[03/08/12 - 11:29 PM] Development Update: Thursday, March 8 Updates include: Neal McDonough to lead "L.A. Noir" at TNT; Julie Benz joins Syfy's "Defiance"; and Britney Spears in talks to join FOX's "The X Factor."
[10/29/09 - 06:17 PM] Development Update: Thursday, October 29 Updates include: Oliver Platt joins "C Word" at Showtime; Marc Cherry to stick with "Housewives," ABC Studios; 3 Ball Productions lands "Dad Camp" at VH1.
[10/15/09 - 06:21 PM] Development Update: Thursday, October 15 Updates include: Jonah Hill to voice animated comedy for FOX; Fox Television Studios, ABC team for "The Gates"; and The CW sets its development slate.
[09/14/09 - 06:32 PM] ABC Rep: "Defying Gravity" Not Canceled The show's publicist has confirmed the Alphabet hasn't pulled the plug on the show and is still mulling scheduling options going forward.
[09/03/09 - 06:49 PM] Development Update: Thursday, September 3 Updates include: Matt Nix brings "Jack & Dan" to FOX; Hank Steinberg to import "Prime Suspect" for NBC; and Bret Harrison returns to comedy for CBS.
[07/01/09 - 06:02 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, July 1 Updates include: Tim Minear looks to revive "Alien Nation" at Sci Fi; CMT orders "All Jacked Up"; and ABC clears "Defying Gravity" in the U.S.
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ADDITIONAL NOTES: confirmed as canceled on 10/29/09
DESCRIPTION: (from ABC's press release, July 2009) From executive producers James Parriott and Michael Edelstein comes "Defying Gravity," a sexy, provocative space thriller set in the very near future against the background of our solar system, in which eight astronauts from five countries (four women and four men) undertake a mysterious six-year international space mission covering eight billion miles. The adventure begins on SUNDAY, AUGUST 2 with a two-hour premiere from 9:00-11:00 p.m. The series will air regularly from 10:00-11:00 p.m., starting Sun, August 9 on the ABC Television Network. Hurtling into the vast challenge of infinite space, the eight astronauts and the ground personnel who support them are on a mission that has a powerful and awesome mystery at its core. The intimate and interconnected relationships among the astronauts and the ground crew, as well as their past actions, have a strangely karmic effect on the present. Episodes are divided between the present, as the Antares travels towards Venus, and the past, with flashbacks to earlier years when the astronauts were in the grueling selection and training process.