This looks promising, and Seth knows how to keep stuff on the air forever, so it has a chance of lasting. If it can stay funny and interesting for a long time is the real question.
Wellll, recall, his 'signature' show, Family Guy, WAS cancelled and took a couple of years to come back (and he made a joke about it, with the roll call of 'canceled too quick' Fox shows
). American Dad seems to struggle along and I can't recall any other shows he's got running. The Cleveland show died, again jokes made of that in Family Guy.
According to IMDB The Orville is only 11 episodes, so that sounds more like a mid-season replacement...further checking the actual IMDB listing they call it a 13 episode deal which is better.
(insert rant about 'short seasons' and how frustrating they are yet most of us would rather 13 really good episodes Vs. 24 so-so episodes)
What I want to know is, will he get that sexy Mila Kunis to appear on the show?
Woo! Jonathan Frakes is directing an episode! Now THAT should be really really fun!
Now, see, just look at me here. I don't think I'm alone in being more excited about this silly show, which comes kinda out of nowhere, then the new Star Trek that seems mired in molasses. Cripes, IMDB, there's just gap after gap. Look at this listing for 'Storyline': "Plot unknown. Described as a new Star Trek series for CBS All Access."
Is that not pathetic? Compare to the Storyline listing for The Orville: "Set 300 years in the future, the show follows the adventures of the Orville, a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth's interstellar Fleet. Facing cosmic challenges from without and within, this motley crew of space explorers will boldly go where no comedic drama has gone before. "
(no mention of the anticipated and seemingly inevitable fart jokes)
How hard it is to put out a storyline? It's a Star Trek series. It's a ship and a crew going out and doing stuff. And CBS can't be bothered enough to write that much for the IMDB?