NBC Cancels Sitcom Mission Control Before It Can Blastoff

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that NBC has cancelled sitcom Mission Control prior to its expected mid-season debut. The series was announced in May when NBC released its 2014-2015 schedule but was never given an actual premiere date. According to Deadline Hollywood, NBC gave Mission Control a six-episode order. A pilot was shot but there were casting issues and no additional episodes were filmed.

Here’s the official NBC description for the series:

Houston, we have a problem! Dr. Mary Kendricks (Krysten Ritter, “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23”) is a tough but brilliant aerospace engineer, leading a team of NASA scientists at the cutting edge of space exploration. The only problem is, this is the 1960s and she’s a woman. Navigating the ridiculous boys’ club of astronauts and engineering nerds is no easy task, but she’s up to the challenge… until her boss brings on Tom (Tommy Dewey, “The Mindy Project”) – a former hotshot test pilot and overall man’s man – to co-manage her team. It doesn’t help that he initially mistakes her for a secretary. Between him, her astronaut boyfriend Cash and her offbeat all-guy team, Mary certainly has her hands full… but at the end of the day, they all want the same thing: to get a man on the moon. It might just take a woman to get him there.

NBC’s website includes a page for Mission Control that likely will disappear shortly. Check it out while you still can.

Less than two months ago, NBC cancelled Emerald City, a 10-episode limited series that never got past the script stage. Back in 2012, the network canned sitcom Last Caller after completing four episodes.

(Thanks to Bob for passing this along.)


2 Comments

  • Joe says:

    sounds like it would have been pretty good as a one-hour drama, but not as a half-hour sitcom.

  • Barry I. Grauman says:

    I think even NBC knew what a “turkey” it was going to be after they saw the pilot episode. Perhaps it WOULD have worked as an hour-long comedy/drama……on a cable channel like USA, FX, or HBO. But NOT on a broadcast network like NBC….they “can’t afford it”, and they’re DYING to produce at least ONE successful half-hour sitcom to last a hundred episodes— for syndication/cable and home video release. Apparently, “MISSION CONTROL” isn’t going to be the “goldmine” they were hoping for.

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