‘The Orville’: New Trailer for Seth MacFarlane’s Sci-Fi Comedy Teases Alien Foes

     July 22, 2017

the-orville-image-sliceFox has released a new trailer for its upcoming comedy space series The Orville, from (and starring) Seth MacFarlane as a down-and-out Planetary Union officer who is given command of a new ship. The trailer, which debuted at San Diego Comic-Con, gives a better look at some of the alien creatures and villains that the crew of the Orville will be facing, and I have to say, I’m pleased to see so many practical effects!

The pilot was directed by Iron Man‘s Jon Favreau, which is maybe why the production values looks pretty darn good. My concern is that the series is an hourlong comedy, which is hard to get away with. A thirty minute drama can be a great thing, but an hourlong comedy (and based on this trailer, the show is leaning in hard to the comedy aspect) is hard to sustain.

Check out the new trailer below, and let us know what you think in the comments! The Orville premieres Sunday, September 10th after the NFL doubleheader, and also stars Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes, Johnson Jerald, Peter Macon, Mark Jackson, a gelatinous alien creature voiced by Norm Macdonald.

Here’s the official synopsis:

The Orville is a one-hour science fiction series set 400 years in the future that follows the adventures of the U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory vessel. Its crew, both human and alien, faces the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of regular people in a workplace…even though some of those people are from other planets, and the workplace is a faster-than-light spaceship.


Down on his luck after a bitter divorce, Planetary Union officer Ed Mercer (Seth 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).


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.