The Right Stuff astronauts have been grounded by mission control: Disney + canceled the space drama after just one season, according to our sister site Deadline. Producers Warner Bros. Television reportedly bought the series from other channels, with TNT and HBO Max in the mix.
Produced by Nat Geo, a 1979 adaptation by Tom Wolfe, the series chronicles the beginnings of the United States’ NASA program and the lives of the first American astronauts known as the Mercury Seven. Season one starred Patrick J. Adams (Suits) as John Glenn, Jake McDorman (Limitless) as Alan Shepard, and Colin O’Donoghue (Once Upon a Time) as Gordon “Gordo” Cooper, all hoping to be the first American to be in space. The rest of the Mercury Seven was filled in by Scott Carpenter (James Lafferty of One Tree Hill), Wally Schirra (Aaron Staton of Mad Men), Gus Grissom (Michael Trotter of Underground), and Deke Slayton (Escape at Dannemora’s Micah Stock).
The cast also consisted of Patrick Fischler (Happy!) And Eric Ladin (Bosch) as NASA leaders Bob Gilruth and Chris Kraft, respectively. Nora Zehetner (Grey’s Anatomy), Shannon Lucio (The OC) and Eloise Mumford (Chicago Fire) portrayed women astronauts.
The season one finale, released on November 20, told the story of Shepard’s successful Freedom Seven flight on May 5, 1961, after which President Kennedy asked the US to land a man on the moon by the end of the decade.
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