The Orville: Seth MacFarlane Star Trek spoof to air on FOX UK
James R | On 23, Sep 2017
The Orville will beam onto FOX UK this autumn, Seth MacFarlane has confirmed.
The show, which is set 400 years in the future, is a live-action sci-fi that follows the titular spaceship as it explores outer space. If that sounds familiar, it’s no coincidence: the project was unviled properly earlier this year by Fox, just in time for CBS to launch its own reboot of the Star Trek franchise. As Star Trek: Discovery prepares to launch on Netflix this week, the show’s creator, MacFarlane, has confirmed that his own series won’t be far behind for British viewers.
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) September 12, 2017
He’s not the only one looking back at sci-fi traditions with a smile: Amazon is also working on its own Galaxy Quest TV series, inspired by the original film. The Orville, though, is first out of the gates, premiering on 10th September in the USA.
Its crew, both human and alien, includes MacFarlane as the ship’s Commanding Officer and Adrianne Palicki (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as his ex-wife, who’s assigned as his First Officer. Additional cast members include Penny Johnson Jerald (24), Scott Grimes (ER), Peter Macon (Bosch), Halston Sage (Goosebumps), J Lee (Family Guy), Mark Jackson (That Royal Today) and Chad L. Coleman (The Walking Dead).
The series is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and was created and written by MacFarlane, who is also an exec-produce on the series, alongside Brannon Braga (Terra Nova), David A. Goodman (Family Guy), Jason Clark (Ted) and Liz Heldens (Mercy). Jon Favreau directed the pilot, on which he also served as an executive producer.
There’s no exact UK air date for The Orville yet, but watch this space for more – and, until then, watch this trailer from Comic-Con: