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Daly in HBO’s ‘Moon’ orbit

NEW YORK — HBO has signed Tim Daly to play the astronaut Jim Lovell in its 13-episode dramatic series “From the Earth to the Moon.”

Production will start next week on the Daly episode at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The director is Tom Hanks, the executive producer of the series. Hanks played Lovell in the hit movie “Apollo 13.”

Daly has just completed his seven-year stint as a star of the NBC sitcom “Wings.”

Producers of the HBO series are Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Michael Bostick. The first hourlong episode, “Mars Tranquilitatis,” was directed by Frank Marshall, written by Al Reinert (“Apollo 13”) and stars Cary Elwes, Tony Goldwyn and Diana Scarwid. Directors of future hours will include Frank Darabont, Ted Demme, Lili Fini Zanuck and James Foley.

The series is a history of the U.S. space program from 1961 to the final lunar mission in 1972.

Daly is represented by Steve Tellez and Josh Lieberman of CAA. His managers are Keith Addis and Amy Guenther of Addis/Wechsler & Associates.

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