman’s 1983 movie based on Tom Wolfe’s tome devoted to the Mercury 7 space program, “The Astronaut Wives Club” seems like inordinately fertile material for a primetime soap. Essentially a slow-motion version of the film, the main wrinkle in the ABC series — culled from Lily Koppel’s book — is viewing the story from the perspective of the women behind the men, who instantly became celebrities, with all the distractions that entails. While it’s not clear how long the producers can keep the concept aloft, the opening episodes certainly make for a splashy entry.

Written by Stephanie Savage and directed by Lone Scherfig, the premiere opens with the shrewd framing device of Alan Shepherd’s 1961 space flight, flashing back two years to when the program began. As part of a scheme envisioned by what amounts to Nasa’s perpetually apoplectic PR guru »

- Brian Lowry

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10 TV Series That Owe Their Existence to ‘Mad Men’

15 May 2015 6:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

From its setting to its writing to its network, much has been made of how “Mad Men” revolutionized television. As the show prepares for its final pitch meeting, Variety looks at 10 other shows that might have been harder sells if it weren’t for creator Matthew Weiner’s epic story of the professional lives and private pursuits of Madison Avenue’s best and brightest.

Masters of Sex

Creator Michelle Ashford’s series about sex research pioneers William Masters and Virginia Johnson is one of the most successful period dramas to come out of the “Mad Men” boom, resulting in Emmy recognition for actors like Lizzy Caplan and Alison Janney and articles calling it the “feminist ‘Mad Men.’”

Breaking Bad

Like Matt Weiner, Vince Gilligan was turned down by multiple networks when he pitched “Breaking Bad.” “Mad Men” premiered several months before “Breaking Bad,” making audiences (somewhat) aware of AMC’s »

- Whitney Friedlander

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The Sky's the Limit for 'The Astronaut Wives Club' in New Key Art (Exclusive)

21 April 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Astronaut Wives Club is keeping its eye on the sky. The Hollywood Reporter's exclusive look at the ABC drama's key art shows the club, including JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Yvonne Strahovski, Dominique McElligott, Odette Annable, Erin Cummings, Azure Parsons and Zoe Boyle, dressed in their best period garb as they look up above with a mix of fear, pride and uncertainty. Read More Stephanie Savage's 'Astronaut Wives Club' Gets Series Order at ABC Inspired by Lily Koppel's best-selling book of the same name, the series tells the true story of the women who stood beside some of American history's

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- Kate Stanhope

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‘Astronaut Wives Club’ Gets Summer Premiere Date on ABC

20 April 2015 11:43 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Astronaut Wives Club” is finally ready to blast off at ABC, with the network announcing on Monday a summer premiere date for the new drama.

Originally scheduled to bow last summer and then pushed to spring for retooling and some cast changes, “Astronaut Wives Club” will air Thursdays at 8 p.m. starting June 18. That launch date will allow the network to promote the series during coverage of the NBA Finals, which will occupy Thursdays earlier in the month.

ABC had announced its summer schedule earlier this month, but there was no mention of “Astronaut Wives Club” at that time.

Based on the book by Lily Koppel, “Astronaut Wives Club” focuses on seven women who were key players behind some of the biggest events in American history. As America’s astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, the lives of their young wives were transformed, seemingly overnight, from military spouses to American royalty. »

- Rick Kissell

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‘Astronaut Wives Club’ Gets June Premiere Date on ABC

20 April 2015 8:52 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

ABC has set a June 18 premiere date for “The Astronaut Wives Club,” a series long in the works from “Gossip Girl” executive producer Josh Schwartz and writer/Ep Stephanie Savage. Originally slated for summer 2014, the drama about seven women married to astronauts in the early days of space exploration was reworked for midseason this year before sliding to its current summer ’15 premiere. Part of the retooling expanded the focus of the 10-episode series from one to three groundbreaking Nasa missions: Mercury, Gemini and Apollo. “The Astronaut Wives Club” stars JoAnna Garcia Swisher as Betty Grissom; Yvonne Strahovski as Rene Carpenter »

- L.A. Ross

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‘Six Feet Under’ Alum Lauren Ambrose to Star in ABC Cop Drama ‘Broad Squad’

7 March 2015 10:34 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The “Broad Squad” is growing.

Six Feet Under” alumna Lauren Ambrose has been cast as the final lead in ABC’s cop drama pilot. The news comes on the heels of “True Blood” star Rutina Wesley joining the show.

