Brannon Braga, who made a name for himself in the world of science-fiction with his long-running work on ‘Star Trek’ in the 1990s and beyond, has been a key addition to the upcoming Fox sitcom ‘The Orville,’ created by Seth MacFarlane.

Braga began his Hollywood career as a writer/producer for ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ before going on to work on other series spin-offs ‘Voyager,’ ‘Enterprise,’ as well as the feature films ‘Star Trek Generations’ and ‘Star Trek: First Contact.’  At the recent Star Trek convention in Las Vegas, Braga was asked about why he chose to contribute to ‘The Orville’ as an Executive Producer and Writer, and he answered thusly:

“It’s kind of its own thing: it’s funny, at times very funny, but the stakes are real, its science-fiction ideas I think are really cool, it’s a good mix of comedy but also drama. It’s like ‘M*A*S*H,’ you’ll be laughing one second and the next something very serious is going on. You have to be involved, you can’t do an hour long satire of the genre. It’s a loving tribute to this kind of [standalone] storytelling.”

“I missed the kind of storytelling that ‘Star Trek’ did which are standalone parables, with beginning, middle, and end. I worked on ’24’ and I did serialized storytelling for the most part, and I really really missed it.”

Fans don’t have long to wait and see what kind of show ‘The Orville’ will become, as the premiere is less than a month away!

From Emmy Award-winning executive producer and creator Seth MacFarlane (FAMILY GUY, “Ted,” “Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey”), THE ORVILLE is a live-action, one-hour space adventure series set 400 years in the future that follows The Orville, a mid-level exploratory spaceship. Its crew, both human and alien, face the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of everyday life.

‘The Orville’ will premiere Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 on Fox.