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Seth MacFarlane leads The Orville to space in trailer for new Fox TV series

05.15.2017

Seth MacFarlane The Orville Adrianne Palicki

You need only to take a look at the variety of projects which Seth MacFarlane has produced over the years to deduce that he's a big Star Trek fan. Frequent references to the series, as well as appearances by many Star Trek actors, are sprinkled throughout Family Guy, American Dad and several others, so it was probably only a matter of time before MacFarlane produced his own Star Trek-inspired TV series. That time is now and the result is The Orville, an hour-long sci-fi/comedy series which stars Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki and Scott Grimes. Fox unveiled the first trailer for The Orville at their upfront presentation today and you can check it out for yourself below!

Well, I didn't hate it, but it also has "cancelled after ten episodes" written all over it. I can't imagine that the series is overly cheap to produce, especially with Jon Favreau directing the pilot, and if it's not a big hit right off the bat, Fox may not be willing to keep it going despite their long history with MacFarlane. It looks as though it could have potential though, so count me in for an episode or two. The Orville is set four-hundred years in the future and follows the crew of the U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory vessel commanded by Ed Mercer (Seth MacFarlane). After his ex-wife, Kelly Grayson (Adrianne Palicki), is assigned as his First Officer, Ed and Kelly must put the past behind them and, with the help of the crew, navigate fascinating and sometimes dangerous adventures in outer space, as well as the tumultuous and captivating day-to-day personal relationships with their colleagues.

The other members of the Orville crew include Gordon Malloy (Scott Grimes), Ed's best friend who has problems with authority, but is the best helmsman in the fleet; Dr. Claire Finn (Penny Johnson), one of the Union’s most accomplished physicians; Bortus (Peter Macon), an alien from a single-sex species; John Lamarr (J. Lee), the ship's navigator whose casual humor cuts through even the most dire situations; Alara Kitan (Halston Sage), a young, inexperienced security officer whose home planet’s high gravity gives her superior physical strength; Isaac (Mark Jackson), an artificial life-form from a machine society that thinks biological life-forms are inferior; and Yaphit (Norm MacDonald), a gelatinous creature. The Orville doesn't have an official release date yet, but is expected to debut this fall.

What are your thoughts on The Orville?

Source: Fox

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2:25PM on 05/16/2017
Really wanted to like this. It could have easily filled a space (no pun) left by Galaxy Quest in terms of space humour but the jokes look very safe for MacFarlane. Maybe Fox doesn't want to take too many risks with it. I could tell just by the vibes I got from the cast photo that it wouldn't be good, i mean, look at Palicki's and MacFarlane's faces, sadly the trailer proved me right. There seems to be a lot of one trick jokes here. Great production values though.
Really wanted to like this. It could have easily filled a space (no pun) left by Galaxy Quest in terms of space humour but the jokes look very safe for MacFarlane. Maybe Fox doesn't want to take too many risks with it. I could tell just by the vibes I got from the cast photo that it wouldn't be good, i mean, look at Palicki's and MacFarlane's faces, sadly the trailer proved me right. There seems to be a lot of one trick jokes here. Great production values though.
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8:48PM on 05/16/2017
In the photo they look that way because they are divorced and have to work together. Hopefully the show will turn out alright in the end As it is right now I can't see this lasting as a tv series, maybe a movie on Netflix (with better humor) would have worked instead. The production values are excellent.
In the photo they look that way because they are divorced and have to work together. Hopefully the show will turn out alright in the end As it is right now I can't see this lasting as a tv series, maybe a movie on Netflix (with better humor) would have worked instead. The production values are excellent.
12:20PM on 05/16/2017
Man, I want so much to think this might be funny. That trailer, however, was abysmal.
Man, I want so much to think this might be funny. That trailer, however, was abysmal.
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10:19AM on 05/16/2017
I wonder whether any Star Trek alum will make guest appearances on The Orville. MacFarlane does have a good relationship with Patrick Stewart, Michael Dorn, and the gang.
I wonder whether any Star Trek alum will make guest appearances on The Orville. MacFarlane does have a good relationship with Patrick Stewart, Michael Dorn, and the gang.
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12:05PM on 05/16/2017
That would be awesome!
That would be awesome!
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9:46AM on 05/16/2017

Will definitely try it, looks promising

I'm getting faint GalaxyQuest vibes!
I'm getting faint GalaxyQuest vibes!
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9:18AM on 05/16/2017

