FOX The Orville, star-producer Seth MacFarlane says “I miss the hopeful side”

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Premiere of Seth MacFarlane’s new space adventure series Sunday, September 10th, 2017, at 8pm ET/5pm PT, and Sunday, September 17th, 2017, at 8pm ET/5pm PT on FOX

By Gabrielle Pantera

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2017/9/10 – “I miss the hopeful side of science fiction, which, you know, really, that kind of goes back to the roots of the genre, is that what can we achieve if we put our minds to it.,” says The Orville star Seth MacFarlane.

“And that flourished in the ’90s,,” says MacFarlane. “In some ways, some shows did it in kind of a more cheesy fashion and others like Star Trek made it a little more legit. But that was the way to do a sci-fi show back then. And now, things are just very grim, and so that was a conscious choice, because I missed that flavor of science fiction.”


This live action space adventure is set 400 years in the future. The ship the Orville is an exploratory ship that’s crew is human and other species. They have to deal with what they find in their explorations as well as just living on a ship far away from home.

“Because we’re an hour long show, the story kind of has to come first,” says MacFarlane. “And it can’t just be gag, gag, gag, gag, gag. There has to be some reality to where the comedy comes from. And if you kind of break down how the where the jokes come and how they kind of lay out, you’ll notice that there really isn’t anything that exists in the Spaceballs or Family Guy realm. It’s all things that come out of who the characters are or that adhere to the reality of a science fiction world. Nothing ever goes into that Mel Brooks realm, and that’s by design.”

Star Trek alumni working on The Orville include Brannon Braga, Jonathan Frakes and Robbie McNeil. Braga is an executive producer, Frakes and NcNeill directed.

After tonight’s premiere, The Orville will move to it’s regular time and date on Thursday, September 21st, 2017 9:00pm ET/PT, right after the season four premiere of Gotham at 8pm ET/PT.


Seth MacFarlane, Brannon Braga, David A. Goodman, Jason Clark and Liz Heldens are executive producers. Jon Favreau directed the series premiere episode: Old Wounds.

Twitter: @TheOrville @SethMacFarlane @AdriannePalicki @ScottGrimes @jonathansfrakes @jleefilm 

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