FOX has released the first trailer for the new Seth MacFarlane series, The Orville. The Star Trek parody is a comedy-drama series created by and starring MacFarlane. The show is set 400 years in the future and follows the adventures of the U.S.S. Orville and its crew members.
The first live-action show to come from MacFarlane, it will also be his first starring role in a live-action series. The show was picked up by FOX in May of 2016 and has a 13-episode order.
MacFarlane plays the recently divorced, Captain Ed Mercer, who leads the exploratory ship, the U.S.S. Orville. Adrienne Palicki will co-star as MacFarlane’s ex-wife, and newly appointed First Mate (much to the dismay of MacFarlane’s character), Kelly Grayson. Scott Grimes will play Mercer’s best friend, Gordon Malloy. The alien creature, Bortus, played by Peter Macon, is part of an all-male species, and it appears as If he will provide a good deal of the comic relief on the show. He is very much the Orville version of Spock, he comes off as very serious and takes things literally, this dynamic can be seen in the early part of the trailer when MacFarlane’s Mercer first meets Bortus. Norm McDonald take a turn with some voice work as the gelatinous blob creature, Yaphit.
When one hears the name Seth MacFarlane, sci-fi isn’t the first genre that comes to mind. While this doesn’t look quite like Family Guy in space, (the comedy seems to be at the very least a little bit cleaner) MacFarlane is well versed in pop culture and has soaked up decades of television and movies, so the sci-fi genre shouldn’t be a problem for him to navigate.
The show is listed as a comedy-drama, which means along with MacFarlane’s unique brand a referential, and often times irreverent comedy, viewers may get the occasional tug on the heart strings. Fans may not really think of MacFarlane as a dramatic actor, but Family Guy does have the occasional heartwarming moment as did the Ted movies. MacFarlane is a huge fan of musicals and big stage productions, taking all this into account, drama should be well within his range.
Also of note is the fact that Iron Man and The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau is attached to the series as both executive producer and director for the pilot, so we're interested to see what kind of say he has in the series as a whole. We're even more interested to see what brought someone like Favreau to helm a series like this.
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