Seth MacFarlane to Create and Star in Series Set 300 Years in the Future

Thursday, 05 May 2016 - 10:32AM
Thursday, 05 May 2016 - 10:32AM
Seth MacFarlane to Create and Star in Series Set 300 Years in the Future
Seth MacFarlane is best known for his comedy voice acting work, but now he's about to venture into two relatively uncharted territories: live-action and science fiction. The actor and producer will create and star in his own dramedy series, which will be set three centuries in the future.

The as-yet-untitled series will air on Fox, with 13 hourlong episodes for its first season. It will be a space opera following the crew of the Orville, described as "a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth's interstellar Fleet." 

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"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 (via Collider).
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MacFarlane is relatively new to the live-action world, since his most famous works are Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show. He also produced and starred in Ted, Ted 2, and A Million Ways to Die in the West, but considering the nasty reviews received by the latter, TV might be a better medium for him. And while he's never done any science fiction before, he does have experience in the popular science realm, as he was a producer on Neil DeGrasse Tyson's Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. 

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"I'd known that in his cartoons, in Family Guy, there are many references to science, not the least of which are the destinations of Stewie's time machines," Tyson told The Guardian of bringing MacFarlane on board. "In one episode he goes to the beginning of the universe – the big bang – and in another one he goes to multiple universes. So I said, 'There is some machinery churning in Seth MacFarlane's head beyond the fart jokes.'"
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In addition to this series, MacFarlane will continue to work on Family Guy and American Dad, both of which have two-season renewals, as well as serving as producer on Fox's animated Bordertown.
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