From the Earth to the Moon

Season 1 Episode 8

We Interrupt This Program

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 26, 1998 on HBO
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We Interrupt This Program
Apollo 13 was intended to take astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert to the moon, but a sudden accident in mid-flight put their lives in doubt. Much is now known of how the crew and the people at NASA handled this situation and worked to resolve it, but there is another side to the story. Throughout the incident, the press works to find out what exactly is going on and inform the public. A clash of ethics emerges, as Emmett Seaborn seeks actual details about the astronauts' situation and Brett Hutchins questionably seeks the family angle.moreless

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    Chris Isaak

    Chris Isaak

    Astronaut Edward White II

    Dan Butler

    Dan Butler

    Flight Director Eugene Kranz

    Timothy Daly

    Timothy Daly

    Astronaut James Lovell

    Paul McCrane

    Paul McCrane

    Astronaut Pete Conrad

    Bryan Cranston

    Bryan Cranston

    Astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin

    George Newbern

    George Newbern

    Astronaut Stu Roosa

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Although they are not listed in the credits for this episode, the voices of Tim Daly, as Jim Lovell, and Adam Baldwin, as Fred Haise, can be heard in radio communication with Mission Control.

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Jim Lovell: Freddo, I'm afraid this will be the last moon mission for a long time.

      • Seymore Rosen: There appears to be no better than a ten percent chance that the crew of Apollo 13 will make it home alive.

      • Reporter: Hal, what we're hearing is the astronauts are out of oxygen.
        Hal Deacon: If they were out of oxygen, they wouldn't be breathing.
        Reporter: So, they are breathing?

      • Hal Deacon: Brett, these individuals (astronauts' families) are private citizens.
        Brett Hutchins: Oh, please. "Private citizens"? For the last ten years these private citizens have availed themselves of free clothes, free cars and every junket under the sun. NASA paraded them around like prized poodles. Now you're telling me that when the going gets tough, the tough issue a quarantine?
        Hal Deacon: (not amused) Uh-huh.

    • NOTES (2)

      • Many people involved in production of this series, including Tom Hanks and Ron Howard, worked on the movie Apollo 13. They made an effort to not repeat any thing in this episode that was seen in the movie.

      • Tom Hanks starred in the movie dramatization of the disaster, Apollo 13 (1995), as Astronaut Jim Lovell.

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