There are plenty of space related and/or alien invasion shows on TV (and streaming services), but how many would call themselves comedy? Series’ like The Expanse and Killjoys have some hilarious moments, but they’re about as comedic as the Hollywood Foreign Press classifies The Martian. Fox, however, plans to shake things up in the space genre with their green-lit Seth MacFarlane space comedy.

Set 300 years in the future, the hour-long show focuses on a second rate crew aboard a second rate ship called the Orville that is part of what’s known as Earth’s Interstellar Fleet. When the series was announced back in May, MacFarlane said he’s, “wanted to do something like this show ever since [he] was a kid, and the timing finally feels right.” Given his status as a self-proclaimed space junkie and his track record at Fox, it’s no surprise the project found a home on the network.

The still untitled show was ordered direct to series and has officially landed its pilot director. The Wrap reports that Jon Favreau will be behind the lens for the pilot, and will stick around as an executive producer and consultant for the series. Fresh off the success of his most recent directorial feature, The Jungle Book, Favreau will have to make time in his Disney schedule (with a Jungle Book sequel in the works) to film this pilot.

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The space comedy stars Adrianne Palicki, Peter Macon, Scott Grimes, J Lee, and Seth MacFarlane as crew members on the Orville. In addition to creator and star credits, MacFarlane also penned the pilot and will be an executive producer for the series.

MacFarlane is most famous for animation and his voice work on Family Guy, and this will be his first live-action TV series. After A Million Ways to Die in the West, marking his first live action feature film, MacFarlane looks to be branching out. The powers that be at Fox, Dana Walden and Gary Newman, have lauded their relationship with MacFarlane, and are excited about what’s next. In a press release announcing this series, they said:

“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. [This space dramedy] is classic Seth – fresh and funny, incredibly smart, wickedly subversive and undeniably FOX.”

The Untitled Seth MacFarlane Project begins filming in January 2017 and is expected to air on Fox in their 2017-2018 line-up. Keep an eye on Screen Rant as we bring more updates on this series.

Source: The Wrap

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