Walking Dead alum Chad L. Coleman has been set to star alongside Seth MacFarlane in the Family Guy creator’s new space-set series on Fox.
According to Deadline, Coleman will be joining the crew of the starship Orville as a series regular. He’ll be joined in MacFarlane’s first live-action TV endeavour by Larry Joe Campell (According to Jim), who’ll appear in a recurring role. Sci-fi and genre fans will already know Coleman from his work as Tyreese on The Walking Dead, Tobias Church on Arrow, and Fred Johnson on Syfy's excellent space opera series, The Expanse. So, if nothing else, he should already be very familiar with acting in space. Though, we doubt Orville will be quite as serious as The Expanse.
The 13-episode straight-to-series hour-long comedic drama (that’s how the show is being touted, at least) takes place a good 300 years in the future, and from the official synopsis below, it’s giving me all those delicious Star Trek meets Red Dwarf vibes… check it out:
Set 300 years in the future, the series 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.
Details of Coleman and Campbell’s characters are being kept hush-hush by the powers-that-be, and so is the show’s premiere date. However, I think we can safely assume Orville will debut either in the fall of this year, or early 2018.
Are you excited to see Chad L. Coleman beaming aboard Seth MacFarlane’s Orville? What do you think of the show’s premise?