Disney is moving “The Orville” from FOX to Hulu. Now that Disney owns both properties, the change is more on the consumer end, but fans will want to make a note before season 3 starts. Seth MacFarlane made the announcement during the show’s Comic-Con panel on Saturday, and the move seems to be better for everyone involved. Both seasons were already available on Hulu before the move, but the change will give FOX an open slot on the schedule down the line and help the show’s creative team when special-effects and post-production take longer than expected.
“‘The Orville’ has been a labor of love for me, and there are two companies which have supported that vision in a big way: 20th Century Fox Television, where I’ve had a deal since the start of my career, and Fox Broadcasting Company, now Fox Entertainment, which has been my broadcast home for over 20 years,” MacFarlane said in a statement on Saturday. He continued, “My friends at the network understood what I was trying to do with this series, and they’ve done a spectacular job of marketing, launching and programming it for these past two seasons. But as the show has evolved and become more ambitious production-wise, I determined that I would not be able to deliver episodes until 2020, which would be challenging for the network.”
MacFarlane explained the need for flexibility, adding, “So we began to discuss how best to support the third season in a way that worked for the show. It’s exactly this kind of willingness to accommodate a show’s creative needs that’s made me want to stick around for so long. I am hugely indebted to Charlie Collier and Fox Entertainment for their generosity and look forward to developing future projects there. And to my new friends at Hulu, I look forward to our new partnership exploring the galaxy together.”
The show is set 400 years in the future and follows The U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory spaceship. Its crew, both human and alien, face the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the problems of everyday life.
In season two, the ship’s crew meet new aliens and face old adversaries named the Krill. They also make first contact with a new civilization and revisit the planet Moclus. ED (MacFarlane) and KELLY’s (Adrianne Palicki) relationship also takes a new turn, and the new season expands on the crew and their adventures.
The stars MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald, Scott Grimes, Peter Macon, Halston Sage, J Lee, Mark Jackson, Chad L. Coleman, and Jessica Szohr.
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