Yvonne Strahovski joins ABC’s ‘Astronaut Wives Club,’ reteaming with ‘Chuck’ boss Josh Schwartz
Mid-season drama created by Stephanie Savage to focus on the wives of NASA’s original astronauts
With the future of the “24” franchise — and her role as Jack Bauer’s latest trusty sidekick — in limbo, Yvonne Strahovski has gone back to the past in more ways than one with her new gig, reteaming with “Chuck” co-creator Josh Schwartz to play one of the title roles in ABC’s “Astronaut Wives Club.”
Created by Stephanie Savage (Schwartz’s partner on “Gossip Girl,” and in the production company Fake Empire, which is part of the show), based on the best-selling novel by Lily Koppel, “Astronaut Wives Club” tells the story of the women behind NASA’s early astronauts, and how they deal with being catapulted into national celebrity overnight even as their husbands are preparing to be launched into orbit.
Strahovski will play Rene Carpenter, wife of Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter. The press notes suggest that “Her modern attitudes are source of both conflict and courage for the other Astrowives. Over time, Rene finds her own voice and awakens to a higher calling in politics, civil rights and women’s issues.” She joins a cast that already includes JoAnna Garcia Swisher as Betty Grissom and Odette Annable as Trudy Cooper.
And the prettiest of them all is returning to the telly… awesome!