"This is the project that I came out to Hollywood to do. So if it doesn't work out, I'm going into politics." ― Seth MacFarlane[[source]]Seth MacFarlane is an American actor, comedian, writer, and singer, as well as the creator and executive director of The Orville. He plays the role of Captain Ed Mercer.
MacFarlane is involved at every stage of development, at times even micromanaging the creative process behind the show. According to co-star J. Lee, MacFarlane wrote the majority of episodes alongside the writing staff, with some input from fellow actors.
Additionally, MacFarlane is the Chief Executive Officer of Fuzzy Door Productions, the production company for the show.
A veteran of the industry, Seth began his career writing for Hannah Barbera before eventually creating the popular television series Family Guy whom he also voice acts three of the main characters. He has gone on to also produce American Dad and a short lived Family Guy spinoff The Cleveland Show.
Seth MacFarlane has also starred in multiple feature length films such as Ted, Ted 2, and A Million Ways to Die in the West.
Creating The OrvilleEditSeth MacFarlane grew up with science fiction media, but by his own description, was most impressed by light-hearted sci-fi television which "casualizes" the future in a fun way. He began tinkering with the idea for a show that would pay tribute to that science fiction with a show falling into a "hybrid" genre of comedy and drama.
There's a casualization of sci-fi that no one does, and when I see it, it just sucks me right in. You should be able to do a show with none of your characters set up right. You should be able to do a show that takes place in one room with just two or three of your characters on the ship, and no space battles, no action, no nothing. You should be able to sustain it; and that, to me, is when sci-fi does it right.MacFarlane's aim was to create character-driven stories that happen to be set in the future, rather than stories driven by futuristic threats. In March, 2016, MacFarlane penned the first draft of the pilot's script, a show where the central dynamic is the clash of personalities between a divorced captain and his first officer, people who are ex-spouses but forced to work together.
In April, Fox announced that The Orville had been picked up for 13 episodes, with MacFarlane both producing and starring in the project. He later described pitching a hybrid-genre show to Fox as a "tough sell," but the success of Guardians of the Galaxy convinced Fox that comedy-drama science fiction could work on television.
- Seth MacFarlane is a fan of Star Trek and the Twilight Zone which he cites as inspiration for The Orville's style.
- Interview with Sway's Universe radio
- ↑ LaPalme, Kevin. "THE ORVILLE’S J LEE AND HIS LEAP OF FAITH". LaPalme Magazine. Dec. 6, 2017.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "Seth MacFarlane talks The Orville". HARRY. Oct. 10, 2017.
- ↑ "How Seth MacFarlane Got Charlize Theron To Be On 'The Orville' | SDCC 2017 | Entertainment Weekly". Entertainment Weekly. July 26, 2017.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 "SDCC2017 The Orville, Adrianne Palicki & Seth MacFarlane Interview". FanboyNation. July 25, 2017.
- ↑ "Seth Meyers Explains to Seth MacFarlane Why People Resent Him". Late Night with Seth Meyers. Sept. 8, 2017.