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The Orville Season 1 Episode 3 Review – ‘About a Girl’

23 September 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Martin Carr reviews the third episode of The Orville

Online entertainment sites seem more concerned with the impact of Thursday night football on The Orville than anything else. Fox also re-launched Gotham against the Star Trek pastiche which is another reason why ratings may have bottomed out for MacFarlane’s creation. Whatever their arguments for moving it have no illusions this has anything to do with quality. Networks are strange and in the past some truly inspired television has been buried beneath cultural preoccupations. It would seem The Orville is no different.

MacFarlane has always been brave in his choice of topics and uses the position and clout he has attained to address contentious issues. Mixing it up in true Family Guy fashion what we get in The Orville episode three is a savage attack on the narrow-minded attitudes of some to gender conformity. There are some jokes mixed in »

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Seth MacFarlane’s The Orville to feature Star Trek actor cameos

16 September 2017 10:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Seth MacFarlane recently took to Reddit for an Ama to promote his latest Fox sci-fi comedy, The Orville, where he revealed that the show may feature a cameo or two from the actors of the franchise that helped inspire it, Star Trek.

When one user asked the Family Guy and American Dad creator/star if he had any plans to have Star Trek actors cameo on the show, MacFarlane responded with a vague “We got one or two in the lineup….”

Comment from discussion I am Seth MacFarlane. Ama..

While he doesn’t offer up any hints about which actors will appear on the show, it sounds like at least a few Star Trek stars are embracing The Orville, which is simultaneously a parody and love letter to the classic space franchise.

William Shatner always seems gung-ho about appearing in Star Trek rip-offs/send-ups and even returned to voice James T. »

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‘The Orville’ Wouldn’t Be Such a Critical Failure If It Were a Half-Hour Comedy

14 September 2017 3:02 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The fact that the new Fox series “The Orville” is an hour-long “space adventure,” not a half-hour sitcom, has proven to be a major surprise for fans of creator Seth MacFarlane.

It makes sense, given that he’s best known for the hundreds of episodes of animated comedy he’s produced since the launch of “Family Guy” in 1999. In addition, there’s much of the show’s marketing: Looking back at the original trailer presented during the Fox upfronts, from the music choices and the punchline-heavy editing to the tagline “the universe has a crew loose,” it’s easy to see why people still seem to think the series is a half-hour comedy.

Of course, as viewers now know, “The Orville” is twice the length and nowhere near as funny as expected. Instead, the freshman drama aims to create a new spin on classic science fiction series like “Star Trek” — and not that successfully. »

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‘The Orville’ Wouldn’t Be Such a Critical Failure If It Were a Half-Hour Comedy

14 September 2017 3:02 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The fact that the new Fox series “The Orville” is an hour-long “space adventure,” not a half-hour sitcom, has proven to be a major surprise for fans of creator Seth MacFarlane.

It makes sense, given that he’s best known for the hundreds of episodes of animated comedy he’s produced since the launch of “Family Guy” in 1999. In addition, there’s much of the show’s marketing: Looking back at the original trailer presented during the Fox upfronts, from the music choices and the punchline-heavy editing to the tagline “the universe has a crew loose,” it’s easy to see why people still seem to think the series is a half-hour comedy.

Of course, as viewers now know, “The Orville” is twice the length and nowhere near as funny as expected. Instead, the freshman drama aims to create a new spin on classic science fiction series like “Star Trek” — and not that successfully. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Seth MacFarlane’s ‘The Orville’ Hopes to Brighten Up the Sci-Fi TV Universe

14 September 2017 10:18 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

On Wednesday, The Paley Center for Media hosted day eight of its annual PaleyFest Fall TV Previews for Fox’s new sci-fi series, “The Orville.” Created by Seth MacFarlane, “The Orville” follows the adventures of Ed Mercer (MacFarlane) and his crew aboard one of Earth’s space fleet vessels as they explore the cosmos.

