The Astronaut Wives Club

"The Astronaut Wives Club" stars JoAnna Garcia Swisher (left) as Betty Grissom, Odette Annable as Trudy Cooper, Azure Parsons as Annie Glenn, Yvonne Strahovski as Rene Carpenter, Dominique McElligott as Louise Shepard, Zoe Boyle as Jo Schirra and Erin Cummings as Marge Slayton.


Several new series premiere this week. Here’s a look at three of them:

“The Astronaut Wives Club,” 7 p.m. Thursday, ABC (Time Warner Cable channels 7, 8, 1200, 1201). Based on Lily Koppel’s book, the series chronicles the lives of the women married to the Mercury 7 astronauts.

This one may remind some of Lifetime’s “Army Wives,” except it’s based in the 1960s -- you have to love the clothes, hair and cars -- and involves real people, some of whom are still around. John and Annie Glenn, for instance, are 93 and 95 years old, respectively.

These real people had real-life problems, which were difficult to keep hidden in the massive spotlight. Louise Shepard and Trudy Cooper struggled with their marriages, Annie Glenn dealt with a speech impairment, and, Betty Grissom, well, she became a widow way too young.

The early episodes lack depth because there are so many characters and so many stories to tell. Yvonne Strahovski from “Chuck” and “Dexter” barely makes a splash in the pilot, and she’s one of the big draws. So sit tight. It’ll take awhile for this one to unfold. Grade: B+

“Complications,” 8 p.m. Thursday, USA (channels 27 and 101). From “Burn Notice” creator Matt Nix, the thriller stars Jason O’Mara as an emergency room doctor who finds himself in the middle of a gang war after saving a 10-year-old gunshot victim.

O’Mara is intense as a man backed into a corner, but the series needs to do more with the supporting players. Jessica Szohr stands out as an anti-establishment nurse, but Beth Riesgraf (“Leverage”) is not given much to work with as O’Mara’s wife. I hope that changes as the story progresses. Grade: B

“Killjoys,” 8 p.m. Friday, Syfy (channels 41 and 111). Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore (“Warehouse 13,” “Smallville”) and Luke Macfarlane (“Brothers and Sisters”) are intergalactic bounty hunters.

The action is good, with all three actors receiving and dishing out their fair share of abuse, but the story is, literally, difficult to follow. A “Game of Thrones”-type map, detailing the significance of the many locations, sure would have helped. Grade: C

Across the remote

* Also beginning this week are “Clipped,” (9 p.m. Tuesday, TBS), a comedy set in a hair salon featuring George Wendt from “Cheers,” and “Proof” (9 p.m. Tuesday,TNT), a drama exploring the afterlife and starring Jennifer Beals and Matthew Modine. Scripted shows returning include “Rizzoli & Isles” (8 p.m. Tuesday, TNT), “Tyrant” (9 p.m. Tuesday, FX) and “Mistresses” (8 p.m. Thursday, ABC).

* Lincoln’s Sam Larson, a 2011 Lincoln High School graduate, will compete on History’s new survival series, “Alone.” It premieres at 9 p.m. Thursday on TWC channels 49 and 107. Carrying only what they can fit in a backpack, 10 survivalists are completely separated from one another in harsh, unforgiving terrain to hunt, build shelters and fend off predators. The one who lasts the longest will win $500,000. We’ll have more on Sam later this week.

* Gregg “The Goat” Cook and Allen Clayton from TruTV’s reality show “Full Throttle Saloon” will be a part of the third annual Folsom Lockdown at 7 p.m. Saturday at Xotic Customs, a hot rod and motorcycle shop at 2045 S. Folsom St. The free event will feature live music and “an onslaught of unique and vintage cars.”

* Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig will star in -- get this -- the Lifetime movie “A Deadly Adoption,” which will air at 7 p.m. Saturday on TWC channels 54 and 170. They play a couple in this “high-stakes dramatic thriller” who take in a pregnant woman during the final months of her pregnancy with the hopes of adopting her kid. Hmmmmm.

* Quick hits … ABC Family will begin airing reruns of “Dawson’s Creek” and “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer” beginning June 29 … “Power,” which just started its second season on Starz, already has been renewed for a third season … ABC officially made Raven-Symone a permanent co-host of “The View” … Judges for the ninth edition of  “The Voice” will be Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams.

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