NBC Pulls Plug on Will Ferrell Produced ‘Mission Control’ Before Premiere


Will Ferrell’s Anchorman-inspired comedy has been canceled by NBC before its premiere.

Bosses at the network have axed Mission Control, the 1960s outer space-set sitcom that was slated to air as a midseason replacement next year.

Described as a “workplace ensemble in the tone of Anchorman (which) examines what happens when a strong woman butts heads with a macho astronaut in the race to land on the moon”, the program starred Breaking Bad‘s Krysten Ritter and The Mindy Project actor Tommy Dewey.

Ferrell and his longtime producing partner Adam McKay, who also directed both Anchorman films, served as the show’s executive producer along with It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia actor/producer David Hornsby.

Read the official plot description below and let us know in the comments if you think this show would have survived:

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.

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