MacFarlane and castmates Adrianne Palicki, Halston Sage, J. Lee, Mark Jackson, Penny Johnson Jerald, Peter Macon, and Scott Grimes were joined by executive producers Brannon Braga and David Goodman on the panel.

“Working with comedy and science-fiction is a challenge because every time it’s a reinvention as to how the comedy fits into the narrative; it’s a learning process,” MacFarlane said. “I’m someone who tends to be a punching bag for the critics, so it’s great to see such a positive response from the fans — which is really all that matters.”

He added, “Science »

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The Orville: Is the Fox TV Series Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two?

14 September 2017 12:44 AM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Vulture Watch Is there still enough space in outer space for both Ed and Kelly? Has The Orville TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on Fox? The television vulture is watching for the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of The Orville, season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?   What's This TV Show About? Airing on the Fox television network, The Orville stars Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald, Scott Grimes, Peter Macon, Halston Sage, J Lee, Mark Jackson, Chad L. Coleman, Norm Macdonald, Larry Joe Campbell, Victor Garber, Brian George, and Rachael MacFarlane. In 2417, Ed Mercer (Seth MacFarlane) is promoted to captain The U.S.S. Orville, with the assistance of First Officer Kelly »

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The Orville: Season One Ratings

12 September 2017 6:52 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Not counting the Prison Break revival, Fox introduced 10 new TV shows during the regular 2016-17 television season and cancelled seven of them. Now they've picked up Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane's new space adventure comedy drama. Can his animated series success translate to live-action sci-fi? Will The Orville TV show be cancelled or renewed for a second season? Stay tuned.The Orville stars MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald, Scott Grimes, Peter Macon, Halston Sage, J Lee, Mark Jackson, Chad L. Coleman, Norm Macdonald, Larry Joe Campbell, Victor Garber, Brian George, and Rachael MacFarlane. In 2417, Ed Mercer (Seth MacFarlane) is promoted to captain The U.S.S. Orville, with the assistance of First Officer Kelly Grayson (Palicki). Unfortunately, she’s his ex-wife, and her presence acts as a bridle on his enthusiasm. Whether facing off with the Krill, a dangerous alien race, or attempting rescues »

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The Orville Season 1 Episode 1 Review – ‘Old Wounds’

11 September 2017 11:03 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Martin Carr reviews the first episode of The Orville

This looks and feels like a flagship network show. Seth MacFarlane stands front and centre taking on full creative responsibility for The Orville. An affectionate and none to subtle pastiche of The Next Generation, J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek and of course Star Trek: The Original Series. High production values, solid writing and spot on casting make this opening episode a pleasure from start to finish.

Setting up a fractious premise within the first minute MacFarlane reins in his comedic muscles and plays it straight throughout. Any gags are on point and used sparingly making room for a great space based dramedy. Characters are set up quickly and given time to find their feet, develop dynamics and never feel two-dimensional. Everyone from Scott Grime’s Gordon Mallory to Halston Sage’s Alara Kitan become familiar quickly, are given decent physical and »

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The Orville

10 September 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: Fox. Episodes: Ongoing (hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: September 10, 2017 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald, Scott Grimes, Peter Macon, Halston Sage, J Lee, Mark Jackson, Chad L. Coleman, Norm Macdonald, Larry Joe Campbell, Victor Garber, Brian George, and Rachael MacFarlane. TV show description: From creator and star, Seth MacFarlane, The Orville TV show is a live-action space adventure, set 400 years in the future. The story centers on the crew of a mid-level exploratory spaceship, The U.S.S. Orville.In 2417, Ed Mercer (MacFarlane) is promoted to captain the Orville, with the assistance of First Officer Kelly Grayson (Palicki). Unfortunately, she's his ex-wife, »

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Jessica Chastain Isn't Playing Lilandra in X-Men: Dark Phoenix

8 September 2017 12:27 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After weeks of rumors, Jessica Chastain confirmed last month that she has been cast in X-Men: Dark Phoenix. While her character was never announced, it was rumored that she was playing Shi'ar Empress Lilandra, and the actress' cryptic social media comments towards co-star James McAvoy hinted that she was playing a villain, claiming that she's going to make him 'cry so hard'. The actress has now confirmed that today is her first day of shooting on X-Men: Dark Phoenix, with a humorous video of a "double rainbow" in Montreal. But she also went one step further in a now-deleted comment, saying that she actually isn't playing Lilandra. Here's what the actress had to say in the deleted comment.

