It’s been pretty quiet for The Orville since the third season ended last summer. The show has remained in limbo, but star and creator Seth MacFarlane is expressing optimism about the future of his homage to Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Season 4 hopes from MacFarlane… and Chad Coleman
The latest update on The Orville comes from Seth MacFarlane himself via Twitter on Monday. Responding to a fan asking if there was any news on a renewal, MacFarlane said he was “cautiously optimistic,” but he pointed out the streaming television business is going through “upheaval and transition” at this moment, so there is no definitive answer.
MacFarlane was a bit more cautious than actor Chad Coleman (Klyden) who last week told Cinemablend, “We think it’s gonna happen, but it’s still up in the air.” Together, these comments are certainly more hopeful than the Hulu executive in January who simply reconfirmed no decision has been made yet about the future of the show.
In his interview last week, Chad Coleman said MacFarlane had “an amazing relationship” that included “promising meetings” with Disney co-chairman Dana Walden, who oversees entertainment for the corporation. But as noted by MacFarlane, Hulu, which is controlled by Disney, is dealing with the same market forces impacting Paramount and Star Trek. In fact, things are even more complicated as Disney is considering divesting itself from Hulu, which is currently partially owned by Comcast.
The industry is in the midst of a time of upheaval and transition. I wish I could provide a definitive answer to your question. At the moment, all I can say is that I remain… cautiously optimistic. 🚀 https://t.co/DIsZWBJFga
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) March 20, 2023
NASA honors Orville’s crew
The Orville is getting a bit of a boost from real-life space professionals. NASA’s Research Opportunities In Earth And Space Sciences report for 2023 uses members of the crew of the USS Orville as examples, including Ed Mercer, Kelly Grayson, Claire Finn, Alara Kitan, and Bortus. The Orville editor and producer Tom Costantino shared images from the NASA report on Twitter.
— Tom Costantino (@TomCostantino) February 25, 2023
The Orville: New Horizons soundtrack available
Disney’s Hollywood Records has released the soundtrack for The Orville: New Horizons. The digital album features selections of the original music from the third season of the show composed by Joel McNeely, John Debney, Andrew Cottee, and Kevin Kaska along with the new main title and end theme by Bruce Broughton. Also included are songs from season three performed by series star Scott Grimes.
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