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Krysten Ritter to Star in NBC’s Astronaut Comedy

Congrats Krysten!

She’ll also be credited as a producer on the single-camera entry from exec producer Will Ferrell.

Krysten Ritter is ready to go to the moon for NBC.

The Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 alum is near a deal to play the starring role in the network’s period space comedy Mission Control, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The workplace ensemble comedy, from executive producer Will Ferrell, is set in 1962 and in the tone of Anchorman. The single-camera comedy examines what happens when a strong woman butts heads with a macho astronaut in the race to land on the moon.

Ritter will star as Mary, the tough girl and head engineer who leads the Apollo team at Mission Control at the NASA Manned Space Center (in 1965). She’s a woman in a man’s world who is super-smart, brisk without being brusque and immensely capable without losing her feminine appeal. When Tom Stone is brought in to add balance to Mission Control, Mary sees it as a sexist attempt to undercut everything she has done.

avid Hornsby (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) will pen the script and executive produce the Universal Television comedy alongside Gary Sanchez Productions’ Adam McKay and Ferrell. Ritter will also be credited as a producer on the comedy. She joins a cast that also includes Malcolm Barrett and Jonathan Slavin.

Ritter’s credits include Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, Search Party, Listen Up Philip, Asthma and Rob Thomas’ upcoming Veronica Mars feature film, reprising her role from the TV series. She’s repped by WME, Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management and Bloom Hergott.

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Krysten Ritter To Star In Jake Hoffman Directorial Debut ‘Asthma’

EXCLUSIVE: Dustin Hoffman made his directorial debut last year with Quartet and now son Jake Hoffman is helming his first feature. Starring Krysten Ritter and Aussie newcomer Benedict Samuel, Hoffman’s Asthma examines the consequences of the live fast, die young mentality in NYC’s indie rock scene. Produced by Noah C. Haeussner and executive produced by Michael Raimondi, the Hoffman written film will begin production in the fall. Union Entertainment Group is producing and co-financing, and WME is handling domestic sales. Christine Lahti is also in the indie as is Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes playing himself. Benedict Samuel is with WME, Management 360 and United Management in Australia. Lahti is represented by ICM Partners and Management 360. Currently filming the Tim Burton-directed Big Eyes with Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams in film and in the NBC comedy pilot Assistance, former Don’t Trust the B—- In Apt 23 star Ritter is repped by WME, The Group Entertainment and Sanders Armstrong Casert. Jake Hoffman is with WME and Generate.

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NBC’s ‘Assistance’ Gets Order For 3 More Scripts, Actors’ Options Extended

I hear NBC is keeping comedy pilot Assistance in contention with an order for three more scripts. Additionally, I hear producing studio Universal TV has extended the options on several cast members, including star Krysten Ritter and pilot standout Alfred Molina. Assistance, from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Prods, is based on the play by Leslye Headland, who wrote the adaptation. It centers on an idealistic “working girl” assistant (Ritter) who is pulled between her colleague (“work husband”) and her real-life fiance while trying to manage a demanding (translation: crazy) boss.

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Krysten Ritter Joins ‘Veronica Mars’ Movie

Krysten Ritter is the latest cast member to join the “Veronica Mars” movie, creator Rob Thomas announced in an email to Kickstarter contributors on Friday.

“I’m delighted to confirm that Krysten Ritter will be returning as Gia Goodman,” Thomas told fans. “Despite the name of her most recent television series, Krysten couldn’t be lovelier to work with. I’m thrilled that she’ll be joining us for the movie.”

Ritter — star of the recently cancelled ABC series “Don’t Trust The B—- In Apt. 23” — also shared an enthusiastic message with fans about her return to the world of “Mars.”

“G-G-G-Gia!!!! I’m thrilled to be reprising my role of Gia Goodman in the Veronica Mars movie!!! It’s gonna be very juicy Marshmallows!!!!! AAAHHHH!!!! Forgive my over-use of exclamation points. Since you can’t hear me squealing, I’m reduced to excessive punctuation. Ha!

Veronica Mars has a special place in my heart because it was my first big acting job (!!!!!!) and it was also one of the most lovely on-set experiences you could ever ask for. This will truly be an awesome shoot, not only because we all get to be reunited (can’t WAIT!) but because of the revolutionary way this all was able to come to life!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to Rob Thomas, Kristen Bell, Kickstarter, and most of all, to you, our AMAZING FANS, for making it happen. I’m honored to be a part of it!”

Ritter’s Gia is the daughter of the wealthy businessman Woody Goodman, and she was best known for being kind of a ditz on the original series. She appeared in eight episodes of Season 2.

Ritter joins previously announced alums including Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Chris Lowell, Percy Daggs III, Francis Capra, Christine Lakin, Daran Norris, Amanda Noret, Sam Huntington, Tina Majorino, Brandon Hillock, Jonathan Chesner, Kevin Sheridan and Enrico Colantoni, who have already signed on for the “Veronica Mars” movie.

The “Veronica Mars” movie is set to debut in early 2014.

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