‘Once Upon a Time’s’ Joanna Garcia Swisher Joins ABC’s ‘Astronaut Wives Club’

The upcoming drama comes from “Gossip Girl” executive producers Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz

Last Updated: August 4, 2014 @ 11:31 AM

ABC’s “Astronaut Wives Club” has found its first member.

Joanna Garcia Swisher has been cast on the upcoming summer series from “Gossip Girl” producers Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz.

She’ll play Betty Grissom in the series about the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race.

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ABC desribes Betty as follows:

A bouncy redhead with curls askew and a folksy Hoosier accent, she is the wife of Gus Grissom, another of the original astronauts. She’s got a down home appeal, which endears her to the public. She also seems to have something of a clairvoyant gift when it comes to her dreams which often prove all too accurate. Terrified that her husband will die, Betty is growing increasingly nervous. She had worked hard to put Gus through college, and raised their son solo while he was off at war. She’s beginning to feel like they’re no longer a team.

The role reunites her with the “Gossip Girl” producers. She previously played Bree Buckley on The CW series’ third season.

Currently, Swisher plays the little mermaid, Ariel, on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time.” Her other major TV roles include NBC’s short-lived comedy “Animal Practice” and “Freaks and Geeks”; USA Network’s “Royal Pains”; ABC’s romantic comedy series “Better With You” and “Reba” and The CW’s “Privileged.”

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ABC ordered 10 episodes of the drama series, which teams Savage and Schwarz on their first show together since “Gossip Girl.” Len Goldstein will also executive produce with Savage and Schwartz for Fake Empire (“Hart of Dixie,” “Carrie Diaries”). Michael London (“Betas,” “The Illusionist”) will executive produce for Groundswell.

Janice Williams originally brought the project in to Groundswell.


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