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Steve Carell's upcoming Netflix office / space sitcom, "Space Force," now has a premiere date of May 29. Lisa Kudrow, whom we all know from "Friends," will appear in a recurring role.

"Space Force" was co-created by Carell and Greg Daniels, who have a long history. The two worked together on that other famous workplace sitcom, "The Office."

Always Happy To See More Of Lisa Kudrow

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Variety describes "Space Force" as revolving around Carell's character, a four-star general who's now stuck to lead a new branch of the Armed Forces. Kudrow will play his wife, Maggie.

“Space Force” centers on Mark R. Naird (Carell), a four-star general and decorated pilot who dreams of running the Air Force but instead finds himself tapped to lead the newly-formed sixth branch of the U.S. Armed Forces: the titular Space Force.

Kudrow plays Maggie Naird, Mark’s wife, who is described as a woman who “sublimated parts of herself to her husband’s career for two decades.” Now that he has a new challenge, she, too, will find herself growing in new directions.

The show even has its own Twitter page, called “Space Force,” of course.

Malkovich Just Naturally Looks Scary


According to Variety, at the beginning of the show, Mark Naird takes his family to Colorado to a new, isolated base, where he becomes “squeezed between the politicians and the scientists.” But then, the White House asks him to go to the moon for “total space dominance.”

"Space Force" also stars John Malkovich, Diana Silvers, Tawny Newsome, Ben Schwartz, Jimmy O. Yang, Noah Emmerich, Alex Sparrow and Don Lake.

It was a little surprising to see Malkovich on the roster, since he doesn't often do comedy. He’s so good at playing the villain, or the angry guy. Perhaps he's the straight man in this scenario.



Ben Schwartz, who was also on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” also plugged the upcoming show, writing:

“Space Force premieres on @Netflix May 29! Created by Greg Daniels & @SteveCarell. Starring Steve, John Malkovich, me, @TrondyNewman, @dianasilvers13, @LisaKudrow, @FunnyAsianDude, @donlakeofficial & more! Space, U up?”

On "Parks and Recreation," Schwartz played Jean-Ralphio Saperstein, the guy who roped Tom Haverford into his new, failed business, which basically was hemorrhaging money from the minute he started it.

"OMG BEN AND STEVE?!?!" wrote @Julian90395297.

Literally, Same


Promo pictures from the new show have Carell looking angry, hopeful, and exasperated, many of the expressions we saw from him when he played paper goods manager Michael Scott on “The Office.” Steve Carell is basically good in just about anything he does, so there should be high hopes for “Space Force."

@JackieWarner13 noticed that Carell is bringing some of the same energy to “Space Force” that he did to “The Office,” and we’re just glad that he can continue to provide us with some sort of Michael Scott vibe for the foreseeable future.

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