Seth MacFarlane has a very…particular sense of humor. And while he may not be everyone’s cup of tea in terms of the animated shows he’s been starring in for the last twenty years or so, he still has the ability to be surprisingly funny when the situation calls for it. With CBS already gearing up to launch their newest Star Trek series, titled Discovery, Fox has their spoof ready to go, with resident funny-man MacFarlane taking over as star and creator. The show will also be directed and produced by Jon Favreau, helping to establish the series early on.
The show is also MacFarlane’s first foray into somewhat serious territory on television. The animated shows he works on are funny because of their almost defiant refusal to offer much in the way of lasting character development or continuing storylines and themes. The Orville, which will be taking an hour-long time slot this fall, is already marketing itself as a scripted series with a firm story in place. And yes, the Star Trek format is going to be perfect for MacFarlane’s attention-deficit pacing. In fact, if any show right now was in need of a spoof from Seth MacFarlane, it’d probably be Star Trek, but hopefully, the series will force him to balance some of his more erratic tendencies in favor of only the occasional lapse into the tangential humor he’s known for.
Below, you can see the trailer for the series, which stars MacFarlane as Ed Mercer, the ill-equipped captain of the USS Orville, a futuristic exploratory vessel that’s home to a mismatched crew of intergalactic organisms and a pair of ex-lovers at the helm. The show honestly looks pretty funny. Check out the trailer and let us know what you think!
Aside from MacFarlane, the show will also star Family Guy and American Dad alum Scott Grimes (who was excellent in Band of Brothers), Penny Johnson Jerald (24, Castle), Peter Macon (Shameless, Bosch), Chad L. Coleman (The Wire, The Expanse), and our favorite, Adrianne Palicki from John Wick and Agents of SHIELD. PLUS the voice of Norm MacDonald!
No word right now on an official release date but we’ll keep you posted!