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JOURNEY TO 2417 FOR A NEW SPACE ADVENTURE FROM SETH MacFARLANE

Part Two of the Special Two-Night Series Premiere Airs Next Sunday, Sept. 17, @ 8/7c (LIVE to all Time Zones) Immediately following the NFL Doubleheader

From Emmy Award-winning executive producer and creator Seth MacFarlane (FAMILY GUY, “Ted”) THE ORVILLE is a live-action, one-hour space adventure series set 400 years in the future that follows the exploits of The U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory spaceship. Its crew, both human and alien, face the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the problems of everyday life. In the series’ opener, it’s 2417, and the Planetary Union promotes ED MERCER (MacFarlane) to Captain of the exploratory vessel The U.S.S. Orville. Ed’s enthusiasm for his new position is dampened when his ex-wife, KELLY GRAYSON (Adrianne Palicki), is assigned to be his First Officer. While on their first routine mission, the Orville crew is ambushed by the Krill, a vicious alien race, who are bent on stealing a device that can cause time to accelerate.

Cast: Seth MacFarlane as Captain Ed Mercer; Adrianne Palicki as Commander Kelly Grayson; Penny Johnson Jerald as Dr. Claire Finn; Scott Grimes as Lieutenant Gordon Malloy; Peter Macon as Lieutenant Commander Bortus; Halston Sage as Chief Security Officer Alara Kitan; J Lee as Lieutenant John Lamarr; Mark Jackson as Isaac; and Chad L. Coleman as Klyden

Guest Cast: Victor Garber as Admiral Halsey, Norm Macdonald as Yaphit, Patrick Cox as the Ogre, Brian George as Dr. Aronov, Christine Corpuz as Janice Lee, Sean Cook as Derek, Joel Swetow as Krill Captain

Airdate: 09.10.17

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MacFarlane himself stars as Ed Mercer, a washed-up captain in the Planetary Union some 400 years in the future from now. Still recovering from personal problems, he’s offered a last chance at redemption with command of a mid-level exploratory vessel called the U.S.S. Orville – mainly because the Union has thousands of ships to man and not enough captains for all of them. Ed gets to bring along his best bud Gordon (Scott Grimes), who’s an ace pilot but also a wiseass alcoholic, to be his helmsman, but the rest of the ship’s crew assignments are out of his hands. For the most part, that’s not a problem. Although the other members of his command crew (including a humorless alien named Bortus, a robot named Isaac, and a disapproving doctor played by Penny Johnson Jerald) may be a little eccentric, he can work with them. Things get complicated, however, when Ed’s new Executive Officer turns out to be none other than his ex-wife, Kelly (Adrianne Palicki), the woman who cheated on him and sent him into a nervous breakdown just one year earlier.

For its first mission, the Orville is sent on a routine supply run to a science station. When they get there, Ed learns that the station doesn’t actually need the supplies at all. The chief scientist (Brian George from ‘The Expanse’) explains that his team has recently completed an experimental device that can create a “time bubble” which will accelerate the passage of time for anything inside it. Over 100 years of aging can be compressed into mere seconds. The scientist fears that an alien race called the Krill will try to steal this device to use as a weapon, so he called a Union ship hoping for protection, but didn’t want to announce the true purpose of the call over an open channel.

Sure enough, the Krill arrive quickly. One of the other scientists is a double-agent working with them. Their attempt to steal the device leads to a laser shoot-out on the ground and a starship battle in space, culminating in a dicey shuttlecraft docking back on the Orville. The Krill disable the Orville’s engines and demand that the device be turned over to them. Kelly comes up with the clever idea of sending it over with a redwood seed mounted on top. As soon as it’s on board the Krill ship, the device ages the tree 100 years, which grows and smashes through the alien ship’s hull, tearing it to pieces.

Much rejoicing is had, and Ed decides that Kelly can stay as his XO. In the final scene, we learn that Kelly secretly petitioned a Union admiral (Victor Garber) on Ed’s behalf to get him the command, because of course she’s still in love with him.

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