A sprawling exhibit called The Orville Experience will bring the sci-fi show’s 25th century universe to the historic Carnation Dairy Building (390 11th Avenue)with a huge collection of props, creatures, costumes, concept art, and practical models, including the show’s title starship, the USS Orville, the Planetary Union exploration vessel named after aviation pioneer Orville Wright.
MacFarlane personally engineered the exhibit idea, which came together very quickly. He told Deadline that he wanted to connect the show to its fanbase by figuratively welcoming them aboard the USS Orville.
“After completing two seasons of The Orville and witnessing the wonderfully gratifying audience response, I decided I wanted to bring something directly to the fans this year — and there’s no better place to do it than San Diego Comic-Con,” MacFrlane said. “I’m so proud of the work of our creative team, who bring this show to life with all of their incredible costumes and props, make-up and practical FX that are so unique and specific to The Orville.”
MacFarlane added: “We figured our fans would love to see all of it firsthand, so we pulled together an extensive collection directly from the set, and created ‘The Orville Experience.’ We look forward to showcasing it this weekend for as many fans as possible.”
The wardrobe used by the entire crew will be on display along with costumes worn by notable guest stars (Charlize Theron and Rob Lowe among them). Some likely fan-favorites among the creature and prop collection include the life-sized Lt. Unk and the infamous mustache that once graced the lip of Lt. Commander Bortus. No word whether a jar of pickles made it into the showcase.
The Orville Experience is free and open to the public. No Comic-Con badge required. Some giveaways will be distributed to fans as supplies permit. The exhibit opens Thursday evening with limited hours (6pm-8pm) and continues on Friday and Saturday with a full-day schedule (10am-8pm both days). The exhibit is closed on Sunday.
The Orville will also be the focus of a Saturday panel in Ballroom 20 at Comic-Con.
Created and written by MacFarlane, the one-hour show is a meld of humor and deep-space peril with an emphasis on workplace relationships between a crew of humans and aliens under the command of Capt. Ed Mercer (MacFarlane).
The Orville just earned its first Emmy nomination with a nod in the visual effects category.
Inspired by MacFarlane’s affection for Star Trek, The Orville, is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. MacFarlane, Brannon Braga, Jon Cassar, David A. Goodman, and Jason Clark executive produce the show, which airs on Thursday nights and has been renewed for Season 3.