Some might assume a new comedy series called Space Force might just share the name with the brand new branch of the armed forces by coincidence. But it turns out, the new series from Steve Carell and Netflix was all in on turning the latest addition to the government into a comedy series. The first Space Force photos have landed, promising Steve Carell will be bringing outer space directly to your living room.
The synopsis promises a workplace comedy that just so happens to be set inside the branch of the military trying to bring mankind into space.
A decorated pilot with dreams of running the Air Force, four-star general Mark R. Naird (Steve Carell) is thrown for a loop when he finds himself tapped to lead the newly formed sixth branch of the US Armed Forces: Space Force. Skeptical but dedicated, Mark uproots his family and moves to a remote base in Colorado where he and a colorful team of scientists and “Spacemen” are tasked by the White House with getting American boots on the moon (again) in a hurry and achieving total space dominance.
Check out the photos from this upcoming series, produced by Carell and The Office's Greg Daniels. Here's Carell as Mark Naird.
Lisa Kudrow (Friends) plays his wife, Maggie.
Their daughter (Diana Silvers) looks thrilled to be here.
And whatever Noah Emmerich is trying to tell Mark R. Naird, he clearly doesn't want to hear it.
Carell's salary for Space Force — including co-creator and exec producer fees — sets a new overall record for talent, likely topping the $1-million-per-episode paydays that the cast members of CBS' The Big Bang Theory previously netted. With The Office ranking as one of Netflix's most-watched acquired series — sources note that it often collects more viewers than some of its originals — the streamer stepped up after hearing Carell was ready to return to series-regular television and aggressively pursued the project. The show was not shopped elsewhere.
The show was picked up straight to series in January of 2019, six months after the Trump administration first announced the Space Force program in June of 2018.
I don't know who John Malkovich is playing, but he seems like the bomb.
If Carell isn't saying, "Wait, did you say bombs?" in this photo, I'll eat my hat.
Jimmy O. Yang plays a recurring scientist character, who I assume I horrified by everything.
This picture seems to confirm that theory.
And finally, Ben Schwartz co-stars alongside Carell.
Space Force will premiere on Friday, May 29, 2020 on Netflix with 10 episodes.