mission control krysten ritter nbc upfronts interview gi 'Mission Control's' Krysten Ritter: 'A woman in a man's world at NASA'

“Mission Control,” a comedy set at NASA back in the ’60s, stars Krysten Ritter (“Don’t Trust the B— in Apt. 23”) as Dr. Mary Kendricks — a lone, brilliant woman helping send man into space. Unfortunately, she’s surrounded by men while she does so.

Zap2it caught up with Ritter at the NBC upfronts on Monday (May 12). Check out what the actress had to say about her show in this interview.

First of all, it’s safe to say that Ritter is rather enthusiastic about the show. “‘Mission Control,’ ready for take-off! Coming in hot!” she exclaimed at the beginning of the interview. There was, at least, an explanation: “Tommy Dewey, my co-star, started saying ‘Coming in hot,’ so I’m trying to make it a thing.”

What sort of show is this midseason comedy likely to be? “It’s Gary Sanchez’s show, so it’s safe to say it feels like a Gary Sanchez show,” Ritter explains. “It’s very ‘Anchorman’ in tone, meets ’30 Rock.’ It’s about a woman in a man’s world at NASA. I play the only woman working at NASA. She’s really smart and fabulous and empowered, but she’s working amongst some bumbling idiots, and that’s very frustrating for her. And that’s where comedy ensues.”

The experience of working in a man’s world isn’t just fictional to Ritter though. “Sometimes I was like … Because on set, it’s all boys. It feels like a boys’ club. I was like, ‘Oh my God! Art and life — where does it start and stop?’ It’s just like life was imitating art,” she says.

“Mission Control” and its fabulous woman are set to premiere at midseason on NBC.

Posted by:Laurel Brown