10:06am PT by Lesley Goldberg
NBC Cancels Comedy 'Mission Control' Before Premiere (Exclusive)
NBC's Mission Control has been grounded.
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Mission Control, from Universal Television-based Gary Sanchez Productions, was a female-driven workplace comedy that took place in the 1960s. The single-camera comedy was in the vein of Anchorman and starred the Apartment 23 alum as a strong woman who butts heads with a macho astronaut (The Mindy Project's Tommy Dewey) in the race to land on the moon. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's David Hornsby penned the script and exec produced alongside Gary Sanchez's Adam McKay and Will Ferrell.
Sources tell THR that there were casting issues on the comedy, which underwent some recasting days after it was picked up to series after Michael Rosenbaum exited the series. After issues recasting some of the roles beyond Ritter, NBC ultimately decided to scrap the series completely.
Mission Control and Kate Walsh comedy Bad Judge were Gary Sanchez's first broadcast scripted series orders. The comedy about a race to land on the moon was originally envisioned to join a midseason schedule at NBC that includes the final season of veteran half-hour Parks and Recreation, Ellen DeGeneres-produced lesbian comedy One Big Happy, Craig Robinson's Mr. Robinson, and Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The latter was originally planned for fall when it was picked up straight to series.
Mission Control becomes the latest broadcast series this season to be scrapped before its premiere. Fox also dropped Hieroglyph and NBC axed Emerald City, though both were picked up straight to series.