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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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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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Dopesick  -  News

Thursday / July 02 / 2020

Disney+ Joins Comic-Con@Home

Three of Disney+ shows will be having virtual panels next month as part of the Comic-Con@Home event, including The Right Stuff. From the press release, Jake will be part of the panel.

UPDATE: Their panel is scheduled on July 25th, 1PM PST.

Disney will tout three projects coming to its Disney+ streaming service with virtual panels during next month’s Comic-Con@Home event.

Anthology docuseries Marvel’s 616, scripted original series The Right Stuff and animated movie Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe will all get screen time.

Comic-Con@Home will be held on the same dates as the physical Comic-Con, which was canceled due to COVID-19: July 22 to 26.

The Right Stuff, like the feature film and book it is based on, explores the early days of the U.S. space program. The first National Geographic scripted original series headed for Disney+, it comes from Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way and Warner Horizon Scripted Television.

The panel for the show will feature cast members Patrick J. Adams, Jake McDorman, Colin O’Donoghue, Michael Trotter, Aaron Staton, Micah Stock, James Lafferty, Nora Zehetner, Shannon Lucio, Eloise Mumford, Eric Ladin and Patrick Fischler. Showrunner and exec producer Mark Lafferty and executive producer Jennifer Davisson will also appear. The moderator will be former NASA Astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison.

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Thursday / January 23 / 2020

Jake McDorman to Star in Happiest Season

It was announced today that Jake is part of the star-studded cast of the romantic-comedy film, Happiest Season! Mary Steenburgen, Victor Garber, Alison Brie, and Dan Levy lead the cast. The film is set to hit theaters on November 20th.

Co-written by Mary Holland, Happiest Season follows a young woman (Stewart) whose plan to propose to her girlfriend (Davis) while at her family’s annual holiday party is upended when she discovers her partner hasn’t yet come out to her conservative parents (played by Steenburgen and Garber).

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Saturday / June 15 / 2019

Jake McDorman to Star in Nat Geo Series The Right Stuff

New project alert! Jake is set to star in National Geographic’s TV adaption of The Right Stuff, based on Tom Wolfe’s novel of the same name. He will portray Alan Shepard, one of the best test pilots in Navy history, who is furiously competitive. Production begins this fall, and the series is expected to premiere next year!

Jake McDorman (What We Do in the Shadows) and Joe Dempsie(Game of Thrones) are set to star opposite Patrick J. Adams in National Geographic’s scripted series The Right Stuff, based on Tom Wolfe’s best-selling nonfiction book. They will play three of the seven astronauts who comprised the famed Mercury Seven. Cast as the remaining four are Aaron Staton (Narcos: Mexico), Michael Trotter (Underground), Micah Stock (Escape at Dannemora) and James Lafferty (Castle Rock).

The Right Stuff,  from Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way and Warner Horizon Scripted Television, takes a look at what would become America’s first “reality show,” as ambitious astronauts and their families become instant celebrities in a competition that either will kill them or make them immortal in the quest to be a part of Project Mercury.

Adams plays Maj. John Glenn, a revered test pilot and committed family man with unwavering principles; McDorman portrays Alan Shepard, one of the best test pilots in Navy history, who is furiously competitive; Dempsie plays Lt. Gordon Cooper, the youngest of the seven who was selected to everyone’s surprise; Staton portrays Wally Schirra, a competitive pilot with a gift for pulling pranks; Lafferty plays Scott Carpenter, a soulful man who was dubbed “The Poet” by the other astronauts; Stock portrays Deke Slayton, a taciturn but incredibly intelligent pilot and engineer; and Trotter plays Gus Grissom, a no-nonsense test pilot who eventually becomes the second man in space.

The first season of The Right Stuff, which uses Wolfe’s book as its jumping-off point, starts at the height of the Cold War. To combat a national sentiment of fear and decline, the U.S. government conceives of NASA’s Project Mercury, igniting a space race with the Soviets and making instant celebrities of a handful of the military’s adrenaline-fueled test pilots. These individuals, who come to be known as the Mercury Seven, are forged into heroes long before they have achieved a single heroic act. At the heart of a historic drama populated by deeply human characters, archrivals Glenn and Shepard jockey to become the first man in space.

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Saturday / May 11 / 2019

CBS Cancels Murphy Brown

It’s official, Murphy Brown will not be returning for a twelfth season.

The return of Murphy Brown will not be returning to CBS. The network officially canceled the Candice Bergen-led series Friday after weeks of speculation on a possible eleventh-hour comeback.

In the second wave of revival fever fueling networks in recent years, the Emmy winning show returned to CBS last September almost 20 years after the original run of the Diane English-created series ended. However, tackling the fake news and politics of the Donald Trump era onscreen and the NFL on Fox on the schedule, the revival of the acerbic sitcom proved a pricey ratings disappointment.

Initially conceived as a one-time 13-episode run, the 11th season of sorts dived by 39% in viewers and the 18-49 demographic from its premiere to its December 20, 2018 finale, which had a 1.1 rating and an audience of 7.01 million.

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Murphy Brown  -  News

Wednesday / February 06 / 2019

What We Do in the Shadows Official Trailer

FX has released the full official trailer of the new vampire comedy series, What We Do in the Shadows, based on the feature film of the same name. The series will premiere on March 27th, 10 PM on FX! There’s no word on the character that Jake is playing though, but he will be a recurring guest star.

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