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(2017– )

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Liam Neeson and Charlize Theron have appeared on The Orville, both of whom starred in Seth MacFarlane's film "A Million Ways to Die in the West."
In Star Trek: The Next Generation, the voice of the computer is Majel Barrett, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's wife. The voice of the computer on The Orville is Rachel MacFarlane, The Orville creator Seth MacFarlane's sister.
The ship is named after Orville Wright, one of the Wright brothers. The brothers successfully conducted the first free, controlled flight /of a power-driven airplane on December 17, 1903. There is a small model of the Wright Flyer on Captain Mercer's desk.
Several cast members have previously worked with Seth MacFarlane on other projects. Examples include Scott Grimes (American Dad), Rachel MacFarlane (American Dad), J. Lee (Family Guy).
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This is Seth MacFarlane's first live action show that he is credited with creating.
Lt. Cmdr. Bortas resembles a Klingon. Bortas was the name of the ship that transported K'mpec in Star Trek :TNG and was also commanded by Duras.
Seth MacFarlane previously said that he was interested in reviving Star Trek for television. Now the Orville(2017), a not so subtle Star Trek homage, is premiering the same year as Star Trek: Discovery(2017), a Star Trek television revival.
The Mercer name is an actual name taken from relatives of Seth and Rachel MacFarlane. The name is often used in other Fuzzy Door Productions, Seth's Company.
When Star Trek was first introduced to television in 1966, it was set roughly in the year 2266, adding 300 years to the show's debut. When the first episode of The Orville opens a caption reads the year as being 2418, roughly 400 years added to the season's debut.
When Orville's crew visit Lt. Cmdr. Bortus' home planet in About a Girl (season 1, episode 3) it can be seen an over-polluted city. It's based on Norilsk, an over-polluted Russian city (North to Arctic Polar Circle).
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Admiral Halsey (Victor Garber) is also the name of an American fleet admiral in the United States Navy. At the start of the World War 2 in the Pacific In 1943 he was made commander of the Third Fleet, the post he held through the rest of the war. Halsey's flagship early in the war was the U.S.S. Enterprise, which became the inspiration for the starship in "Star Trek".
The opening title sequence resembles that of "Star Trek: Voyager", with the Orville passing through similar planetary objects, including a dust cloud and a comet, before entering FTL in the final shot.
Seth MacFarlane's character is named Ed Mercer; Peter Griffin's ex-girlfriend's name is Gretchen Mercer.
The exterior markings for the Orville is, ECV-197 ORVILLE.
The name "Admiral Halsey" is a reference to the Paul McCartney song "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey", which in turn references the real-life US admiral.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Despite all the technology "borrowed" from Star Trek, there is one major component missing - a transporter (correct until episode 12).

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