ABC Delays Summer Series ‘The Astronaut Wives Club’ to Mid-Season

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The new ABC summer series The Astronaut Wives Club was supposed to debut on July 24, but according to a report at Deadline those plans have been changed.

The show from writer-executive producer Stephanie Savage (‘Gossip Girl’) and Josh Schwartz (‘Chuck’) [among others] is based on the 2013 Lily Koppel book that tells the story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race will undergo a creative change. While the book profiled dozens of wives of the astronauts on the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions, the series was only going to cover the Mercury wives. However, ABC has decided to expand the scope of the stories, including the Gemini and Apollo wives as well.

By enacting this change, the show will need to be reconceived and the cast expanded. That will mean more time spent on casting and rewrites as well as “going through an extensive clearing process”, which can only be done once “the scripts are rewritten”.

The cast of ‘The Astronaut Wives Club’ already includes JoAnna Garcia Swisher (‘Once Upon a Time’ and ‘Reba’), Odette Annable (‘House’), Erin Cummings (Spartacus: Blood and Sand’), Azure Parsons (‘Death Valley’ and the upcoming ‘Salem’), Zoe Boyle (‘Downton Abbey’) and Desmond Harrington (‘Dexter’).

The 10-episode series is expected to go into production this fall with an anticipated mid-season airdate during the 2014-2015 TV season.