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Fox sets premiere date for The Orville

As announced at the upfronts, the new Seth MacFarlane space dramedy Orville is getting a platform launch behind NFL doubleheaders. The series will debut on Sunday, Sept. 10, with two airings before the official beginning of the season, both getting an NFL boost. Orville will move into its regular Thursday 9 PM time slot during premiere week. That hour looks less daunting after NBC reversed its decision to move breakout drama This Is Us there.

SUNDAY, Sept. 10 Immediately Following NFL ON FOX Doubleheader
8-9 PM ET/PT THE ORVILLE (Special Series Premiere, Part 1)

SUNDAY, Sept. 17, Immediately Following NFL ON FOX Doubleheader
8-9 PM ET/PT THE ORVILLE (Special Series Premiere, Part 2)

THURSDAY, Sept. 28
8-9 PM GOTHAM (Season Four Premiere)
9-10 PM THE ORVILLE (Time Period Series Premiere)



Marvel Announces New Defenders Title By Bendis & Marquez

Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist, heroes who are headlining their own shows on Netflix and are to team up for a show called Defenders, will now partner up on the publishing side.

Brian Michael Bendis, one of Marvel’s most popular writers, and artist David Marquez, who worked with Bendis on books featuring Spider-Man and Iron Man, are behind the new ongoing series, which will launch in June, after receiving a preview in the publisher’s Free Comic Book Day offering in May.

“I wanted to do a sprawling, Godfather-like epic at the street level of the Marvel Universe, really putting out hooks down and creating a modern, elaborate organized crime story that is different than what has gone before, but builds on everything that has happened to these characters, as individuals or as a team, and putting them in the hardest battle for the street that anyone can imagine.“

“You will get Jessica Jones looking out her window, street-level, and my return to Daredevil, which will be different than what I and Alex did before,” says Bendis. "And Luke and Danny, characters that I have a strong affinity for. I spent most of the oughts being mocked for the love of Luke Cage. Now that Luke Cage is a household name, I just sit back in my chair and laugh and laugh.”

In keeping with the tone of the Netflix shows, which, of course, are based on the gray worlds of the heroes’ stories, Defenders sees the group banding to take on the various criminal empires vying for dominance in New York City and the neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen.