It looks like the Orville producers have been very careful in terms of their scripts to avoid anything that is an actual copyright breach. They're similar in format and style but there's nothing illegal about that. The only thing that makes this show "like" Star Trek is the tone and a range of fairly generic sci-fi concepts, none of which Star Trek created - eg FTL travel, unified Earth government/planetary alliance, space military/explorers. There are a lot of things that are clearly inspired by ST but I can't see anything that might get them in trouble. If there were I suspect there'd already be a court case in progress.I do have to wonder though if greedy or bitter Paramount might adopt a bullying legal position, given what they could magnify in a court of law as the similarities between the formats of Orville and Trek?
Could they win a case against the show, do you think?
Seth MacFarlane says the confirmed second season of his sci-fi series “The Orville” is “going to be at least” fourteen episodes, up from the twelve of the first. The plan is also to lean on a heavier science fiction tone and pulling back a bit on comedy to broaden the appeal.
MacFarlane confirmed there’s no intention to do a full twenty-two episode season, saying: “I’d rather do fewer episodes and have them be better content-wise than do 22 and have them be filler.”