“The Orville is a live-action, one-hour, ensemble comedic drama set 400 years in the future that follows the adventures of The Orville, a mid-level exploratory spaceship, as its crew, both human and alien, face the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of everyday life.” – Fox Official Announcement
Joining funnyman executive producer and actor Seth MacFarlane as the commander of the titular starship is Adrianne Palicki, (who you might recognise from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as his second in command — and ex-wife — with a random scooby gang style crew rounding out the cast. If you remember the cult classic Galaxy Quest film or the Family Guy Star Wars specials then you’re probably on the right track for the feel of the show.
At the helm of the series alongside MacFarlane is legendary director Jon Favreau, which should indicate a promising pairing as long as the ratings can hold off the Fox Exec wolf pack, as MacFarlane is only too familiar with after his show Family Guy was cancelled twice in its earlier seasons.
Also if you’re curious about where the name “The Orville” comes from?
I was reading David McCullough's Wright brothers biography while writing the pilot. Seemed fitting. https://t.co/3jw4DjYmk8
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) May 15, 2017
and the team behind the ship models?
We were fortunate to work with the great Rob Legato and his team https://t.co/jcMm8BpbM2
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) May 16, 2017
If the trailer is anything to go by then hopefully more humourous space based antics will make their way onto our screens very soon.