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‘Star Trek’ Crossed with ‘Airplane’ Might Give You Fox’s ‘The Orville’

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‘Star Trek’ Crossed with ‘Airplane’ Might Give You Fox’s ‘The Orville’

Fox’s ‘The Orville,’ which premieres this fall might actually be an entertaining show…unless it turns out to be too much of a good thing.

It’s rare these days that a preview of an upcoming fall series — especially one released this far out — actually makes me want to give the show a try when it eventually premieres. I’ve begun to believe I’ve reached that age that I just don’t “get” what the younger folk consider entertaining these days.

But the other day, I caught a preview of a new series Fox is debuting this fall called The Orville. It’s billed as a comedy-drama (a “dramedy”) set 300 years in the future.

The visuals make it appear to be something along the lines of a reboot of Star Trek. But watching the trailer makes it clear that someone tried to combine Star Trek with Airplane.

Take a look:

Honestly, I’m not all that familiar with Seth MacFarlane at all. But I’d definitely give The Orville a shot when the fall rolls around.

The only drawback I see about a show with this many quick quips and sight gags is that it’s the kind of program that you really have to watch while not doing much of anything else.

That might prove a tough challenge for today’s audience, particularly the younger crowd to whom MacFarlane is likely better known.

Younger viewers are watching multiple “screens” at once these days. While the TV is on, they might well be sitting in front of it, but they’re likely checking their smartphone, their tablet or their laptop.

Except for those who don’t even have a TV and stream their content on one device while using a second to catch up on email or other digital distractions.

Still, this is one of the first previews I’ve seen for the 2017-2018 television season that I actually might enjoy.

How about you? Is it a show you think you’d enjoy? Have you seen any other previews you’re interested in so far?

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