It was inevitable that Seth MacFarlane would eventually make his way to live action television, having more than conquered the world of prime time animation with the long-running Family Guy and American Dad, and the big screen with his CG stuffed buddy comedy Ted (not to mention its sequel and let’s not even bring up A Million Ways To Die In The West—oh, crap, we just did). And considering his deep love for the Star Trek franchise, it’s even less surprising that his vehicle to do so would be a humorous take on Trek.
Coming this fall is The Orville, described by Fox as “a one-hour, live-action ensemble comedic drama set 400 years in the future that follows the adventures of the U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory vessel.” This starship consists of a crew featuring a mix of humans and aliens who “face the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of regular people in a workplace...even though some of those people are from other planets, and the workplace is a faster-than-light spaceship.”
The setting is the 25th Century, and Earth is a part of the Planetary Union, a fairly peaceful civilization with a fleet of 3,000 ships.
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Down on his luck after a bitter divorce, Planetary Union officer Ed Mercer finally gets his chance to command one of their ships: the U.S.S. Orville. As the new commander, Ed assembles a qualified, albeit eccentric, crew. Oh, come on, we all know who MacFarlane is.
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