It’s been almost two years since the last episode of “The Orville” was released, the show is set 400 years in the future and follows the adventures of The Orville, a mid-level exploratory spaceship. Its crew, both human and alien, face the wonders and dangers of outer space.

The cast includes Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald, Scott Grimes, Peter Macon, J Lee, Mark Jackson, Chad L. Coleman, Jessica Szohr and Anne Winters.

With most shows, after a certain amount of time after the last season was released, there’s usually confirmation that a show has come to a close, but with “The Orville”, things are much less clear.

Recently, Adrianne Palicki, spoke on Michael Rosenbaum’s Inside of You podcast, saying that the future of the show doesn’t look too good and that the show takes a long time to create and was impacted by delays due to the pandemic, which put extra pressure on the actors. Plus, the show’s creator and lead star, Seth MacFarlane, is working on other projects, including “Family Guy” and the prequel series for “Ted”.

But the future of “The Orville” might not yet be completely sealed, since during a recent interview with Seth MacFarlane and Scott Grimes to promote their new series, “Ted” with TVLine, he was asked about the future of “The Orville”.

Scott Grimes said that there had been discussions about a fourth season of “The Orville”, saying:

“right before the strike, it feels like we were going to announce a Season 4. I think it’s a better than good possibility that we get to do this again. This is [Seth’s] little child, he loves to do The Orville, and it’d be a shame if we didn’t get to do one more season. So I would say that I’m optimistic. That’s what I would say.”

Seth went on to add:

“I’m trying to remember what the exact, well-worded politic statement was that Hulu put out… All I can say is the same thing that Hulu said, which is the show is not dead. Nobody has told me that it’s dead from the network, so we’re proceeding under those auspices.”

Hopefully, at some point in the future, it’s possible “The Orville” could come back, but ultimately, it’s an expensive show to create due to all the special effects and to justify those costs, it needs high ratings to make that worthwhile.  But the fact that Disney hasn’t committed either way, leaving the door open for future adventures.   The show might also need to be slightly readjusted if it were to return, to make it cheaper and easier to make, as the third season saw the episode length drastically increased, since they weren’t restricted by a television slot after being moved to Hulu.

You can watch all three seasons of “The Orville” on Disney+ and Hulu now.

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Roger Palmer

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