Ambrose will star as Eileen, one of the first four women to graduate from Boston’s Police Academy in 1978. The rookie cop struggles with balancing her new career with her roles at home as a wife to a wounded police officer and a mom to a young son.

The drama, inspired by true stories, also stars Charlotte Spencer and Cody Horn (“The Office”) as the two other female leads, as well as Michael Gaston (“The Mentalist”), Kenneth Mitchell (“Jericho”) and Alberto Frezza.

Ambrose made her debut on USA Network’s miniseries “Dig” this Thursday.

Broad Squad” is penned by “CSI: NY’s” Bess Wohl and exec-produced by Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Pilots: Lauren Ambrose Rounds Out Cast of ABC's '70s-Set Broad Squad

6 March 2015 7:07 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Six Feet Under alum Lauren Ambrose has landed the fourth and final lead on ABC’s Broad Squad pilot.

RelatedPilot Season ’15: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them

Penned by CSI: NY alum Bess Wohl and exec-produced by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the drama project follows four women who graduate from Boston’s Police Academy in 1978.

Ambrose — who this Thursday made her debut on USA Network’s Dig event series — will play Eileen, our sister site Deadline reports, alongside Rutina Wesley (True Blood), Charlotte Spencer (the UK’s Glue miniseries) and Cody Horn (Rescue Me, »

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Pilot Scoop: ABC Drama Broad Squad Recruits True Blood's Rutina Wesley

5 March 2015 5:30 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Rutina Wesley is trading in her fangs for a badge this pilot season.

RelatedPilot Season ’15: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them

The former True Blood star, who’s also set to recur in Hannibal‘s upcoming third season, has joined the cast of ABC’s Broad Squad, a 1978-set drama pilot about Boston’s first female patrol officers. Wesley will play Joanne, one of the four central female cops.

Previously announced cast members include Cody Horn (Rescue Me) and Charlotte Spencer, playing Lisa and Molly, two of Joanne’s fellow patrol officers.

Broad Squad »

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Gayle Forman’s ‘I Was Here’ Movie in Development at New Line

24 February 2015 6:04 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

New Line has picked up the movie rights to Gayle Forman’s novel “I Was Here” after releasing its adaptation of the author’s teen drama “If I Stay” last summer.

New Line has not set up the project with a producer. Forman will executive produce. New Line’s Andrea Johnston is overseeing.

I Was Here,” published a month ago by Viking, centers on an 18-year-old dealing with her best friend committing suicide without warning. She discovers many secrets after traveling to her friend’s college town to pack up the belongings.

New Line teamed with MGM on “If I Stay,” which grossed $78 million worldwide on an $11 million budget. Chloe Grace Moretz starred with R.J. Cutler directing.

Universal picked up rights to Forman’s romancer “Just One Day” and sequel “Just One Year” in November. The studio plans to make a single feature with Fake Empire’s Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage producing. »

- Dave McNary

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ABC Picks Up Drama Pilot From ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Scandal’ Producer Jenna Bans

28 January 2015 8:00 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

ABC has picked up the pilot “Flesh and Blood” from Writers Guild of America-nominated screenwriter Jenna Bans. The pilot explores the shockwaves that ripple through a family and community when a son thought dead for more than 10 years suddenly returns.

The son of a local politician, the young man’s return not only rattles his tight-knit family to its core, it prompts the release of the neighbor imprisoned for his murder, while the cop responsible is forced to reexamine what truly happened all those years ago.

The ABC Studios pilot is executive produced by David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Laurie Zaks of Mandeville Television. »

- Jason Hughes

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ABC Orders Crime Thriller From Shonda Rhimes, 1 More Drama & 2 Comedy Pilots

26 January 2015 6:03 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

ABC has picked up four more pilots for their 2015-16 season, including a new drama from “Tgit” queen Shonda Rhimes. All pilots hail from ABC Studios.

“The Catch” from Shondaland’s Rhimes and Betsy Beers follows a female forensic accountant whose career specialty is exposing fraud for a living. Much like the leading ladies of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder,” the sure-to-be fierce woman at the forefront of the crime thriller is not all she appears to be and has a tumultuous love life. She’s about to get married, but also about to get conned by her fiancé — little does he know, her lies end up colliding with his cons.

The pilot will be exec produced by Rhimes, Beers, Julie Anne Robinson and Jennifer Schuur, and co-produced by Helen Gregory and Kate Atkinson. Robinson is set to direct, and Schuur will pen the pilot. »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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