Fall TV Preview 2017: Marvel Antiheroes, Serial Killers and 'Stranger Things'

From 'The Punisher' to the return of 'Curb,' mutant superheroes to a brand new 'Star Trek' series – here's what you'll be watching this season

'The Orville' (Sep. 21)

Seth MacFarlane's crush on himself gets to third base – putting himself on screen as the lead of a Star Trek homage that adds up to about one-12th of a spaceball. It's an hour-long not-quite-comedy, starring Family Guy creator as the captain of a starship that's most definitely not the U.S.S. Enterprise; Adrianne Palicki is his second-in-command who just happens to be his frown-happy ex-wife. The sci-fi sitcom has been done over the years, from Paul Feig's sadly underrated Other Space all the way back to Richard Benjamin’s Seventies trash classic Quark (about an interstellar garbage collector). But giving The Orville a serious side is just a catastrophic move, as is giving it that insanely long running time – doing this as a standard MacFarlane slaptick goof would have at least made sense on its own terms. RS