Seth MacFarlane Sci-Fi Dramedy Gets Straight-to-Series Order at Fox

Seth MacFarlane is ready for takeoff.

The Family Guy executive producer’s latest project — a one-hour, sci-fi dramedy series that he created and will star in — has landed a 13-episode, straight-to-series order at Fox, the network announced today. Our sister site Deadline broke the news.

A pilot for the live-action project will likely be filmed toward the end of this year, with an eye on premiering in the 2017-2018 television season.

The logline for the series is as follows: “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.”

In addition to producing and doing voiceover work on Family Guy, MacFarlane also served as EP on another recent Fox project, the docu-series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.

He also hosted the Academy Awards in 2013, and extended his success to the big screen with the comedies Ted and Ted 2, among others.

Are you intrigued by the concept for MacFarlane’s new series? Sound off below!

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  1. Tara17 says:

    I’m looking forward to this. Sounds like ST-TNG but featuring those who barely graduated Starfleet. Plus MacFarlane knows his sci-fi, should be fun!

  2. peterwdawson says:

    MacFarlane can be really hit or miss but I can get behind a Star Trek parody.

  3. DL says:

    Live action aside, seems this show is kinda to Futurama what Family Guy is to The Simpsons. I’ll tune in.

  4. Tvline fangirl says:

    Cancel Castle. Hire Nathan Fillion. Make it so.

  5. ScottJ says:

    A dramedy has possibilities, The outright comedies set in space (with the exception of Red Dwarf) have never really worked.

  6. Kim R says:

    Random observation…every time I see a picture of Seth all I see is Peter Brady. :D

  7. TVg says:

    when does he get the time , give his voice to 3 shows , act in films that he write and produce

  8. Disappointed_In_Shameless_EP says:

    There is an outstanding british show on BBC that did exactly this – this is not original and I hope they get sued – McFarland is a hack who appeals to morons – sadly this country just has way too many morons and FOX gave him a billion dollars

    • carly says:

      Sue? really. is there not allowed to be more than one show on a particular genre?? we would have only a few shows in existence going down that road.

  9. scoxocs says:

    Last year this was called “Other Space”.

  10. TexasBrigade says:

    Fox is where sci-fi shows go to die

    • tvjunkie says:

      Yeah because Fringe only lasted 5 seasons, they renewed Gotham and brought back the X Files, among others. Perhaps do some research next time.

  11. mstarkey says:

    why FOX any were but FOX

  12. Jane says:

    Sounds a lot like the British series Red Dwarf.