"Hey folks, want a scoop? Im not playing Lilandra..."

Even after the comment was deleted on Jessica Chastain's Instagram, it sparked a flurry of comments from fans, speculating about whether or »

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‘The Orville’ Review: Seth MacFarlane’s ‘Star Trek’ Rip-Off is Creatively, Morally, and Ethically Bankrupt

8 September 2017 8:13 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The best way to describe “The Orville” is “What would happen if a guy who spent years writing animated dick jokes for television got the opportunity to make his own ‘Star Trek’? Oh, and what if his parent network gave him millions to make that happen?” It is a show that will be baffling for people who have never seen an episode of “Star Trek.” And for fans of the franchise, who know intimately how a “Trek” series feels, it will be downright disturbing.

The Orville” chronicles the adventures of Captain Ed Mercer (Seth MacFarlane) and the loyal crew of the U.S.S. Orville (seriously, it uses the prefix U.S.S.) as they soar through space on some unexplained exploratory mission in the far distant future. There are humans, and there are good aliens, some of whom are crew members, and there are bad aliens, who get fought in space battles. »

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‘The Orville’ Review: Seth MacFarlane’s ‘Star Trek’ Rip-Off is Creatively, Morally, and Ethically Bankrupt

8 September 2017 8:13 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The best way to describe “The Orville” is “What would happen if a guy who spent years writing animated dick jokes for television got the opportunity to make his own ‘Star Trek’? Oh, and what if his parent network gave him millions to make that happen?” It is a show that will be baffling for people who have never seen an episode of “Star Trek.” And for fans of the franchise, who know intimately how a “Trek” series feels, it will be downright disturbing.

The Orville” chronicles the adventures of Captain Ed Mercer (Seth MacFarlane) and the loyal crew of the U.S.S. Orville (seriously, it uses the prefix U.S.S.) as they soar through space on some unexplained exploratory mission in the far distant future. There are humans, and there are good aliens, some of whom are crew members, and there are bad aliens, who get fought in space battles. »

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The Orville Review: Seth MacFarlane's Somber Sci-Fi Dud Crashes and Burns

5 September 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Consider this a red alert to TV fans everywhere: Are you expecting Seth MacFarlane’s new Fox series The Orville to be a fun Star Trek parody packed with wall-to-wall jokes? Two words of advice: Abandon ship.

Despite what Fox’s official site claims, The Orville — premiering this Sunday at 8/7c — is not a “hilarious comedy.” It’s not even a comedy. Yes, there are a few Family Guy-esque punchlines scattered throughout, but as bafflingly as this sounds, The Orville is mostly a straightforward drama… and not a very good one, at that. Riddled with sci-fi clichés and paralyzed by a grim self-importance, »

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X-Men 7 Director Promises Realistic, Intergalactic Dark Phoenix

30 August 2017 1:18 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With X-Men: Dark Phoenix starting production last month, there haven't been a ton of updates thus far, aside from a few new cast members that have been confirmed. But now writer-director Simon Kinberg has offered a brief update on the story. During a recent interview, the director revealed that the previous six X-Men movies were known for being "human" and emotional, adding that he hopes to "ground" the story of X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Here's what he had to say in a new interview.

"[We must] find a way to ground it so it's not too intergalactic."

