We know Seth MacFarlane has a serious soft spot for Star Wars but if his new project is anything to go by, he also has a thing for Star Trek…
Deadline are reporting that the man behind Family guy, American Dad and Ted is set to trave into the great black yonder…
“His first live-action TV series.Fox has given a 13-episode straight-to-series order to an hourlong comedic drama series created and executive produced by the Family Guy creator, who is also set to star. The series is slated for the 2017-2018 television season, with a pilot episode likely filmed in late 2016, and the rest of the episodes in spring 2017. 20th Century Fox TV, where MacFarlane has been under an overall deal for a long time, is the studio.
“Set 300 years in the future, the show follows the adventures of the Orville, a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth’s interstellar fleet. Facing cosmic challenges from without and within, this motley crew of space explorers will boldly go where no comedic drama has gone before.”
It seems this has been something MacFarlane has wanted to do for a seriously long time: “I’ve wanted to do something like this show ever since I was a kid, and the timing finally feels right. 20th and Fox have been good to me for many years… so it was a no-brainer to come to them with the project. I think this is gonna be something special.”
Dana Walden and Gary Newman, chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group, said: “He’s one of the smartest, funniest and most talented people we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with – a great guy who’s also had such an impact on both television and popular culture. Seth has one of the most original voices – in every sense of the word – and we’ve been waiting for him to bring us a project as special as this one. It’s classic Seth – fresh and funny, incredibly smart, wickedly subversive and undeniably Fox.”
We’re pretty excited to see a live action sci-fi series from MacFarlane and are intrigued by the ‘drama’ part of the descrition… Family Guy meets Red Dwarf via Star Trek?
You know you’re in!