See the trailer for Seth MacFarlane's "Star Trek" spoof "Orville"

Seth MacFarlane will star in "The Orville."

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Seth MacFarlane might be best known for his comedy work, but the "Family Guy" creator is bringing another passion of his to new show, "The Orville" -- sci-fi. 

MacFarlane's new space adventure series on Fox is about an exploratory spaceship, the U.S.S. Orville, on a voyage 400 years in the future. The show is reminiscent of "Star Trek," but with a comical twist. MacFarlane's character seems to be the butt of many jokes. 

"This is Seth's passion project," Dana Walden, Fox Television Group chairman and CEO, said Monday in a teleconference about the network's 2017-2018 schedule, according to the AP.  

MacFarlane enjoys science and brought the documentary "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" to Fox in 2014. 

Watch the new trailer for "The Orville." 

The Orville: Official Trailer | THE ORVILLE by FOX on YouTube
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