Seth MacFarlane Plans Live Action Sci-Fi Comedy Drama


Seth MacFarlane is planning a new FOX series.

Seth MacFarlane will create, executive produce and headline a new hourlong comedy drama on FOX

FOX announced today that they have ordered 13 episodes of a new hour-long, live-action comedic drama series created and executive-produced by Emmy Award winner Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, Ted), who is also set to star. The series is being targeted for the 2017-2018 television season, it was announced today by Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group.

“I’ve wanted to do something like this show ever since I was a kid, and the timing finally feels right,” says Seth MacFarlane. “20th and FOX have been good to me for many years, and of course, Dana and Gary have been fantastic bosses and true pals, so it was a no-brainer to come to them with the project. I think this is gonna be something special.”  

“For almost two decades, we’ve enjoyed an incredible collaboration with our partner and friend Seth MacFarlane,” add Newman and Walden. “He’s one of the smartest, funniest and most talented people we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with – a great guy who’s also had such an impact on both television and popular culture. 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.”  

From 20th Century Fox Television, the untitled series, is a comedic drama set 300 years in the future. It follows the adventures of the Orville, a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth’s interstellar Fleet. Facing cosmic challenges from without and within, this motley crew of space explorers will boldly go where no comedic drama has gone before.

Seth MacFarlane wrote the pilot episode and will serve as executive producer and creator of the series. Check back for more details as they become available.

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