For the next 30 minutes, I’m answering as many questions as I can about The Orville. Ask me anything. A new episode of The Orville airs Sunday at 8/7c on FOX:


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S14B235584 karma

Are we going to talk about Rampart though?

tritter2112211 karma


Looks like Seth mistook ama as a typical movie marketing interview.

Stereotypy1358 karma

"for the next thirty minutes, i'm answering all the questions i can.

about 'orville'.

ask me anything.

about orville."

SethMacFarlane_737 karma

Starting a new thread. Hang on, they're sending me the link and we'll start from scratch.

hOpOnTheSpaceship347 karma

Right? The similarities are uncanny... Notice how he hasn't answered any questions not about his show.

ItsLikeRay-ee-ain346 karma

And only allotting 30 minutes to the AMA... Hell, an hour's AMA seems too short, let alone a 30 minute one.

Edit: I'm not blaming the mods for this. You all are just volunteers running the biggest outward facing subreddit. There is only so much you can do without being credentialed employees of reddit.

cahaseler591 karma

We did try guys. Some people aren't good at listening. get confused by the AMA format.

EDIT: We got in contact with his team. He's coming back to chat with us some more. Think there was some miscommunication as to what an AMA was all about. He has now heard the story of Rampart...

SethMacFarlane_202 karma

Okay walk me though this -- my team is scratching their heads so I need all the help I can get.

SethMacFarlane_225 karma

Okay I'm back. Let's see if this works.

electricmohair130 karma

Might be better to just start a new AMA

SethMacFarlane_375 karma

Let's do that.

SethMacFarlane_834 karma

How the hell do I do that

TheRealCaco1862 karma

What was the worst reaction by a celebrity whom you had referenced in Family Guy?

Hydrogenuine871 karma

Great question, I would love this to be answered. Unfortunately it's not regarding his new show so...

Federico216368 karma

I see a lot of people here shitting on Seth and I really don't need to defend him, but here's a point I'd like to raise up. A lot of the AMA stars probably have no idea how it's supposed to work. They might not really know how Reddit works, or even what it is, let alone an AMA. Someone in their PR team will explain that it's like doing Jimmy Fallon show, but for internet neckbeards. They'll sit him down for 10 minutes to answer 5-10 questions and their typist will only pick ones related to the show. This has happened too many times for me to be disappointed, I don't expect anything from these AmAs anymore. But I wouldn't blame the celebrities, this is pretty much what /r/IAmA has turned into over the years, especially since Victoria was fired. /r/IAmA has essentially become a tool for stars to give a quick pitch about their latest project, in the form of a shitty Q&A. I suggest we'd add a new tag for AMA's like this, something like "MiniAmA" or "PromotionalAmA" or "AvoidThisAmA".

Sometimes, rarely, but sometimes you seen an AMA done right. Off the top of my head I'm thinking Snoop Dogg, Nick Offerman, Zach Braff and Jessica Biel. The PR cocktards should realize it's supposed to be more like Rogans Podcast, 3 hours of shooting the shit, rather than appearance on Conan, 5 minute interview of rehearsed anecdotes.

/I wanna add that I'm sure the current modteam is doing their best, it's not your fault how the nature of advertising and social media has changed (I feel like we're only a few years away from Black Mirror style Wraith Babe ads that set off an increasingly loud alarm as soon as you avert your eyes from the ad). When I say we miss Victoria, I'm not trying to saying you guys suck. I don't wanna sound ungrateful, I'm sure your job is thankless as it is. If the AMA turns out to be shit, people will complain. If you cancel an AMA for not meeting the requirements you've set, people will still complain. So I wish you all the best and we still appreciate you and the work you do.

//Seth's response

SethMacFarlane_316 karma

In the spirit of that, let's try this again. Bear with me, I'm learning how to use this site.

sml61749 karma

That's a nice thought, but he did an ama in 2014 and actually answered questions, so there's no excuse.

SethMacFarlane_31 karma

Had a walk-through that time - this is just me on my own - been awhile.

