Seth MacFarlane thinks his new series The Orville is just the kind of “optimistic” sci-fi show viewers have been waiting for. In MacFarlane’s first foray into live-action TV, the creator wanted to do a show that paid homage to some of the rich storytelling and positive messages he remembers from shows like Star Trek.

The Orville centers on a mid-level exploratory ship in Earth’s interstellar Fleet. It’s captain, Ed Mercer (MacFarlane), is pretty jazzed to be finally running his own ship, even if he finds out his ex-wife (Adrianne Palicki) has been assigned as his First Officer. No matter. Mercer and his motley crew of humans and aliens ...

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