FOX has ordered 13 episodes of a “new hour-long, live-action comedic drama series” created by and starring Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, network chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman announced today. MacFarlane also wrote the pilot and will executive produce the currently untitled series.
Targeting the 2017-18 TV season, the new MacFarlane series takes place 300 years in the future and follows a “motley crew of space explorers” on a “not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship” named the Orville.
“I’ve wanted to do something like this show ever since I was a kid, and the timing finally feels right,” said MacFarlane in a statement.
Walden and Newman added: “Seth has one of the most original voices – in every sense of the word – and we’ve been waiting for him to bring us a project as special as this one. It’s classic Seth – fresh and funny, incredibly smart, wickedly subversive and undeniably FOX.”