Space Force TV Series Overview


Introduction

Space Force is an American comedy web television series looking at the people tasked with creating a sixth branch of the armed services: The Space Force.

Outline

Space Force is a workplace comedy series that centres on a group of people tasked with establishing the sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces, the United States Space Force.

Carell’s character, Mark Naird, is the general in charge of the effort and the series follows his collaboration to get “boots on the moon” per the orders of the President.

Cast

  • Main:
    • Steve Carell as General Mark R. Naird, the Space Force’s first Chief of Space Operations.
    • John Malkovich as Dr. Adrian Mallory, Space Force chief scientist.
    • Ben Schwartz as F. Tony Scarapiducci, Space Force social media director.
    • Diana Silvers as Erin Naird, Mark’s teenage daughter.
    • Tawny Newsome as Captain Angela Ali, a Space Force helicopter pilot, and later, astronaut. In the final minutes of the last episode of season 2, she is promoted to Major.
    • Jimmy O. Yang as Dr. Chan Kaifang, Dr. Mallory’s lead assistant (season 2; recurring season 1).
    • Don Lake as Brigadier General Bradley Gregory, Naird’s adjutant (season 2; recurring season 1).
  • Recurring (Military):
    • Noah Emmerich as General Kick Grabaston, Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force.
    • Alex Sparrow as Captain Yuri “Bobby” Telatovich, a Russian Space Forces liaison with the Space Force, spy, and illegitimate son of Vladimir Putin.
    • Roy Wood Jr. as Colonel Bert Mellows, US Army liaison to the Space Force.
    • Jane Lynch as Chief of Naval Operations.
    • Diedrich Bader as General Rongley, Chief of Staff of the United States Army.
    • Patrick Warburton as General Dabney Stramm, Commandant of the Marine Corps.
    • Larry Joe Campbell as Admiral Louis Biffoont, Commandant of the Coast Guard.
    • Spencer House as Duncan Tabner, a Space Force security guard from Alabama.
    • Jamison Webb as Major Lee Baxter.
    • Brandon Molale as Captain Clarke Luffinch, USAF.
  • Recurring (Politicians):
    • Dan Bakkedahl as John Blandsmith, Secretary of Defence (Season 1).
    • Ginger Gonzaga as Anabela Ysidro-Campos, credited and referred to as “the Angry Young Congresswoman” and also known as AYC, a parody of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
    • Concetta Tomei as Representative Pitosi, a parody of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
    • Alan Blumenfeld as Senator Schugler, a parody of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
    • Tim Meadows as Secretary of Defence (Season 2).
  • Recurring (Scientists):
    • Jessica St. Clair as Kelly King, structural engineer and civil contractor.
    • Thomas Ohrstrom as Dr. Vandeveld.
    • Nancy Lantis as Dr. Wolf.
    • Punam Patel as Dr. Ranatunga.
    • JayR Tinaco as Dr. Xyler.
  • Recurring (Family):
    • Fred Willard as Fred Naird, Mark’s father (season 1).
    • Lisa Kudrow as Maggie Naird, Mark’s wife.
  • Recurring (Other):
    • Chris Gethard as Eddie Broser.
    • Landon Ashworth as Gabe Eli.
    • Owen Daniels as Obie Hanrahan.
    • Aparna Nancherla as Pella Bhat.
    • Hector Duran as Julio Díaz-José.
    • Carolyn Wilson as Louise Papaleo.
    • Vivis Colombetti as Hilde.
    • Amanda Lund as Anna.
    • Marc Sully Saint-Fleur as Jean Baptiste Bosou.
    • Scott Michael Morgan as Emmett Bunyan.
  • Guest:
    • Rahul Nath as Dr. Chandreshekar.
    • Tommy Cook as Representative Bob White.
    • Asif Ali as Captain Dave Powers, USSF.
    • Michael Hitchcock as Jerome Lalosz.
    • Alice Wetterlund as Major Jane Pike, USSF.
    • Punkie Johnson as Staff Sergeant Kiki Rhodes, USSF.
    • Kaitlin Olson as Edison Jaymes, “an Elizabeth Holmes-esque tech wiz”.
    • Janina Gavankar as Hannah Howard, Jaymes’ social media manager.
    • Bruce Locke as General Tsengjun, a Chinese general of People’s Liberation Army.
    • Megan Grano as Reporter No. 2 (Meredith).
    • Jessica McKenna as Participant No. 2.
    • Patton Oswalt as Captain Lancaster, an astronaut stationed in space (season 2).
    • Terry Crews as the new Air Force Chief of Staff (season 2).
    • Tim Chiou as Chinese astronaut Dr. Lim (season 2).

