Today Fox announced that Seth MacFarlane’s space adventure series The Orville has been renewed for a second season. Fox Entertainment President Michael Thorn said in a statement “Once again Seth has struck a powerful chord with viewers. He has delivered a series full of optimism, drama and his trademark humor. We want to thank him and the rest of the talented cast, as well as the producers and crew, for an incredible first season. We can’t wait to see where The Orville travels in the second.”
Fox is also touting how The Orville’s premiere reached over 14 million viewers across various platforms, making it the network’s most watched and highest-rated series launch since the 2015 debut of Empire. According to Fox, The Orville ranks among the top three new dramas for the fall season “with an average 2.5/9 Live + 7 Day rating, a +67% lift from Live + Same Day, and more than 10 million multi-platform viewers, +108% vs. Live + Same Day.”
Many Star Trek fans (including the TrekMovie team) have embraced The Orville as it has delivered on MacFarlane’s promise to create an homage to the Trek franchise, and especially to the look and narrative style of The Next Generation. To accomplish this MacFarlane brought in a number of Trek vets including writer/executive producers Brannon Braga and David A. Goodman, directors Jonathan Frakes, Robert Duncan McNeill, and James L. Conway, and cinematographer Marvin Rush.
MacFarlane thanked fans for their support following the announcement.
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) November 2, 2017
New episode tonight
Airing tonight is a new episode (“Into the Fold”). Here is a synopsis:
Ed (MacFarlane) and the crew set out to save Dr. Finn (Penny Johnson Jerald), her two sons (guest stars Kai Wener and BJ Tanner) and Isaac (Mark Jackson) after their shuttle gets thrown into uncharted space and they crash-land on a moon that is light years from The Orville.
And here is the trailer:
Orville lands in UK in December
The wait is over for the UK as The Orville is set to premiere on the Fox UK channel on Thursday, December 14th. The announcement was made via Twitter, earlier this week.
— FOX TV UK (@FOXtvUK) October 30, 2017