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Will Ferrell's 1960s Astronaut Sitcom Lands at NBC EW

NBC has ordered a project from Will Ferrell and his production partner Adam McKay, reports EW.com’s Inside TV. The network ordered a pilot for “Mission Control,” an astronaut comedy set in 1962 and featuring a strong woman who deals with a macho astronaut.

David Hornsby of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” will be the showrunner for the pilot.

The idea was previously a movie pitch, the story notes.

“It’s rare for comedies to be set so far in the past," the article adds. "Usually if a sitcom is going retro, it’s set within the last few decades, such as ‘The Goldbergs,’ 'That ’70s Show’ and ‘Wonder Years.’”

However, this won't be the first time astronauts have been at the center of a comedy series. Among the previous efforts, "I Dream of Jeannie" had a successful five-season run on NBC in the 1960s, while "It's About Time," from "Gilligan's Island" creator Sherwood Schwartz, focused on time-traveling astronauts and cave people and survived for one season on CBS from 1966-1967.

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