SethMacFarlane_696 karma

Adrian Brody. Met him at a party afterward as he was not amused.

RedditIsDumb4You332 karma

Hes not answering non Orville related questions

SoMuchMoreEagle68 karma

Makes me wonder if it's even really him or just some PR guy. You'd think Seth would know how an AMA works and how not doing it right just pisses people off.

SethMacFarlane_414 karma

I know now ha - my crack team handed me an iPad and said "answer questions about The Orville. Hung out to dry here but let's try and make up for it.

SethMacFarlane_381 karma

Thanks for your questions! Next time I'm gonna figure out how the hell to use this site before I come on. More to come!

Lars_El201 karma

Hey Seth! Huge fan of your work and love what I've seen from The Orville so far!

In the pilot, we see the crew use a shuttle craft to get down to the surface of the planet. Is transporter technology not around in the Orville universe? Or, is it something that'll possibly be explored more later on?

SethMacFarlane_370 karma

We decided to go without it for this show -- we like seeing the shuttle fly around, and we decided it'd be more challenging in a good way to have to write ourselves out of predicaments without it.

RoToRa145 karma

Hi Seth,

The pilot made a lot of fun and I can't wait to see more.

Professional critics seem to mostly dislike The Orville, but viewers (at least here in reddit) seem to mostly like the show. Whats your take on this disparity?

SethMacFarlane_332 karma

Always seems to be some odd axe to grind with critics, but honestly all I care about is what the audience thinks. I was so happy to read all your enthusiastic responses and feedback.

Battlearmor119 karma

Hey Seth! Loving The Orville so far. It's like a new Star Trek series that I can actually get excited about.

My brother and I have had this question since the show was first announced- is the ship named after Orville Wright, or Orville Redenbacher? I was pretty sure it was going to be Redenbacher up until I saw the tone of the show in the first episode. Now I'm not so sure. Can you clear this up for us?

SethMacFarlane_234 karma

Orville Wright, yes. I was reading the David McCullough biography of the Wright brothers while I was writing the pilot, and early on there seemed to be some depiction of Orville as the "beta" brother. Seemed like a good fit for our midlevel craft.

SethMacFarlane_8 karma

Orville Wright, yes. I was reading the David McCullough biography of the Wright brothers while I was writing the pilot, and early on there seemed to be some depiction of Orville as the "beta" brother. Seemed like a good fit for our midlevel craft.

Augen76118 karma

Seth, I love the sets on the show. Is there an engine room set on "Orville"?

SethMacFarlane_215 karma

There will be yep - episode 5

ODMtesseract69 karma

Hi Seth, thanks for doing this AMA.

What's the budget like for special effects in the show? No need to quote actual numbers, but how does it compare relatively speaking to other similar shows?

If that's too commercially sensitive, what was your inspiration for Lt. Cmdr. Bortus? I personally love serious, deadpan characters that come off as unintentionally hilarious!

SethMacFarlane_214 karma

We have the same budget as any other hourlong network show, but doing Cosmos taught us how to really stretch it to achieve movie-level effects each week in significant quantities.

hotgeeknot49 karma

Hi Seth! I'm loving that you're taking such an interest in creating a scifi franchise that looks once again at the "what can we become for good" side of the future, instead of the "Look how bad we made it" side.

I wonder, how far do you want to take that vision? Do you hope to inspire a new generation of people to look to the future and dream "How do I make it better?"?

SethMacFarlane_94 karma

I don't know how much a tv show can really do, but I've noticed that that kind of show hasn't existed for awhile. Hopefully The Orville can get people fired up about space travel again.

greatn40 karma

Will we get to see some more locations on the ship like Engineering or the Mess Hall?

SethMacFarlane_75 karma

You'll get to see the Mess Hall this Sunday

SethMacFarlane_19 karma

You'll get to see the Mess Hall this Sunday

Lacobus37 karma

How deep is the mythology of this show going to go? Trek obviously has a whole world. Is that the eventual plan for The Orville?