Will give it a try

If it wasn't Seth McFarlane or Jon Favreau directing I would say a definite no but because its them I will reserve judgement. BTW I love your two word hater comments. Its Terrible! What a douche, if you had explained maybe but you sound like a pathetic tool.
If it wasn't Seth McFarlane or Jon Favreau directing I would say a definite no but because its them I will reserve judgement. BTW I love your two word hater comments. Its Terrible! What a douche, if you had explained maybe but you sound like a pathetic tool.
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9:47AM on 05/16/2017
Indeed with Jon Favreau directing the credibility goes up a notch.
Indeed with Jon Favreau directing the credibility goes up a notch.
7:44AM on 05/16/2017
Sadly, this won't last more than a few episodes. The production values are too high for something that is too hit and miss with the jokes.
Sadly, this won't last more than a few episodes. The production values are too high for something that is too hit and miss with the jokes.
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5:00AM on 05/16/2017
Looks terrible!
Looks terrible!
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3:14AM on 05/16/2017
Great production values. Didn't laugh once.
Great production values. Didn't laugh once.
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12:54AM on 05/16/2017

Got potential

I'm optimistic and looking forward to this. It can't be worse than his western. Also, glad to see Palicki again after her ouster at SHIELD. Shields up!

I'll always think of Critters when I see Scott Grimes.
I'm optimistic and looking forward to this. It can't be worse than his western. Also, glad to see Palicki again after her ouster at SHIELD. Shields up!

I'll always think of Critters when I see Scott Grimes.
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12:54AM on 05/16/2017

IDK

maybe the show be better but this trailer was fucking painful to watch it felt like 2hrs.I didn't even laugh once. Seth is norm a funny dude but this is just terrible.
maybe the show be better but this trailer was fucking painful to watch it felt like 2hrs.I didn't even laugh once. Seth is norm a funny dude but this is just terrible.
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3:13AM on 05/16/2017
Lol @ 'it felt like 2 hours'.
Lol @ 'it felt like 2 hours'.
10:37PM on 05/15/2017
Well, it doesn't look awful. But Galaxy Quest, Futurama, and even Guardians of the Galaxy have kind of already covered this style of futuristic sci-fi comedy. This doesn't look to be bringing much new to the table.
Well, it doesn't look awful. But Galaxy Quest, Futurama, and even Guardians of the Galaxy have kind of already covered this style of futuristic sci-fi comedy. This doesn't look to be bringing much new to the table.
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10:24PM on 05/15/2017
This feels like its going to be almost a Galaxy Quest style series. The production values seem strong, the visuals other than the blob look great. I'll be tuning in. I'm always down for some SciFi.
This feels like its going to be almost a Galaxy Quest style series. The production values seem strong, the visuals other than the blob look great. I'll be tuning in. I'm always down for some SciFi.
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10:01PM on 05/15/2017
Kinda uneven but there are some pretty good gags. The blob talking was pretty funny throwaway gag. I'm guessing that the trailer covers the pilot and an episode or two since it has a different attitude (and is funnier) late in the trailer.
Kinda uneven but there are some pretty good gags. The blob talking was pretty funny throwaway gag. I'm guessing that the trailer covers the pilot and an episode or two since it has a different attitude (and is funnier) late in the trailer.
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9:49PM on 05/15/2017
On the one hand, Seth McFarland has a way of taking a joke to its absolute breaking point and beyond. On the other hand, he's also a talented show-runner, and his Star Trek fanboy shows.
On the one hand, Seth McFarland has a way of taking a joke to its absolute breaking point and beyond. On the other hand, he's also a talented show-runner, and his Star Trek fanboy shows.
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9:16PM on 05/15/2017
He was also in several episodes of Enterprise as a background engineering extra.
He was also in several episodes of Enterprise as a background engineering extra.
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8:51PM on 05/15/2017
Looks pretty good; then again, I was one of the few that actually liked "A Million Ways To Die In The West". And anything involving Norm MacDonald is good with me.
Looks pretty good; then again, I was one of the few that actually liked "A Million Ways To Die In The West". And anything involving Norm MacDonald is good with me.
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9:59PM on 05/15/2017
"Did we just become best friends?!"
"Did we just become best friends?!"
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7:33PM on 05/15/2017

Had no idea this was in the works!

Well, the production value looks to be top notch for a Fox series. I'm guessing they threw a lot of money at him due to the success of Family Guy and American Dad. Macfarlane's humor can be great at times, and add the always amazing Favreau as the director of the pilot episode, and we might be in for a treat! (even if the jokes in the trailer fall flat) Here's to hoping it turns out to be a fun time during and after the initial episode!
Well, the production value looks to be top notch for a Fox series. I'm guessing they threw a lot of money at him due to the success of Family Guy and American Dad. Macfarlane's humor can be great at times, and add the always amazing Favreau as the director of the pilot episode, and we might be in for a treat! (even if the jokes in the trailer fall flat) Here's to hoping it turns out to be a fun time during and after the initial episode!
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7:17PM on 05/15/2017

GQ Copycat

Does it taste like 'Bad Galaxy Quest' to you too ?
Does it taste like 'Bad Galaxy Quest' to you too ?
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