Production

Development

On 16 January 2019, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order for a ten-episode first season. The series is co-created by Greg Daniels and Steve Carell and is executive produced by Daniels, Carell, and Howard Klein through 3 Arts Entertainment. On 13 November 2020, the series was renewed for a second season, produced in Vancouver to lower the show’s budget. Producer Daniels explained that they would refocus the tone and emphases of the show for the second season and that they had brought veteran comedy director Ken Kwapis in to help achieve that goal.

Casting

Alongside the initial series order announcement, it was confirmed that Carell would star in the series.

On 26 September 2019, it was announced that John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, Diana Silvers and Tawny Newsome had joined that series as main cast and Jimmy O. Yang, Alex Sparrow and Don Lake as recurring cast. In October 2019, Noah Emmerich, Fred Willard and Jessica St. Clair joined the cast in recurring roles. In April 2020, it was announced Lisa Kudrow had joined the cast in a recurring role. In May 2020, it was reported that Jane Lynch and Roy Wood Jr. were cast in recurring roles.

The series features the last television performance by Willard, who died on 15 May 2020, two weeks before the show’s release.

Filming

Principal photography for the first season commenced in Los Angeles, California, on 01 October 2019, and ended on 10 January 2020. Most exterior shots of the fictional Space Force base were shot on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills. Filming for season 2 began in late May 2021 in Vancouver and wrapped in late June 2021.

Release

The series was released on Netflix on 29 May 2020. At their Q2 report meeting in July 2020, Netflix reported the series had been viewed by about 40 million households since its release. In August 2020, it was estimated that 8.3% of subscribers had watched the series over its first month. The second season premiered on 18 February 2022.

Trivia

  • Principal photography for the first season commenced in Los Angeles, California on 26 September 2019 and ended on 10 January 2020.
  • On 05 May 2020, a teaser trailer for the series was released.
  • The series premiered on Netflix on May 29, 2020.
  • It features the last television performance by comedian Fred Willard, who died on 15 May 2020.

Space Force Series

Production and Filming Details

  • Creator(s):
    • Steve Carell.
    • Greg Daniels.
  • Director(s):
    • Paul King.
    • Tom Marshall.
    • Dee Rees.
    • Jeff Blitz.
    • Daina Reid.
  • Producer(s):
    • Greg Daniels.
    • Steve Carell.
    • Howard Klien.
    • Brent Forrester.
    • Paul King.
    • Caroline James.
    • Lauren Houseman.
    • Michael Maccarone.
  • Writer(s):
    • Steve Carell.
    • Greg Daniels.
    • Shepard Boucher.
    • Lauren Houseman.
    • Brent Forrester.
    • Aasia Lashay Bullock.
    • Connor Hines.
    • Yael Green.
    • Maxwell Theodore Vivian.
    • Paul Lieberstein.
  • Music:
    • Carter Burwell.
  • Cinematography:
    • Simon Chapman.
  • Editor(s):
    • David Rogers.
    • Susan Vaill.
  • Production:
    • Deedle-Dee Productions.
    • Film Flam.
    • 3 Arts Entertainment.
  • Distributor(s):
    • Netflix.
  • Release Date:
    • Series 01: 29 May 2020.
    • Series 02: 18 February 2022.
  • Running Time: 27-36 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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