Last month TrekMovie exclusively reported that The Orville was going to restart production in early December. And today Seth MacFarlane’s loving homage to Star Trek: The Next Generation did just that, with cameras rolling on in Los Angeles.
The Orville is back
The Orville shut down on its third season last March when all of Hollywood went on lockdown. News of The Orville returning to production today came from the official social media accounts, showing a clapper board for the first new scene. For the record, it was scene V-24, and it is being directed by The Orville star and showrunner Seth MacFarlane. He and executive producer Jon Cassar are sharing directing duties for the entire third season.
— The Orville (@TheOrville) December 4, 2020
The Orville senior editor and co-producer Tom Costantino also shared an image from the set at Fox Studios where the show is filmed. In this image, you can see crewmembers wearing PPE, as the show is being produced under strict COVID procedures. Even though Los Angeles is under a new lockdown as of this week, film and television productions adhering to restart protocols are exempt from this order.
— Tom Costantino (@TomCostantino) December 4, 2020
Work on season three originally began in October of 2019. They were a bit less than halfway through filming when things shut down in March 2020, and they expect the season will take five or six months to complete. In addition to filming on the Fox lot, The Orville is planning to do more location shooting in Southern California.
More ambitious season coming to Hulu
Season three of The Orville moves the show to the Hulu streaming service. Season three will consist of eleven episodes, each of which will have a longer runtime than episodes from the first two seasons, which aired on Fox Broadcast Network. Episodes are expected to stream weekly. As of now, there is no set start date, but the hope is for season three to debut before the end of 2021.
This upcoming season has been described as “much more ambitious” by executive producer Brannon Braga, who believes it is the “best one” yet for the show. Executive producer David Goodman told TrekMovie over the summer the move to Hulu allows the show “more freedom,” adding:
“This season is a barn burner. Our biggest episode last year, “Identity, Part 2,” would be considered one of the smaller episodes of season three. We’re going all the way. This season looks big, great stories. I am really excited about it. And that’s genuine. We are doing amazing stuff this year.”
UPDATE: More from restart day
Actor Chad Coleman (Bortus) shared a fun brief Instagram video showing how “even Moclans mask up.”
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EP/Director Jon Cassar tweeted an image showing they are back on set and take security seriously.
— Jon Cassar (@joncassar) December 4, 2020
And finally, the man himself chimed in to announce his show Is back in business.
And as of today, @TheOrville is back in production!
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) December 5, 2020
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