After all of these years on Family Guy and American Dad, who knew that what Seth MacFarlane really wanted was to star in Star Trek TV series? The Orville may not be a real Trek series, but it’s the next best thing…by way of Galaxy Quest.
Fox has debuted the first trailer for The Orville, a new sci-fi comedy series that takes place in the far future. MacFarlane plays Captain Ed Mercer, a man barely qualified for the job, as he and his crew of misfits explore the galaxy. And if you’ve been wondering where Adrianne Palicki has been since she left Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D., then you’ll be happy to know that she’s co-starring on this series as Kelly Grayson, the first officer of the Orville and Mercer’s ex-wife.
“In the 25th century, Earth is part of the Planetary Union, a far-reaching, advanced and mostly peaceful civilization with a fleet of 3,000 ships. Down on his luck after a bitter divorce, Planetary Union officer Ed Mercer (MacFarlane) finally gets his chance to command one of these ships: the U.S.S. Orville. Determined to prove his worth and write a new chapter in his life, Ed finds that task all the more difficult when the First Officer assigned to his ship is his ex-wife, Kelly Grayson (Adrianne Palicki).
As the new commander, Ed assembles a qualified, but eccentric crew, including his best friend, Gordon Malloy (Scott Grimes), who has problems with authority, but is the best helmsman in the fleet; Dr. Claire Finn (Penny Johnson Jerald), one of the Union’s most accomplished physicians; Bortus (Peter Macon), an alien from a single-sex species; Isaac (Mark Jackson), an artificial life-form from a machine society that thinks biological life-forms are inferior; navigator John Lamarr (J. Lee), whose casual humor cuts through even the most dire situations; Alara Kitan (Halston Sage), a young, inexperienced security officer whose home planet’s high gravity gives her superior physical strength; and Yaphit, a gelatinous creature voiced by comedian Norm Macdonald.
Somehow, Ed and Kelly must put the past behind them and, with the help of the crew, navigate fascinating and sometimes dangerous adventures in outer space, as well as the tumultuous and captivating day-to-day personal relationships with their colleagues.”
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