Fox looks to sci-fi, fan­tasy; MacFar­lane in space

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Fox TV is call­ing on su­per­pow­ers and Seth MacFar­lane to draw view­ers this fall. “The Orville,” a new space ad­ven­ture star­ring and pro­duced by MacFar­lane, is set 400 years in the fu­ture. It fol­lows the ad­ven­tures of an ex­ploratory space­ship. “This is Seth’s pas­sion pro­ject,” Dana Walden, Fox Tele­vi­sion Group chair­man and CEO, said Mon­day in a tele­con­fer­ence de­tail­ing the net­work’s 2017-18 sched­ule. “The Gifted,” about a sub­ur­ban cou­ple that dis­cov­ers their chil­dren have mu­tant pow­ers, also will de­but this fall. Stephen Moyer (“True Blood”) and Amy Acker (“Per­son of In­ter­est”) will star in the drama that Walden called “big, cine­matic and com­mer­cial” and is Fox’s first with the Marvel fac­tory. Com­edy also is get­ting the fan­tasy and sci-fi touch at Fox with “Ghosted.” The sit­com about two part­ners ex­plor­ing un­ex­plained phe­nom­ena in Los An­ge­les stars Craig Robin­son of “The Of­fice” and Adam Scott of “Parks and Re­cre­ation.” Three other new­com­ers will de­but at mid­sea­son on Fox, in­clud­ing “The Res­i­dent,” a med­i­cal drama star­ring Matt Czuchry; “9-1-1,” star­ring An­gela Bas­sett, and the com­edy “LA to Ve­gas” from pro­duc­ers in­clud­ing Will Fer­rell and Adam McKay. Fox will have mu­sic as well, with re­turn­ing se­ries “Em­pire” and “Star” and the live mu­si­cals “Rent” and “A Christ­mas Story.” But it won’t have “Amer­i­can Idol,” which ended its run on Fox in 2016 and is be­ing re­vived next year by ABC.

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