Krysten Ritter is nearing a deal to star in NBC’s astronaut-themed comedy pilot Mission Control, TVLine has learned.
Produced by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell, the potential series — which is set in the 1960s — mimics the tone of Anchorman and examines what happens when a strong woman (Ritter) butts heads with a macho astronaut in the race to land on the moon.
Ritter’s character, Mary, is the head engineer who leads the Apollo team at Mission Control at the NASA Manned Space Center. A woman in a man’s world, she is super-smart, brisk without being brusque and immensely capable without losing her feminine appeal. When a man is brought in to add “balance” to Mission Control, Mary sees it as sexist attempt to undercut everything she has done.
In addition to starring, Ritter will receive a producer credit.