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Space Reporters Could Get 'Mad Men' Treatment in New Show

Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin stands on the lunar surface during the first moon landing in 1969
Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin stands on the lunar surface during the first moon landing in 1969. (Image credit: Apollo 11/NASA)

Move over, Don Draper … astronauts could be on your tail. In what is absolutely sure to be my most anticipated show of any year, the writers of 'Mad Men' — AMC's fictional account of advertising executives in the 1960s — could be turning their attention to journalists covering the space program in the same time period, according to press reports.

The show, tentatively titled "Cocoa Beach," will focus on imagining the lives and work of space writers during the decade of the Apollo missions and the space race on Florida's Space Coast. As reported by Florida Today, the new show isn't a done deal yet, but something is in the works.

I'm not sure what could be better than giving the advent of the American space program the "Mad Men" treatment. That era was filled with an intrigue that doesn't exist today partially because of 24-hour news cycle and the Internet. Just personally, I'd love to see some of that drama played out on the small screen.

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Miriam Kramer

Miriam Kramer joined as a Staff Writer in December 2012. Since then, she has floated in weightlessness on a zero-gravity flight, felt the pull of 4-Gs in a trainer aircraft and watched rockets soar into space from Florida and Virginia. She also served as's lead space entertainment reporter, and enjoys all aspects of space news, astronomy and commercial spaceflight.  Miriam has also presented space stories during live interviews with Fox News and other TV and radio outlets. She originally hails from Knoxville, Tennessee where she and her family would take trips to dark spots on the outskirts of town to watch meteor showers every year. She loves to travel and one day hopes to see the northern lights in person. Miriam is currently a space reporter with Axios, writing the Axios Space newsletter. You can follow Miriam on Twitter.