Space Force lands season 2 renewal at Netflix
After initially receiving mixed reviews from critics but solid reviews from audiences in its first season, Netflix has elected to greenlight a second season of the Steve Carell-starring comedy Space Force from The Office creator Greg Daniels, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
With the series already proving to be a pricey effort in its first season given its starry cast and Los Angeles-based shoot, Netflix has chosen to move production from LA to Vancouver with filming slated to begin sometime next year. In addition, in hopes of finding a more-acclaimed creative path, frequent Daniels collaborator Norm Hiscock (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks and Recreation) has joined the series as co-showrunner with co-star Jimmy O. Yang (Fantasy Island) also joining the writers room.
The streaming service gave Space Force a straight-to-series order, which is described as a workplace comedy focusing on a group of people who must develop a sixth branch of the military, inspired by President Trump’s desire to develop a “Space Force” military branch.
The series is led by Golden Globe winner Steve Carell (The Office) as General Mark R. Naird and John Malkovich (Bird Box) as Dr. Adrian Mallory. It will also star Lisa Kudrow (Friends), Diana Silvers (Booksmart, Ma) as Erin Naird, Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) as F. Tony Scarapiducci, Yang as Dr. Chan Kaifang, Tawny Newsome as Angela Ali and Alex Sparrow as Bobby Telatovich.
Space Force marks the reunion between Carell and The Office creator Greg Daniels. Carell and Daniels co-created the series together and are executive producing alongside 3 Arts’ Howard Klein, whom the two previously worked with on the acclaimed NBC comedy that ran for eight years. The series also served as Carell’s first major comeback to comedy after 7 years since departing The Office in 2013.
Netflix has been streaming The Office for years and ratings are reportedly higher than many of its original series on the service and picked the show up upon hearing of the project before it could be shopped to any other networks.