Preview images for the first episode of Seth MacFarlane's new space series The Orville Photos: The Orville Premieres Tonight On FOX

The Fall TV season pretty much starts for broadcast tonight as FOX presents the first episode of Seth MacFarlane’s new space drama The Orville. The show airs tonight after the NFL doubleheader.

Here’s how FOX describes it:

orvilleFrom 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 in the all-new “Old Wounds” special series premiere episode of THE ORVILLE airing Sunday, Sept. 10 (8:00-9:00 PM ET LIVE to all Time Zones), immediately following the NFL Doubleheader on FOX. (ORV-101) (TV-14 D, L, S, V)

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

Some photos from the series premiere can be found below; more of KSiteTV’s Orville content including trailers can be found here. You can also come talk about the show on the KSiteTV forum!


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THE ORVILLE: L-R: Penny Johnson Jerald, Seth MacFarlane and Peter Macon in the new space adventure series from the creator of "Family Guy." The first part of the special two-part series premiere of THE ORVILLE will air Sunday, Sept. 10 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), immediately following the NFL ON FOX Doubleheader. ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Michael Becker/FOX

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KSiteTV Editor-In-Chief Craig Byrne has been writing about TV on the internet since 1995. He is also the author of several published books, including Smallville: The Visual Guide and the show's Official Companions for Seasons 4-7.