It’s been over two years since The Orville – Seth MacFarlane’s homage to Star Trek: The Next Generation – closed out its second season. And now the third season has taken a big step forward.
That’s a wrap
MacFarlane made it official late Tuesday night that he had finally wrapped production on season three. On Twitter, the creator, star, and showrunner of the sci-fi series thanked his cast and crew for their “tireless and brilliant work.” He also offered some hope that there will be more adventures for the crew of the USS Orville, saying he hoped “this is not the last time we all go to space.”
And that is a wrap on season 3 of The Orville! Thank you to our incredible cast and crew for all their tireless and brilliant work, and I sincerely hope this is not the last time we all go to space. #TheOrville
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) August 11, 2021
The long road to season 3
Filming on season three originally began in October of 2019, after the series moved to Hulu from Fox, however, production shut down in March 2020 when all of Hollywood went on lockdown due to the pandemic. Production started up again in December 2020 with hopes to finish by April, but the show experienced some delays, primarily due to COVID protocols.
Speaking to Variety last week Hulu’s head of scripted content Jordan Helman, said:
The Orville cuts are starting to come in. I don’t have a launch date to share with you yet. That project was impacted by COVID, as were all projects shooting last year. And so it’s taken a little bit of time to get on air. But what we’ve seen as far as, it’s really, really good.
Originally planned for eleven episodes, the season has been shortened to ten episodes. However, the runtime for each episode will be longer than when the show was broadcast on Fox. This is one of the advantages of moving to a streaming service that producers are taking advantage of.
Another impact on filming has been a shift in scale for the show. As executive producer David Goodman told TrekMovie, season three is “…going all the way. This season looks big, great stories.” And executive producer Brannon Braga told TrekMovie, the new season is “so much more ambitious even in its scope, in comparison to the first two seasons.”
Season 3 coming soon-ish… with hints of a season 4
As of now, there is no announced release date for season three, but post-production has been underway for some time. In an interview last week with Deadline Helman said: “I can’t share a launch date, but we’re really excited about what we’ve seen thus far.” Of the new season, Helman said:
I believe the fans of the show that are coming to us from Fox will be deeply excited and satiated. I also think for new fans that maybe didn’t experience it, it will feel new to them.
And it isn’t just Seth who is hinting there may be more The Orville to come after season three. When asked about another season, Helman teased a possible fourth season to Deadline, coyly saying that the “future of the show remains an open conversation and there have been no conversations otherwise.”
Countdown to production wrap
In the weeks leading up to the official wrap announcement MacFarlane, members of the cast, and co-producer/editor Tom Constatino have become more lively on social media, dropping hints they were in the home stretch of filming.
Another season of @TheOrville is in the books & that’s a wrap for me! Thank you Mr. @macfarlaneseth for this amazing opportunity to once again go into space with you & the entire crew. I can’t even explain what this entire journey meant to me! #theorville #hulu #disney #TyFinn pic.twitter.com/cwv2HongcD
— Kai Wener (@KaiWener) July 16, 2021
It’s a sign. It’s a new sign. It’s a new sign on a new set. It’s a new sign on a new set, with a 📸 taken by SMF, who signed off on posting it. #TheOrville #S3 🎬🎥🪐 https://t.co/nPIzkPALHq pic.twitter.com/afhrs8Uze9
— Tom Costantino (@TomCostantino) July 27, 2021
— Tom Costantino (@TomCostantino) August 5, 2021
— Tom Costantino (@TomCostantino) August 10, 2021
✌️out SpAcE it’s been unreal. Heading back to Earth for a minute! 💫 🚀 🌍 👽 pic.twitter.com/clPYF5GTj2
— Jessica Szohr (@jessicaszohr) August 10, 2021
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) August 10, 2021
And on Tuesday night, Costantino joined MacFarlane in announcing the end of production, along with sharing the last clapperboard for season three.
— Tom Costantino (@TomCostantino) August 11, 2021
We will have more coverage on season three of The Orville coming soon.
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