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.

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