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Yvonne Strahovski Reteams With Chuck Co-Creator For Astronaut Wives Club

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StrahovI’d guess most of us had dreams of growing up to become an astronaut at some point during our childhoods. How could you not? They were pushing the boundaries of human endeavor and going boldly, just like in Star Trek always said. But one thing my childhood astronaut fantasies never really considered was, what it must have been like for the friends and family those astronauts left back here on Earth, especially during the daring early days of the Mercury and Apollo missions? How does it feel to see the person you love most leaving footprints on the surface of the moon? Those are the sorts of questions ABC’s Astronaut Wives Club is set to explore, and now the cast has gained a familiar face in the form of Chuck actress Yvonne Strahovski.

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The Astronaut Wives Club Gets Full Series Order From ABC

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astronaut wives clubYou know the easiest way to measure just how big the current space race resurgence has become? I mean, sure, you can actually pay attention to the news and all that, but it’s quicker to note all of the TV series being developed that aren’t just about outer space, but about the astronauts that make it up there. The latest show to focus (at least partly) on NASA’s elite is ABC Studios’ The Astronaut Wives Club. ABC has given the show a 10-episode order straight to series order, skipping all that pesky pilot business. It’s a tactic usually used for shows that have a strong hook and the potential to draw big ratings. Is that what we have here?

The show is based on Lily Koppel’s The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story, published in June of last year. It chronicles the troublesome time the wives of the Mercury Seven astronauts as their lives went from quiet and respectable to front page news. Annie Glenn and Trudy Cooper, along with their compatriots, formed the titular club and met on a regular basis to provide support and friendship to each other. (They probably had a couple hundred Mercur-itas over the years as well.) Fifty years later, these women have survived through tragedy and heartache, and still remain friends.