Fans of The Orville—Seth MacFarlane’s homage to Star Trek: The Next Generation—have been waiting for updates on the future of the series since the season two finale aired two weeks ago. Today brings the good news that the USS Orville will continue its adventures.
The Orville will be back for a third season
The Hollywood trades (including Deadline and Variety) are reporting that the Fox Network has officially renewed The Orville for a third season. This was generally expected as the show had solid ratings in its second season, especially in on demand and delayed viewing. Another strong indication was that 20th Century Fox Television had already secured $15.8 million in California tax credits for the third season, which was the most of any other show, including CBS’ Picard series which garnered $15.6 million. Still, there was some anxiety for fans as Fox had already announced renewals of some of their other shows before heading into their 2019/2020 season upfronts presentation on Monday, May 13.
As of now, there are no details on when the third season will debut, but due to production realities, it is highly unlikely it will arrive this fall. The second season of The Orville was a mid-season show for Fox, premiering this past December. It’s possible more details on when to expect season 3 will emerge from Fox’s Monday upfront presentation.
The announcement had no details on the plot or cast for the show, but it is likely that all the series regulars will be returning. In his recent interview with TrekMovie, executive producer David A. Goodman confirmed that the alternative universe seen in the second season finale had been erased and “all is back to where it was.” He also said he didn’t expect the episodic format of the show to change in a possible third season, but he added “now we have shown that we can do a deeper dive in the Union, into the aliens, into our characters.” Goodman also said he didn’t expect Halston Sage (who left the show early in the second season) to return as a series regular, but that they would look to find ways to bring her back as a guest in season three, as she did in the season two finale.
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