When you think about Seth McFarlane, you think about Family Guy, and American Dad, some of his movies, and the humor (sometimes very dark humor) that has made him famous. His upcoming show The Orville may have you thinking that this is a spoof about Star Trek, and in some ways it is, but in other ways, it’s about showing a time and space that isn’t full of death and darkness. At the TCA’s, he noted:

“I’m tired of being told everything is grim and dystopian and people are going to be murdered for food. I miss the hopeful side of science fiction. Now things are very grim.”

Indeed, between Star Trek, Star Wars, and sci-fi shows like Killjoys, Dark Matter, the canceled Defiance, and many other shows, they seem determined to show the “dark side of science fiction.” But that’s ok, because McFarlane sees it as an opportunity:

“What’s happened is it’s left open a space that has been relatively unoccupied for a while in the genre. … For me, it’s a space that’s kind of waiting to be filled in this day and age when we’re getting a lot of dystopian science fiction. This is sort of an attempt to fill that void in that genre.”

The Orville will debut this Fall on Fox.

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