Adrianne Palicki joins Seth MacFarlane’s new TV series

Adrianne Palicki at the Avengers: Age Of Ultron premiere

by James White |
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Now that the spin-off pilot that was to have focused on her and Nick Blood's characters from Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. isn't going forward, it appears Adrianne Palicki won't be returning to the main show any time soon. She's signed on for the female lead on Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane's new live-action comedy drama.

The series, which has yet to land on a title, is a sci-fi tale set 300 years in the future on board the Orville. As the name might clue you in, it's not exactly a top of the line exploratory ship in the vein of the Enterprise. But its crew will still face their share of challenges from without and within their own ranks.

MacFarlane, who usually prefers to be a producer or handle voice duties for his shows, is playing Ed, the captain of the ship, with Palicki as Kelly Grayson, his newly-appointed first officer... who just so happens to also be his ex-wife. And MacFarlane has also recruited Scott Grimes, who plays a regular role on one of his animated series, American Dad, is Gordon, Ed's best friend and the man he hires to fly the ship.

In the States, the Fox TV network has ordered a straight-to-series batch of 13 episodes, but it remains to be seen whether MacFarlane's mostly magic touch on animated shows can extend to live-action, as his last attempt, Dads, stumbled through one unsuccessful season.

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