SethMacFarlane_50 karma

That is our plan. To that end, some episodes will dig a little deeper than others. We're experimenting with tone.

flyingsaucerinvasion5 karma

My estimate is that if the characters seemed to take the world they inhabit a little more seriously, that it would be easier for the viewer to be invested in what is happening on screen. Your show has a lot of potential, so I'm looking forward to see if your experiments with tone reach a great balance.

SethMacFarlane_10 karma

It's the biggest challenge of doing a drama-comedy hybrid. You want to mix it up with some comedy here and there, but at the same time if the characters are too glib during a crisis, the stakes become diminished. It's a constant balancing act to determine where it's permissible. We're hoping the viewers will go along with us as far as a little tonal variance week to week. If you treat each episode like it'ss a little movie, then it does work.

OneOfALifetime34 karma

Hi Seth, I got through the first 30 minutes of Orville but I felt like it was a bit more serious than I thought it would be, not as much comedy. Had to stop watching due to Hurricane Irma taking everything out, but I'm hearing I need to finish the last 30 because it was definitely pretty good. Still really liked it, but just wasn't what I expected, is it going to be a mix like this moving forward?

SethMacFarlane_37 karma

The show is attempting something a little totally new, yes. We are an hour, so we're really making an effort to take seriously the science fiction and character aspects of our storytelling.

MDCCCLV31 karma

Why go for the contemporary style of speech that's not at home in that sci-fi setting?

SethMacFarlane_85 karma

To me, there's no reason the people on a spaceship shouldn't talk like everyone else. I haven't seen it before in this kind of show, which made the idea interesting and potentially fun to write.

WhyYouBullyMe30 karma

Will the story continue with each episode or will they have little ti no correlation with each other? How long do you plan to keep the story running?

SethMacFarlane_82 karma

The show will be episodic, so each week will be its own story. Within a certain timeframe, you can watch them out of order and you won't be confused.

Mercennarius27 karma

Seth, never heard of Orville until just now. Can you give me one sentence to put it in a nut shell that will pursued me to watch it? Thanks!'re hilarious.

SethMacFarlane_47 karma

At the moment, I'd venture to say there's nothing else like it on TV. We're working hard to bring you all something that feels like a movie each week.

wrenstein19 karma

How seriously will the show take itself in terms of the lore and tech of the show? Put it another way, are the writers going to make rules for how things work that they'll hold themselves to in the future? I see that some solid Star Trek talent has been brought in behind the scenes (episode directors and the like) that could make some solid Trek adjacent comedy sci-fi.

SethMacFarlane_39 karma

We're really making an effort to play by a rule book that we follow week to week, yes

wcw4392111 karma

Commander Grayson mentioned a ship called the Chanute at the end of the first episode. May we also expect ships named the Bleriot, the Curtiss, the Lillienthal, and the Beachey?

(But not the Langley. That one crashed on takeoff. Twice.)

SethMacFarlane_19 karma

The Bleriot appears in this Sunday's episode, yep

randy_buttcheese11 karma

Hi Seth! Are we going to have a more in depth look at the cultures of aliens on the crew? Loving the optimistic tone of the show.

SethMacFarlane_18 karma

Yes - when we move to Thursday nights after this Sunday's airing, the first episode will explore Bortus' culture in-depth.

TeamStark317 karma

Hi Seth, loved The Orville pilot. Are we going to find out more about the command structure of the fleet, like do they have something similar to the Prime Directive?

SethMacFarlane_7 karma

We will. There's no Prime Directive per se, more of a case-by-case analysis among the Admiralty when those situations arise in the show.

largebarge12186 karma

Hi Seth! How much of the playful dialogue is improvised as opposed to scripted? Some of my favorite character interactions feel so natural. Just curious.

SethMacFarlane_7 karma

Depends on the scene. In this Sunday's episode there is indeed some improvised material.

SNESdrunk3 karma


SethMacFarlane_28 karma

Hopefully for all ages - we actually do want this to be a show people can watch with their families