Seth MacFarlane is seeking escape from the current wave of dystopian science fiction, and his vehicle is The Orville.
MacFarlane said on Tuesday that he wants to recapture an optimistic view of the future in his new space adventure for Fox, one that echoes past Star Trek series.
He told a TV critics’ meeting he also wants to buck the trend of serialised dramas, with each one-hour episode of The Orville a self-contained story.
He said continuity is provided by the characters, including the Orville captain that MacFarlane plays in the show he created.
The show set 400 years in the future will include comic elements, MacFarlane said, but isn’t a satire in the style of space movies Galaxy Quest or Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs.
The Orville debuts on September 10 on Fox.