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ABC To Air Astronaut

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ABC will air “Defying Gravity,” a 13-episode international co-production about spacebound astronauts. The series was created by James Parriott, who also created “Misfits of Science” and “Forever Knight” but has more recently been toiling in such estrogen-soaked ABC hourlongs as “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Ugly Betty.” The series stars Ron Livingston (“Office Space”), Laura Harris (“Dead Like Me”), Christina Cox (“The Chronicles of Riddick,” “Blood Ties”), Malik Yoba (“New York Undercover”) and Florentine Lahme (ABC’s terrible astronaut miniseries “Impact”). The Hollywood Reporter describes:
… is set in the near future and revolves around eight astronauts from five countries who undertake a mysterious six-year mission through the solar system.
The series will also air on Britain’s BBC, Canada's CTV, and Germany's ProSieben. Find the Reporter’s story on the matter here.
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  • July 1, 2009, 1:11 a.m. CST


    by Gabbo_the_Great

    misfits o science.

  • July 1, 2009, 1:36 a.m. CST

    So far, it sounds uninteresting...

    by Watching_Teri_Hatcher_Take_A_Shit

  • July 1, 2009, 2:04 a.m. CST

    "So far, it sounds uninteresting..."

    by BadMrWonka

    really? from the one line synopsis?<p>god, nothing is more reliable than the vague negativity of the AICN talkbacker...<p>and also, their names.

  • July 1, 2009, 2:38 a.m. CST


    by SmallTuna

    Sounds a bit like the Virtuality synopsis.

  • July 1, 2009, 4:55 a.m. CST

    More crap like Impact?

    by The McPoyle Clan

    Really, ABC? I hate myself for having seen bits of that POS. Even James Cromwell in a flying Cadillac, which should have been unintentionally funny, wasn't.

  • July 1, 2009, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Space, the next frontier

    by jim

    These are the voyages of 8 astronauts from 5 countries. Their 6 year mission is a secret; there is something they need to do but we can't tell you what it is; to go somewhere and do something that may or may not have been done before (you'll just have to watch to find out).

  • July 1, 2009, 9:09 a.m. CST

    REALLY horrible name

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    God, just the TITLE is a turn-off, inane and pointless. Not a good, don't we already have the God-awful snore-fest "Virtuality" or whatever?

  • July 1, 2009, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Virtuality was horrible.

    by banditmania

    Make it stop.

  • July 1, 2009, 11:09 a.m. CST

    I think it sounds interesting...

    by dogrobber

    ...but then again I love the near-future type shows like 'Star Cops', 'Space Island One', 'Planates', etc., so I don't exactly have the best taste in shows.

  • July 1, 2009, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Will it have the same tired space plot lines?

    by Norm

    It'll be 8 carefully chosen astronauts, the cream of the crop. Yet I predict one will be claustrophobic, one will freak out from the isolation, etc, etc. Basically, these professional astronauts will be shown to less reliable under pressure than any Lost character, who are supposedly random average people. That seems to be the only way space shows get written. And I'm betting it'll be small in scale. Will there be moon and mars bases? Exploration missions out to Jupiter and Saturn? Asteroid bases to visit and explore? No, I'm sure it'll just be one ship instead of building a working universe to storytell in. I would love to see a fully fleshed out space-faring culture that is colonizing the solar system used as a backdrop.

  • July 1, 2009, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Wasn't this already done on a recent Fox show??

    by GreatCzarsGhost

    I don't remember the name of the show but it was on last week. Had a Holo deck like environment and the trip was financed as a reality show which was the weakest part of the show.

  • July 1, 2009, 1:42 p.m. CST

    A "six-year mission"? Does one of them have pointy ears?

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • July 1, 2009, 1:42 p.m. CST

    "Space...the other white meat!"

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • July 1, 2009, 5:22 p.m. CST

    The Wicked Witch is gonna sue...

    by MattmanReturns

  • July 1, 2009, 5:24 p.m. CST

    I am

    by ceesusan


  • July 1, 2009, 5:30 p.m. CST

    or maybe not

    by ceesusan

    sorry <p> Just <b>goofing</b> around

  • July 1, 2009, 5:33 p.m. CST

    just seeing what works

    by ceesusan

    <h1>trying again</h1>

  • July 1, 2009, 5:34 p.m. CST


    by ceesusan

    one <strong>of these</strong> will work

  • July 1, 2009, 5:44 p.m. CST

    try again sorry

    by ceesusan

    <td><tr><b>one</b></tr></td>more time

  • July 1, 2009, 6:44 p.m. CST

    still trying

    by ceesusan

    <b>Why won't this work?

  • July 2, 2009, 3:05 a.m. CST

    If it's half as good as Salvage 1

    by Xiphos_2

    Then I'm there!

  • July 2, 2009, 6:45 a.m. CST


    by darthsynn

    I'm sure there will be some sort of stupid love triangle worked into the storyline.

  • July 2, 2009, 7:06 a.m. CST

    If this talkback is any indication...

    by tonagan

    this show is going to be a blockbuster! I'm being sarcastic!!!

  • July 2, 2009, 6:55 p.m. CST


    by humongous_shoat

    got the biggest cock in H'wood

  • July 2, 2009, 9:17 p.m. CST

    "Hilary, that's an interesting name."

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    "It's German. It means 'she whose bosoms defy gravity'."

  • July 3, 2009, 5 a.m. CST

    Ron Livingston = Sold!

    by RobFromBackEast

    Hugely underrated actor. I'll tune into this for him alone.

  • July 3, 2009, 8:49 a.m. CST

    This premise

    by Holy Hell

    has huge potential. Huge. Most premise-potential ever. Now it's all about execution. They should get David Simon and Aaron Sorkin and Dave Eggers in a room to write it just to see what happens - it could be genius. And just call it "Gravity".

  • July 4, 2009, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Who cares when STAR WARS: THE SERIES will be....


    ..raping your childhoods in...ok, I can't be bothered to look up when it's coming out.

  • July 5, 2009, 9:22 p.m. CST


    by TITBAG


  • July 6, 2009, 2:09 a.m. CST

    First contact

    by the podosphere

    is the obvious reason for sending out a secret UN-style space mission. <p> They may be able to pull this off, but the genre largely appeals to men and Gray's Anatomy largely appeals to women. IOW, nobody wants to see Spock speechify endlessly about his feelings, we want to see him kick Kirk's ass big-time before he gets control of himself. <p> Their real problem is going to be how to replace cast members who act up when the story has them so far from anywhere more humans could board. <p> I'm not saying it won't work; I'm just wondering how carefully they're considering their audience. This could kill in England (where they eat up all the cheese Dr. Who can possibly mold), but IMHO, if it ain't an action show they won't pull in the males.