'Anchorman'-by-way-of-NASA Comedy Among NBC's New Pilot Orders

January 16, 2014


With NBC still looking for the big workplace comedy to replace the phenomenon that was Outsourced, the network has ordered a NASA-set workplace pilot called Mission Control. Marrying outdated gender politics and the equally-outdated idea of space travel as a priority, the project is set in 1962, and it pits an arrogant, misogynist astronaut against a strong-willed female coworker. The project being described as something like a space-race Anchorman, with part of that detail coming from the fact that Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are producing. It's Always Sunny writer/Cricket David Hornsby is also involved, guaranteeing that, if nothing else, this thing is going to have so much comically off-the-wall belligerence.

Also in NBC's pilot orders: Borat and Bruno writer Dan Mazer's Love Is Relative, a new-model You, Me and Dupree that sees a couple forced to live with a divorced brother. And Ellen More or Less, New Girl writer J.J. Philbin's sitcom about a woman who recently lost 100 pounds--the perfect series for those who chuckle whenever a person holds up an oversized pair of jeans that used to fit them.

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