Disney+ has announced a new original documentary series following NASA astronaut Captain Chris Cassidy as he embarks upon his final mission.
Produced by UK-based Fulwell 73 Productions, the six-part Among The Stars will debut on the streamer on 6 October, revealing personal video diaries and livestream footage — stationed both on Earth and in space — with viewers given a first look at the team of engineers, flight controllers and specialists who take on these inspiring missions..
Following the teams’ successes and failures over the course of two years, Among The Stars provides behind-the-scenes access to the NASA mission of repairing a $2 billion science experiment, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, which aims to reveal the origins of the universe. The series also goes beyond the spacesuit, introducing viewers to astronauts and engineers from around the world.
Ben Turner directs and executive produces for Fulwell 73, which is the London-based production company behind Amazon series Mammals, the upcoming adaptation of Andrew McDonald’s book series Real Pigeons Fight Crime and a feature length documentary about the rapid rise and fall of the European Super League for Sky Documentaries. Gabe Turner, Leo Pearlman, Will Gluck and Richard Schwartz also exec produce.
Second stab at murder comedy
In related news, Disney+ has also recommissioned original comedy series Only Murders In The Building for a second season.
The series, which streams on Hulu in the US, Star+ in Latin America, and on Disney+ in all other territories, hails from co-creators and writers Steve Martin and John Hoffman, who both executive produce along with Martin Short, Selena Gomez, Jamie Babbitt, Dan Fogelman and Jess Rosenthal.
Only Murders In The Building follows three strangers (Martin, Short and Gomez) who share an obsession with true crime and suddenly find themselves wrapped up in one.
“To feel we’ve connected with our audience and hit the mark enough already to have the chance to continue – and to carry on our show’s wild ride of mystery-comedy-empathy – is too exciting for words. So I’ll shut up now – and just say a huge thanks to all and I can’t wait for more,” said Hoffman.