Seth MacFarlane is known for creating Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show and Bordertown for FOX, but now he’ll be moving in front of the camera as the star of an upcoming live-action science fiction TV series for the network.
FOX announced this week that it has given a straight-to-series order for the as yet untitled MacFarlane project, which is set 300 years in the future and focuses on the motley crew of the not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory spaceship Orville. Part comedy and part drama, the show’s official description gives a nod to Star Trek, promising “to boldly go where no comedic drama has gone before.”
MacFarlane will not only star in the project, but also serve as executive producer. 13 episodes have been ordered for the first season, which is currently being eyed for next fall.
“I’ve wanted to do something like this show ever since I was a kid, and the timing finally feels right,” he said in a press release. “20th [Century Fox Television] and FOX have been good to me for many years, and of course, [Fox Television executives] Dana [Walden] and Gary [Newman] have been fantastic bosses and true pals, so it was a no-brainer to come to them with the project. I think this is going to be something special.”
MacFarlane is the biggest star under the FOX banner. Aside from his plethora of animated series, the well-known science aficionado also helped produce last year’s award-winning documentary Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. This new series sounds like a dream project for him, and if it goes well it’ll be a dream for the network too as they continue an already profitable relationship.
He’s shown that he’s a born performer – this weekend MacFarlane will be the featured soloist with the Boston Pops – so having him star in a live-action series might be a change of pace, but also a pleasant surprise for people who know him only as the voice of Peter Griffin, Stewie and Brian.
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