At a Television Critics Association event today, the FX cable channel announced they had ordered a pilot for a comedy series that sounds like a parody of Star Trek. The new show called "Alabama" will be set on a starship in the future and comes from the team behind Reno 911. More details below.
Laughs in space
News of the new comedy pilot Alabama comes from the Hollywood Reporter Live Feed blog which calls the show an "unofficial Star Trek parody". The show is described thusly by THR & FX:
Set a thousand years in the future, "Alabama" follows the crew of the space ship USS Alabama as they continue a seven-year mission to maintain interplanetary peace.
The show will follow the heart-pounding action as our crew visits hostile planets, meets alien life-forms, and tries to have sex with each other in their tiny, metal bunk beds
Alabama was created by Reno 911 actors Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant. Like that cop show parody, Alabama would be part-scripted and part-improvised.
Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon from "Reno 911" movie — now working on "Alabama" a sci-fi comedy that sounds like a Star Trek parody
This is actually not the first time that the Fox Corp has tried to make a Star Trek parody. In 2008 Fox began development the pilot Boldly Going Nowhere from the team behind the FX series Always Sunny in Philadelphia. That show was targeted for the main Fox broadcasting channel but was never picked up. Hopefully this time they get it right, and it may be easier to get a pick up on the FX cable channel which requires less ratings and gives more flexibility for the humor.