The second season of The Orville started production a few weeks ago and social media has allowed cast and crew a chance to tease the public with their progress. They haven’t dropped any major spoilers, but we have found out a few things about what is coming.
Robert Picardo returns to The Orville
Star Trek: Voyager veteran Robert Picardo, who plays security chief Alara Kitan’s father Ildis Kitan, is back shooting scenes for season 2. This was revealed in a tweet by creator Seth MacFarlane yesterday, thanking the cast and crew.
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) March 14, 2018
From an Instagram video by star J. Lee we saw that episode 2 of the season is titled “Home” and is written by Cherry Chevapravatdumrong, who also wrote “Firestorm” in season 1, which introduced us to Alara’s parents. So it seems likely that “Home” will feature Alara’s parents, given the episode title, we assume the crew of the Orville will be visiting Alara’s home planet of Xelaya.
Jessica Szohr’s character is probably an alien
As we covered last month, actress Jessica Szohr was added to the cast for season 2. So far, no details of her character have been announced, not even her name. However, thanks to an Instagram Story video, we can see Szohr getting the full green goo lifecast treatment, so the makeup artists can create a custom fit alien makeup appliance.
Neil deGrasse Tyson visits set
Well-known astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson recently stopped by The Orville set. He was likely on the Fox lot working on the upcoming season of Cosmos, titled Cosmos: Possible Worlds. Seth MacFarlane was instrumental in getting Cosmos revived and is an executive producer, along with Brannon Braga. Actor Mike Henry (Dann) shared a picture of himself with the Tyson on the bridge set.
Tyson also shared a video of Henry as Dann, showing off his Cleveland Brown voice.
Apparently, after his show ended, @FOXTV’s Cleveland went into Space. He now plays an actor named Mike Henry, who plays an alien named Dann on @TheOrville. (https://t.co/FF5GXoVQ2P) pic.twitter.com/zvTpAY1GVt
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) March 1, 2018
Mysterious “legendary” guest alien teased
Once again an Instagram Story video from cast member J. Lee gives us a tease of someone in horned alien make up. The caption floating by says the mystery person is a “legend.” We’re not sure what that means, it could be someone from the comedy or sci-fi realm of entertainment.
New costumes and props
In yet another video posted on Instagram (and shared on Twitter) shows Scott Grimes (Gordon) wearing a different kind of jacket. It’s not clear if this is just for an episode, or possibly a Planetary Union uniform variant, possibly a dress uniform given the fancy bling on it.
— mayra rivera (@mothermayra) March 8, 2018
And in a different post from J. Lee on Instagram, we can see Scott Grimes showing off a new rifle:
More behind-the-scenes tidbits from social media
Praise from the boss:
Wrap on week 1 of #theorville season 2 – what an amazing, first-rate cast and crew — Most talented bunch in town & I’m lucky to be working with ‘em
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) March 3, 2018
Real shuttles have wheels, and a fresh paint job:
— Scott Grimes (@ScottGrimes) March 10, 2018
— Kai Wener (@KaiWener) March 14, 2018
A running gag in season 1 was that Bortus liked to sing, but we never heard him, something always happened to interrupt him. Bortus’ husband Klyden is played by actor Chad Coleman, who has taken to Instagram to serenade folks, we still don’t know about Bortus, but it sure seems like Klyden has the pipes for a USS Orville karaoke night.
The Orville will return for Season 2 this Fall on Fox.
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