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"The Astronaut Wives Club" review by Suzanne 7/15/15
Airs Thursdays, 8/7c on ABC

This is based on a book, which of course is based on real life. I haven't read the book, so I can't say how they compare. In some ways, the show reminds me of the ABC show "Pan Am" from a few years ago. That was about a young, pretty group of stewardesses back in the 60's. It was somewhat of a soap opera. What elevates this show is that it's based on real people, and also, the plot doesn't get quite as convoluted. I think they do a very good job with it.

The show is about the wives of the first astronauts in the U.S. Life magazine did a feature on them and they became celebrities.  Both the wives and husbands are under a lot of stress from these dangerous jobs that have brought them fame and fortune. They also have secrets, like cheating spouses, drinking, divorce, and a lot more. It's fascinating to see what went on back then.

The acting is outstanding. Two of the actors are from "Dexter" and one is from "House," among a few other familiar faces. It shows a bit of what life was like back then (as far as I can recall...I was very little in the 60's) and how the "space race" affected us. I hope that the show is very successful and gets more people interested in space travel.

They also do a fine job helping us tell so many characters apart, back in a time when hairstyles were not so varied (and almost everyone is white). I've enjoyed the episodes I've seen so far. It also reminds me somewhat of a WGN show called "Manhattan," but this is more enjoyable summer fluff. It's not quite as sexy as "Mistresses," but I hope they bring it back next Summer! Check it out.


ABC's new television drama series based on the book by Lily Koppel, "The Astronaut Wives Club" focuses on seven women who were key players behind some of the biggest events in American history.  As America's astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, the lives of their young wives were transformed, seemingly overnight, from military spouses to American royalty. As their celebrity rose, and tragedy began to touch their lives, they rallied together. "The Astronaut Wives Club" premieres THURSDAY, JUNE 18 8|7c on ABC.

"The Astronaut Wives Club"  stars JoAnna Garcia Swisher as Betty Grissom; Yvonne Strahovski as Rene Carpenter; Dominique McElligott as Louise Shepard; Odette Annable as Trudy Cooper; Erin Cummings as Marge Slayton; Azure Parsons as Annie Glenn; Zoe Boyle as Jo Schirra; Desmond Harrington as Alan Shepard; Bret Harrison as Gordo Cooper; Wilson Bethel as Scott Carpenter; Kenneth Mitchell as Deke Slayton; Joel Johnstone as Gus Grissom; Sam Reid as John Glenn and Aaron McCusker as Wally Schirra.  The first episode was directed by Lone Scherfig, director of the Academy AwardŽ-nominated film "An Education."

"The Astronaut Wives Club"is executive produced by Stephanie Savage ("Gossip Girl," "The O.C."); Josh Schwartz ("The O.C"; "Chuck"); Len Goldstein ("The Carrie Diaries," "Hart of Dixie"); Michael London ("Milk," "Appaloosa") and Janice Williams ("All Good Things," "The Hollars").  

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