'Mad Men' writers consider show about 1960s Cocoa Beach

Show would depict space program in the 60s, reporters who covered it

COCOA BEACH, Fla. - Writers from the TV 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, Local 6 confirmed.

"Those were great times. They really were.  Walter Cronkite-you name 'em. They were all there," said restaurant owner Rusty Fischer, who owned several restaurants, including Bernard's Surf, which was the happening nightspot during the era.

The working title of the program is "Cocoa Beach" and the series could debut as early as this fall. The show would follow the 60s and 70s when NASA began sending humans to moon and focus on broadcasters who covered the Apollo programs.

"At night it woke up, got exciting," said Fischer. "It was really a small little town that, all of a sudden, when all these people came to town, it got alive."

The Space Coast film commissioner said "Cocoa Beach" 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.

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