"Directing The Orville was a galactic pain in the ass, and I loved every nanosecond of it." ― Brannon Braga[source]Brannon Braga is an American executive producer, director and screenwriter on The Orville. He directed the episodes About a Girl, Into the Fold, and Firestorm; and wrote the script for Into the Fold with fellow producer André Bormanis.
Braga is best-known for his work on the Star Trek franchise, writing and executive producing for The Next Generation, Voyager, Enterprise, and co-writing the films Generations and First Contact. He started as an intern on The Next Generation until he worked up to executive producer.
After the cancellation of Enterprise, Braga wrote and produced for Fox television series 24 and Terra Nova. He executive produced Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey alongside Seth MacFarlane, creator of The Orville, for which Braga won a Peabody Award, Critics Choice Award, and Producers Guild Award.
For years leading up to The Orville, MacFarlane tinkered with the idea of an episodic science fiction television series, occasionally bouncing ideas off of Braga and David A. Goodman by phone. Braga personally missed the episodic stories he wrote for Star Trek: The Next Generation, but also wanted to write a show like M*A*S*H that peppered comedy into a serious drama. Both Braga and MacFarlane felt those two aspects of storytelling had been absent from network television for almost two decades, and audiences were ready for a return.
"We had been chatting sporadically about doing this science fiction show together, and this particular idea, that there were certain elements he'd been mentioning to me for years," Braga later said to author Jeff Bond. "He gave me this script, and I kind of dread reading scripts, but this was hilarious and really original, but somehow familiar." Unbeknownst to the two, MacFarlane had sold the script for The Orville to Fox in April, 2016, and, after finishing the two more episode scripts, enlisted Braga as an executive producer.
MacFarlane invited Braga to direct About a Girl: the first time Braga would direct a show with comedic elements. Braga recalled he was thrilled by the challenge because "it's hard to screw up a great script... It was my ship to wreck." Yet he soon found the show to be the most difficult of his career. Because The Orville fell into a hybrid genre that mixes comedy and drama, he was concerned about striking an appropriate balance between the two, settling on grounding the episode as a serious drama peppered with humor.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Bond, Jeff. The World of the Orville. Titan Books. Pg. 11.
- ↑ Bond, Jeff. The World of the Orville. Titan Books. Pg. 8.
- ↑ Wright, Matt. "STLV17: Brannon Braga On How Kirk Should Have Died, ‘Star Trek: Enterprise’ Regrets And More". TrekMovie.com. Aug. 11, 2017.
- ↑ Brannon Braga in The World of the Orville by Jeff Bond. Titan Books. 2018. Pg. 7.
- ↑ "Brannon Braga & The Orville Cast Full interview 2017 Panel NYC convention". NYC ComicCon. Nov. 20, 2017.