Seth MacFarlane Will Write and Star in a New Sci-Fi Comedy-Drama for Fox

Seth MacFarlane has long been a household name, thanks to Family Guy, Ted, and his western A Million Ways to Die in the West. He's still racking up firsts though, as Fox announced Wednesday it's launching a new series that features him in his first live-action television role.

MacFarlane will create, executive produce and star in a 13-episode hour long series from MacFarlane, "a comedy drama" set 300 years in the future. It will center on the crew of a space exploratory ship named Orville that "faces cosmic dramas" as they go "where no comedy drama has gone before."

He says the idea has been on the back burner for a while. "I've wanted to do something like this show ever since I was a kid, and the timing finally feels right," MacFarlane said in a statement. "20th and FOX have been good to me for many years...I think this is gonna be something special."

The series is being prepped for a 2017-2018 television season launch. Do you want to watch?

This article originally appears on TV Guide.com.

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Jul 15, 2016
Seth MacFarlane please make Family guy an anime or sci-fi.
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May 06, 2016

He usually needs liquor to go on chat shows, lord knows what he'll be like acting in this with comedic effect. I guess you can bet his friend Patrick Stewart will guest.
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May 06, 2016
Fox and Sci-fi not a good history there.
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May 05, 2016
So first he steals from The Simpsons and now he's going to steal from Futurama?
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May 06, 2016
Sound a little like Red Dwarf also.
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May 05, 2016
You bet I will watch this! Bordertown is awesome, hope this one is that I know it will be. Seth McFarlane is the Norman Lear of his generation. Seth MacFarlane doing a future themed show? Cool! Animated or not, I'm there!
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May 05, 2016
Just as long as its not about
some dumb guy
his wife that's way out of his league
the daughter who can't stand him
the unsuaully small sadist
and the non human best friend
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May 05, 2016
Just as long as it doesn't involve a talking bear and Marky Mark I will give it a chance.
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May 05, 2016
Oh good, because Fox has such a great track record with scifi-comedy-dramas.....
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May 05, 2016
I'll watch if you don't make it terrible. As one Trekkie to another, Mr. MacFarlane, don't screw this up.
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May 05, 2016
I'm totally on board. I like his acting style.
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May 05, 2016
I didn't think Seth cared that much about drama.
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May 05, 2016
Seems like they should perhaps look for a 90 minute movie, rather than a 13 episode commitment. Doing it once would be much more likely than dragging the same jokes on for a season.
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pjt
May 05, 2016
There should be an episode, for instance episode 9, called Canceled.
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May 05, 2016
I may buy a Seth MacFarlane album someday. He's actually quite good.
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May 05, 2016
Firefly please.
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May 05, 2016
"sci-fi comedy drama" yes. Yes I do.
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May 05, 2016
Hell, yeah.
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May 05, 2016
Well, it is FOX we're talking about and we all know that they have not treated their sci-fi shows with the respect they deserve. Look at Firefly and Almost Human. Utter disgrace! With that in mind, I do not hold out much hope. But good luck to him anyway.
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May 05, 2016
Speaking of which, was Other Space ever renewed for a second season? And if so, when is it airing?
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May 05, 2016
I can't dismiss this idea out of hand, it's actually right on the precipice between greatness and terribleness. I don't know if MacFarlane can cut it as a (live action) actor, he hasn't yet, but maybe this will be different. Anyhoo we still need more space shows on TV so this should help and we know MacFarlane is a big fan of the scifi genre so he should take this reasonably seriously.

On the other hand even good scifi shows have been treated brutally by FOX and in their current predicament they might be even worse. Or they might turn this into one of their bad pseudo-scifi buddy cop procedurals which would be a disaster. And I was also almost as excited about Blunt Talk and while I thought the pilot of that show was fantastic it quickly devolved into crapness.

So I'm very conflicted.
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May 05, 2016
Can't wait for all the yuks. Hope the pilot has a farting two headed alien.
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May 05, 2016
This sounds like a higher budget "Other Space" and might be fun since Other Space was fun. I only hope they don't let him write all the jokes so everything just is "offensive." The man is greatly talented in so many ways, but he needs to make his jokes a little tastier and classier. Atleast some of them. Everything he does always has a few really good jokes and then just too many that are just uncomfortable or in bad taste.

That seems to be what the public wants though, as with Family Guy. The most clever or just genuinely funny jokes was usually in the cutaways, but the public did not like those so they removed them. So it might not be his fault, maybe he just listens to public demand.
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May 05, 2016
kind of sounds like Firefly but more comedic on purpose. I haven't liked a single thing he's done but I'll keep an open mind because of the genre.
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May 05, 2016
How about an ironic or satirical futuristic series set a few hundred years from now but without any sociological, economical, or technological advancements that sci-fi shows have featured. Cancer, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, war, hunger, and poverty still exist, petroleum use is much higher than it is now, we're "20 to 30" years from a manned mission to Mars, there's no peace in the Middle East, and everyone has an iPhone 127.
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May 05, 2016
iPhone 127 sounds like a technological advancement.
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May 05, 2016
Only because of it's slightly bigger screen and pet facial recognition engine.
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