Seth MacFarlane to create and star in his first-ever live-action sci-fi TV series

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May 7, 2016, 7:52 PM EDT (Updated)

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is set to create, executive-produce and star in his first-ever live-action TV show, a futuristic sci-fi dramedy series.

According to Deadline, Fox -- which has been a longtime MacFarlane collaborator -- has greenlit a 13-episode straight-to-series hour-long comedic drama. But we’re going to have to wait a while before we see it on our TV screens, because the series is only slated for the 2017-2018 television season, with plans to film a pilot in late 2016 and the rest of the episodes in the spring of 2017.

The untitled series is said to have originated as a hot spec written by MacFarlane, who's got a strong passion for space (he executive-produced Fox’s Emmy-winning documentary series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey). Here’s the concept for the planned series:

Set 300 years in the future, the show 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.

Intriguing! Even if it sounds an awful lot like a cross between Star Trek and Red Dwarf, the new series could turn out to be great (crossing my fingers!) if MacFarlane takes the best of both worlds. Gettit? The best of both worlds? I'm trying to brush up on my Star Trek references here, you guys. Here’s what MacFarlane said about his upcoming project:

“I’ve wanted to do something like this show ever since I was a kid, and the timing finally feels right,” said MacFarlane. “20th and Fox have been good to me for many years, and of course, Dana [Walden] and Gary [Newman] 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.”

Hopefully, Fox will treat Seth MacFarlane's untitled sci-fi dramedy series better than they did Joss Whedon's Firefly. And Almost Human. What do you guys think? Are you looking forward to MacFarlane's first foray into the world of live-action TV series? What do you think of the concept?

(via Deadline)

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