The director's statement to Total Film (courtesy of X-Men Films) is quite interesting, since producer Bryan Singer hinted in a May 2016 interview that X-Men 7 may head to outer space, with that aspect of the X-Men comic book universe never explored before on the big screen. Still, while we know the story will follow the Dark Phoenix saga from the comics, »

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Rumour: Halston Sage cast as Dazzler in X-Men: Dark Phoenix

17 August 2017 5:34 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It looks like X-Men: Dark Phoenix may have found its Dazzler, with Omega Underground reporting that Halston Sage (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, The Orville) is set to play Alison Blair in the latest instalment of 20th Century Fox’s mutant superhero series.

The site reports that Sage and Suki Waterhouse (The Bad Batch) had both been tipped for the role, but that Sage was spotted in Montreal alongside Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp, and Nicholas Hoult at a Hans Zimmer concert. A photo of Sage was also spotted alongside a shot of Jessica Chastain in the background of a photo posted (and since deleted) to Instagram from a member of the film’s stunt team.

News of Dazzler’s appearance in the film was first confirmed back in June, when it was also stated that there were no plans to cast Taylor Swift in the role, despite »

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Film Review: ‘Dave Made a Maze’

16 August 2017 6:16 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dave Made a Maze” is a whimsical fantasy about a dude who gets lost in a living-room labyrinth of his own making. Bill Watterson’s directorial debut is itself like an awesomely scaled home craft project. The idiosyncrasy and resourcefulness are impressive, even inspiring to a point. But at 80-odd minutes, the self-conscious novelty begins to seem  stretched, enough so that you notice this clever conceit is never particularly funny or meaningful — just cute. Nonetheless, it’s just the kind of project that’s bound to accrue a cult following.

Dave (Nick Thune) is an artist plagued by creative block. When his girlfriend, Annie (Meera Rohit Kumbhani), leaves for the weekend, he devises a wee craft project to get the juices flowing. Upon her return, Annie is nonplussed to discover the results occupying their entire apartment living room: Dave has built a cardboard maze, and while he responds cheerfully to her greeting and sounds just inches away »

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Halston Sage Is Dazzler in X-Men: Dark Phoenix

15 August 2017 11:44 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After being briefly referenced in an X-Men: Apocalypse deleted scene last year, a casting call for X-Men: Dark Phoenix surfaced in June that seemed to indicate the pop star mutant Dazzler is finally showing up in X-Men: Dark Phoenix. That role has been cast, with The Orville star Halston Sage coming aboard, although there has been no confirmation from the studio. The actress was rumored to be up for the role earlier this month, along with Suki Waterhouse, but if this report is to be believed, Halston Sage has come away with the role.

Omega Underground broke the news on this casting, although there has been some evidence hiding in plain sight, so to speak. Last month, the actress was spotted alongside several X-Men: Dark Phoenix cast members backstage at a Hans Zimmer concert in Montreal, where the film is being shot. Halston Sage was seen alongside Tye Sheridan (Cyclops »

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Rumor: The Orville Actress Halston Sage May Have Landed The Role Of Dazzler In X-men: Dark Phoenix

15 August 2017 7:38 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

It looks like Halston Sage (The Orville, Paper Towns) may have landed the role of Alison Blair, Aka Dazzler, in Simon Kinberg's currently shooting X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Find out more after the jump »

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix Eyes The Orville Star For Dazzler

15 August 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

A new report says X-Men: Dark Phoenix is currently eyeing The Orville star Halston Sage to play the pop star mutant, Dazzler. »

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New banner and character promo images for Seth MacFarlane’s The Orville

8 August 2017 2:37 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With just over a month to go until the season premiere of Seth MacFarlane’s The Orville, Fox has released a new banner and batch of character promotional images for the upcoming sci-fi comedy series; check them out here…

See Also: Watch the trailer for The Orville here

From Emmy Award-winning executive producer and creator Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, “Ted”) and directed by Jon Favreau (“The Jungle Book,” “Iron Man”), The Orville is a one-hour science fiction series set 400 years in the future that follows the adventures of the U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory vessel. Its crew, both human and alien, faces the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of regular people in a workplace…even though some of those people are from other planets, and the workplace is a faster-than-light spaceship. In the 25th century, Earth is part of the Planetary Union, »

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