15 or 20 years ago Seth McFarlane‘s The Orville, a dry comedic riff on Star Trek mythology, would have been a feature in the same way that Galaxy Quest was. Or that Spaceballs was back in ’87. Now it’s a fucking Fox TV series, or will be starting this fall (Thursdays, 9 pm). The Wiki page says MacFarlane “originally wrote Orville as a spec script” — for theatrical? — [but that] it was picked up by Fox on May 4, 2016. The network ordered 13 episodes. It will be the first live-action TV series created by MacFarlane, as well as his first live-action starring role on television.”