New home. New missions. The Orville: New Horizons arrives March 10, 2022.
Seth MacFarlane’s Star Trek spoof, “The Orville” was intended to be a comedy when it came out originally and had some great laughs. However it also dealt with important issues like discrimination, race relations, and sexual identities through the filter of science fiction. Some might say they did an even better job than the new Star Trek shows on Paramount plus.
When COVID-19 hit MacFarlane had to shelve the popular sci-fi series and many fan thoughts we would never see the crew of the Orville again. To make the announcement, Hulu dropped a brief teaser online that doesn’t show any new footage, but does remind us of the events that took place at the end of Season 2, way back in April 2019 — if you remember there was time-travel tomfoolery, alt-universe escapades and a Kaylon army to deal with.
Space.com was able to visit the set of “The Orville” in January of 2020 and even though they can’t reveal anything, expect some impressive modifications to the interior of the USS Orville.
The whole cast is set to return with MacFarlane as Capt. Ed Mercer, Adrianne Palicki (Cmdr. Kelly Grayson), Penny Johnson (Dr. Claire Finn), Scott Grimes (Lt. Gordon Malloy), Peter Macon (Lt. Cmdr. Bortus) J. Lee (Lt. Cmdr. John LaMarr) Mark Jackson (Isaac), Jessica Szohr (Lt. Talla Keyali) and the late, great Norm MacDonald, who voiced Yaphet.
The show originally aired on Fox but will move to Hulu next season as a result of Disney’s buyout of 20th Century Fox in 2019. Disney owns both former Fox properties including “The Orville” and Hulu, so it makes sense that a popular show like this would move to its streaming service. There’s no official confirmation yet, but IMDb lists 11 episodes for the third season.
Seasons 1 and 2 of “The Orville” can be watched on-demand on Hulu.com and the Hulu app in the US. They are also available to buy on DVD and a season pass can also be purchased from Amazon.