As far as pitches go, “It’s like Anchorman, but with ASTRONAUTS and the bitch from apartment 23″ is about as good as it gets. So NBC would have to pull a total NBC to say no to Mission Control.
Produced by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell, the potential series — which is set in the 1960s — mimics the tone of Anchorman and examines what happens when a strong woman (Ritter) butts heads with a macho astronaut in the race to land on the moon.
Ritter’s character, Mary, is the head engineer who leads the Apollo team at Mission Control at the NASA Manned Space Center. A woman in a man’s world, she is super-smart, brisk without being brusque, and capable without losing her feminine appeal. When a man is brought in to add “balance” to Mission Control, Mary sees it as sexist attempt to undercut everything she has done. (Via)
Mission Control also reunites Malcolm Barrett and Jonathan Slavin, a.k.a. Lem and Phil from Better Off Ted. Can it be scheduled on NBC Thursday nights, after Community and Parks and Recreation, yet?