Based on the book by Lily Koppel, this 10 episode series tells the story of the women who were key players behind some of the biggest events in American history. As America’s astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, Life Magazine documented the astronauts’ families, capturing the behind-the-scenes lives of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. As their celebrity rose and tragedy began to touch their lives, they rallied together.
'The Astronaut Wives Club' stars Dominique McElligott as Louise Shepard, JoAnna Garcia Swisher as Betty Grissom, Odette Annable as Trudy Cooper, Zoe Boyle as Jo Schirra, Azure Parsons as Annie Glenn, Erin Cummings as Marge Slayton, Yvonne Strahovski as Rene Carpenter, Desmond Harrington as Alan Shepard, Bret Harrison as Gordo Cooper, Kenneth Mitchell as Deke Slayton, Sam Reid as John Glenn, Aaron McCusker as Wally Schirra, Joel Johnstone as Gus Grissom and Wilson Bethel as Scott Carpenter.
Executive producers are Stephanie Savage, Josh Schwartz, Len Goldstein, Michael London, Janice Williams. The first episode will be directed by Lone Scherfig. The series is produced by ABC Studios, Fake Empire and Groundswell.