Grimm fans are pretty grim right now. Just as the series hit its full stride and seemed to only gain steam, its final season is winding down. As tonight’s finale arc begins, at least we now know that star David Giuntoli won’t be away from the small screen very long. He is beginning work on a new series pilot for CBS.
Mission Control will follow the fictional lives of NASA employees as they balance managing the current space program and their own personal drama. Giuntoli will star in the series along with Unforgettable and Without a Trace star Poppy Montgomery. Montgomery is continuing her long run on television after four years as the lead on Unforgettable, which switched networks from CBS to A&E in its final season.
The new series hails from The Martian novel author Andy Weir and the film adaptation’s producer Simon Kinberg. Jeremy Podeswa (Game of Thrones, True Detective, The Riches) will direct. Other cast members include Levi Fiehler (Ray Donovan, The Fosters) as Izzy, Mercy Malick (iZombie, Major Crimes) as Hoff, and ubiquitous character actor Nestor Serrano as Diaz.
First Matt Damon was the guy in the title–Private Ryan–the soldier rescued from the front lines in Saving Private Ryan. Now he is the guy in the title again, an astronaut on Mars who gets separated from his crew, left for dead, in the Winter 2015 release The Martian. Truth is stranger than fiction, so it will be hard to top Ron Howard’s ultimate big-budget space rescue Apollo 13, but the buzz is building for The Martian as the next Gravity or Interstellar.
That could be good or bad. It’s good because we all are waiting for the next great science fiction movie, and sometimes you have to go through plenty of weeds to find a rose. It’s bad because mainstream, big-budget outer space movies with major actors usually disappoint–wannabes that are never as good as their lower budget, often brainier brethren. Then again, it stars Matt Damon.
Matt Damon has taken on some interesting roles, earning him some street cred with sci-fi fans. Even if the films aren’t great, his performance typically is. Look at films like Elysium and The Adjustment Bureau. And he’s often one of the best features of other films, like Titan A.E., Ocean’s Eleven, The Bourne Identity, The Brothers Grimm, The Departed, and The Monuments Men.
Check out this first look at The Martian: