Florida's Space Coast could soon launch an appearance on the small screen.
Writers from the hit AMC series Mad Men are working on a potential TV series that would focus on the space program of the 1960s and the journalists who covered it. The working title of the program is Cocoa Beach. If it comes to fruition, the series could debut as early as this fall.
Cocoa Beach, Fla., Mayor Dave Netterstrom said he was told about the show by Space Coast Film Commissioner Bonnie King.
"Hopefully, it happens," Netterstrom said. "It would be super-cool. We're trying to positively develop our brand and our image. We want to let people know we're a cool place to visit and a cool place to live."
Netterstrom said this television series will be unlike the 1965 to 1970 astronaut-themed television comedy I Dream of Jeannie, which was set in Cocoa Beach, but was not filmed there.
Another TV series, The Cape, was set and filmed in the Cocoa Beach area. The 1996-97 show, which starred Corbin Bernsen, focused on the lives of space shuttle astronauts.
It was canceled after one season.
King said the proposed Cocoa Beach show is one of a number of television and film projects she is trying to attract to the Space Coast. She is looking for a local building that could serve as a soundstage for this show, as well as for other television shows and movies.
King said the production team would need a 100,000-square-foot facility, ideally with a 50-foot-high ceiling, from July through March 2014. She said a 25- to 30-foot-high ceiling might work, though. The production team is applying for financial incentives from the state, which has programs to encourage film and television productions to choose Florida, she said.
Dave Berman, Florida Today