At the rate it's going, NBC won't have any new series left by the time it gets to the midseason. The network has grounded the Krysten Ritter-fronted comedy Mission Control prior to launch, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
It's the second NBC project this year to get the axe before making it to air; in August, the network scrapped its Wizard of Oz event series Emerald City.
Mission Control starred Ritter (Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23) as a headstrong woman in the space program during the 1960s. It was expected to debut in early 2015 along with the final season of Parks and Recreation and new comedies One Big Happy, Mr. Robinson, andUnbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
The Hollywood Reporter cites casting issues as Mission Control's cause of death. Smallville's Michael Rosenbaum exited the show shortly after it was picked up to series (he will soon star in TV Land's Impastor instead), and producers struggled to recast various other roles around Ritter, ultimately leading NBC to decommission the project.
Word on the street was that Mission Control, which hailed from writer David Hornsby (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and executive producers Adam McKay and Will Ferrell, was similar in tone to Anchorman, but now we'll never know.
NBC isn't alone in "reconsidering" the programming slate it first announced in May; in July, Fox jettisoned its Ancient Egypt-set drama Hieroglyph.
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