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Star Ted? Seth MacFarlane boldly goes to space in sci-fi comedy drama

There's a million ways to die in space for the new show coming in 2017.

Like this, but in space.

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Seth MacFarlane is set to take his loudmouth brand of comedy into space in a new science-fiction comedy drama.

The man behind "Family Guy", "American Dad!", "A Million Ways to Die in the West" and "Ted" will star in and executive produce the 13 hour-long episodes of the show, which is slated to debut on Fox in 2017.

The show will be set 300 years in the future, when a "motley crew" of space explorers will "boldly go where no comedic drama has gone before". It's set on the Orville, a "a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth's interstellar Fleet".

Sounds a bit like "Galaxy Quest" to us -- and in fact a TV version of the much-loved 1999 spoof of "Star Trek" was last year reported to be in development at Amazon. Sadly the proposed show was cancelled after the death of Alan Rickman in January this year.