A new show by Seth MacFarlane making its debut this autumn will be of interest to Star Trek fans.
The Orville is a Trek parody and is a “workplace comedy set in the 25th century. MacFarlane plays Captain Ed Mercer, an underachieving Planetary Union officer put in charge of the U.S.S. Orville and its mission to explore deep space. Joining him are his ex-wife Kelly Grayson (Agents of SHIELD alum Adrianne Palicki) and a quirky crew” including a gelatinous creature Yaphit, voiced by Norm MacDonald, best friend Gordon Malloy (Scott Grimes), Peter Macon as the alien Bortus, Artificial life form ISAAC (Mark Jackson), Navigator John Lamarr (J. Lee), security officer Alara Kitan (Halston Sage), Klyden (Chad L. Coleman) and Dr. Claire Finn (Deep Space Nine‘s Kassidy Yates).
The official synopsis is as follows: “The Orville is a one-hour science fiction series set four hundred years in the future that follows the adventures of the U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory vessel. Its crew, both human and alien, faces the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of regular people in a workplace…even though some of those people are from other planets, and the workplace is a faster-than-light spaceship. In the 25th century, Earth is part of the Planetary Union, a far-reaching, advanced and mostly peaceful civilization with a fleet of three thousand ships.”
Thirteen episodes of the hour-long drama/comedy have been ordered by FOX. The Orville will air this fall on Thursday nights at 9 PM.
Source: Den of Geek