02/06/2014 01:48 pm ET | Updated Feb 06, 2014

ABC Orders 'Astronaut Wives Club' From 'Gossip Girl' Co-Creator'

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Picking up on the new trend of ordering straight to series, ABC has made a 10-episode commitment to "Astronaut Wives Club." The period drama, developed by "Gossip Girl" co-creator Stephanie Savage, is based on the book of the same name by Lily Koppel. The series is set in 1969, and tells the true stories of the women who stood beside some of the biggest names of the space race.

"Astronaut Wives Club" will join "Mistresses" -- already picked up for a second season to air this summer -- on the network. ABC has always done a good job with these types of sudsy female-driven dramas, so we expect plenty of melodrama and angst and plot twists.

According to Deadline, ABC ordered a traditional pilot for "Astronaut Wives Club" a little more than a week ago, but quickly upped that to this full-series commitment. That's certainly a mark that they believe strongly in this project.

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