EXCLUSIVE: ABC has put in development Astronaut Wives Club, a limited drama series from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire and Michael London’s Groundswell Prods. based on Lily Koppel’s best-selling novel published this summer. It will be penned by Savage in her first TV writing effort since co-creating Gossip Girl with Schwartz. I hear the project is being fast-tracked, possibly for summer, with potential February-March start date eyed. ABC Studios, where Fake Empire is based, is producing. Set in the 1960s with a modern feel, The Astronaut Wives Club tells the true story of the women behind NASA’s early astronauts and the struggles they face when their lives and families are catapulted into the spotlight overnight. Savage, Schwartz and Fake Empire’s president of television Len Goldstein executive produce with London. Groundswell’s president of production Janice Williams, who brought the project to London, is expected to produce.
This marks the seventh sale for Fake Empire in its first season at ABC Studios. It joins the Diablo Cody teen drama Prodigy at Fox; the crime drama Jigsaw from Janine Sherman Barrois at CBS; the Rina Mimoun drama Sisterland at ABC; the Joshua Safran project Social Circle to ABC; and two comedies, First Timers and an untitled Ali Adler project, both at ABC. This marks the third broadcast sale for Groundswell, which is currently in production on the Amazon comedy pilot Betas. It joins the Oliver Sacks drama Sparks for NBC and 20th TV, and Ze, a family drama centered around a transgender teenager for CBS Studios and the CW. On the film side, Groundswell recently attached Bryan Cranston to star in Trumbo, a drama about the Hollywood blacklist to be directed by Jay Roach. Schwartz, Savage, and London are all with WME. Koppel is with WME and Larry Weissman.
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