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Saturday / April 03 / 2021

Disney+ Cancels The Right Stuff

Contrary to earlier reports, Disney+ has officially cancelled The Right Stuff after one season. However, it’s currently being shopped to other platforms, so hopefully it can find a new home and continue.

Disney+ has opted not to order a second season of space race series The Right Stuff. The Mercury 7 period drama, starring Patrick J. Adams and Jake McDorman, originated at National Geographic before launching as a Disney+ original last October. It is Disney+’s first scripted series cancellation.

Warner Bros. Television, the studio behind The Right Stuff, is shopping it to other outlets, with WarnerMedia siblings TNT and HBO Max considered logical potential targets. I hear the options on the cast expire tomorrow, and WBTV has asked for a two-week extension while the efforts to find a new home continue.

Disney+’s decision not to proceed with a second season of The Right Stuff, adapted from Tom Wolfe’s bestselling nonfiction account of the early days of the U.S. space program, came after lengthy discussions with WBTV. I hear they examined different ideas for continuing the series, including a second season focused on a new mission from the 1980s, likely with a new cast. 

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Saturday / February 06 / 2021

Gallery Update: The Right Stuff Season 1

Our gallery has finally been updated with high-quality stills and high-resolution screencaps from the first season of The Right Stuff! The show has been renewed for a second season, and will be moving production from Florida to California. No official plot yet, but assuming they pick up where they left off, it might focus on the space race to the moon!



Friday / February 05 / 2021

Happiest Season Screen Captures

Our gallery has finally been updated with high-resolution screencaps from Happiest Season! It was a Christmas-themed romantic-comedy film originally scheduled for a theatrical release. However, due to the pandemic, it was released digitally on Hulu last November.


Thursday / October 08 / 2020

Interview with Assignment X

One day to go until the series premiere of The Right Stuff! Check out this interview of Assignment X wherein Jake discussed the television adaptation of the Tom Wolfe novel and portraying a real-life American legend.

ASSIGNMENT X: How much of the Mercury 7 story did you already know when you became involved with THE RIGHT STUFF?

JAKE McDORMAN: Honestly, not very much at all. I think I recognized John Glenn’s name. I mean, I knew about THE RIGHT STUFF probably more than I did about what THE RIGHT STUFF was about. So, I recognized that IP. My dad talked about the movie all the time, specifically Scott Glenn [who played Shepard in the feature film version], but no pressure there from Dad. But more than that, not too much, which was interesting, because that meant when I read the script, that was really the first framework I had for what our show was going to be, without having the movie’s adaptation rattling around up there, or even the book. So, it was really the script that was my first introduction to the Mercury Program, and certainly who Alan Shepard was, and the other astronauts in the script – Wally Schirra [played by Aaron Staton], Scott Carpenter [played by James Lafferty], and Deke Slayton [played by Micah Stock]. So, I had a lot of research to do.

AX: The movie cast was a little confusing, because you had the actor Sam Shepard playing Chuck Yeager, and then there was Alan Shepard as a character, who was played by Scott Glenn, and Ed Harris was playing John Glenn, and when you were thinking about it later, it was like, “Wait, Shepard is …?”

McDORMAN: [laughs] I know, I know. We made a joke at the table read like that. It was like, “I’m Jake McDorman, and I’m playing Sam Shepard.”

AX: As a character, is Alan Shepard a departure for you? Because he and John Glenn, particularly, seemed to have egos the size of buildings. You generally play less swaggering people, apart from the Dark Ages warlord in WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS …

McDORMAN: Yeah. Alan Shepard is a departure for me in a lot of ways. The first thing is that he comes from a military family. His dad was in the [U.S.] Army, his granddad was in the Army, and Shepard himself was in the Navy. So that already comes from a family background that’s really different than anything that I’m used to. I don’t have any immediate family that served. So even just understanding what a family like that is like, what an upbringing like that is like, as far as the discipline, how the chain of command trickles down not just professionally, but also at home, the relationship that Shepard has with his father, is a big departure from anything that I’ve played before, or anything that I really know in my personal life.

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Tuesday / October 06 / 2020

The Right Stuff World Premiere

Jake attended the world premiere of The Right Stuff at the Disney+ Drive-In Festival yesterday. Check out some photos in our gallery! Don’t forget the double-episode season premiere this Friday.


Tuesday / September 22 / 2020

Jake McDorman Joins Hulu’s Dopesick

Jake has joined the cast of Hulu’s upcoming drama, Dopesick, in a recurring guest star role! The miniseries stars Kaitlyn Dever, Michael Keaton, Will Poulter, and Peter Sarsgaard.

The series looks into the epicenter of America’s struggle with opioid addiction, taking viewers from a distressed Virginia mining community, to the hallways of the DEA, and to the opulence of “one percenter” Big Pharma Manhattan. The eight-episode limited series is based on the New York Times bestselling book of the same name by Beth Macy.

Soo will play Amber, a sales rep with Purdue Pharma who is part of the first team to sell OxyContin. McDorman will play John Brownlee, a US Attorney overseeing the case against Purdue Pharma that focused on the marketing practices surrounding OxyContin.

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Tuesday / September 22 / 2020

Jake McDorman for Esquire Latinoamerica

Jake recently spoke with Esquire Latinoamerica via Zoom to discuss his latest project, The Right Stuff, and more! This article is originally in Spanish, so apologies if the automatic translation is inaccurate.

ESQUIRE: Tell us about The Right Stuff.

JAKE MCDORMAN: The series is based on Tom Wolfe’s book of the same name, which tells the story of a group of astronauts in the American Space Program , where they tested experimental aircraft and rockets. 

It tells who they were, what they did, enters their personal lives and shows us what their relationships with their wives were like.

It was very interesting because they became famous in the world, the American media projected them as celebrities and they were not necessarily prepared for that level of fame.

ESQ: What made you decide to participate in this production?

JM: Honestly, it was a bit of everything. The pilot script was fantastic, one of the best I’ve read in years for a single camera drama.

He had a lot of different characters to introduce and juggle ; all that, in one hour of broadcast, is impressive. I think Mark Lafferty (the producer) did incredibly well. 

Plus, Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company was involved, which has a certain pedigree and makes you feel like you’re in good hands, and the fact that it was for NatGeo (Disney + wasn’t involved at the time) gave it even more exposure.

ESQ: Do you have anything in common with your character, Alan Shepard?

JM: Yes, I think you always find coincidences with the characters you play. I would say insecurities can be pretty universal, and even though these guys did very brave things, they are still human. 

Alan’s reluctance to be famous, as well as his ongoing struggle with being a celebrity and the fame that came with the Space Program, are things any actor can relate to. 

Alan and the other six astronauts were among the most famous people in the 1960s; I, obviously, have not lived something like that or at that level, but in my microcosm I can understand the anxiety of being in the public eye.

ESQ: Of all the characters you have played so far, which has been your favorite?

JM: Brian Finch from Limitless. I didn’t play it for that long, but it was a show focused on this character’s experience and the show’s writers were terrific, they wrote according to my strengths and allowed me to have fun with it. 

I also really enjoyed my experience on HBO’s Watchmen, the character was kind of nefarious, but it was a fun world and I’m a huge fan of comics. 

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