What are they filming in front of the Oviatt Library?

space ship on the oviatt lawn with many people surrounding it
A prop for "The Orville" on the Oviatt Lawn Photo credit: Brandon Ilano

Filiming for The Orville, a TV show on FOX, is taking place in front of the Oviatt Library. The show stars Seth McFarlane and is a science-fiction comedy series that takes place in space. That explains the spaceship and considerable amounts of film equipment on the right side of the Oviatt lawn.

_MG_8106_EDIT2 copy.jpg
Seth MacFarlane, who stars as Ed Mercer in "The Orville", while filming a scene in front of the Oviatt. Photo credit: Clare Calzada