Let loose your space puns and NASA allusions, as the very funny and talented Krysten Ritter has, shall we say, landed in a new comedy.
Ritter, who recently was the titular vamp in ‘Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23,’ is reportedly nearing a deal to star in the forthcoming NBC sitcom ‘Mission Control.’
The young actress is set to star in the pilot developed by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell, who most recently teamed up on the rather successful sequel to ‘Anchorman.’ It’s a series that looks to copy the same satirical tone and absurd nature of that legendary film, pitting a man against a woman in workplace drama amid sexist times.
‘Mission Control’ is set in the 1960s and follows the fervid space race and attempts to land on the moon for the first time. Ritter will portray Mary, a smart and savvy, as well as beautiful (these traits aren’t mutually exclusive here, to be sure) head engineer who leads the Apollo team at Mission Control in the NASA Manned Space Center.
However, as a woman in a man’s world, she is forced to work with a gent who has come in untrustworthy and very dismissive – so it sounds like Ron Burgundy and Veronica Corningstone already.
Ritter, who also had a famous stint on ‘Breaking Bad’ before assuming the role of Chloe for two seasons on ‘B,’ will also be a producer on the series, and with such star power and proven comedic chops behind it, this pilot seems likely to be picked up – or achieve liftoff, I suppose.