The comedic sci-fi adventure will return next season.
November 2, 2017
Fox announced today that The Orville will be returning for a second season. Created by Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane, the hour-long space dramedy premiered in early September and is off to a strong start for the network through seven episodes.
The show got a nice push for its premiere, with its first two episodes airing in a special Sunday slot following heavily-viewed NFL games. Its subsequent move to its regular Thursday night time slot saw an inevitable drop in viewership, but it has remained a solid performer, with its last two episodes experiencing week-over-week ratings growth after hitting a season-low three weeks ago.
Taking inspiration from Star Trek, The Orville takes place 400 years in the future, when Earth is just a small part of an advanced and mostly-peaceful Planetary Union. The U.S.S. Orville is a mid-level exploratory vessel with a human and alien crew led by rookie officer Ed Mercer, who is played by MacFarlane. Determined to prove his worth despite his First Officer being his ex-wife, Ed leads his crew as they face the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar workplace problems.
The show has six episodes remaining in its 13-episode first season, with a new episode airing tonight. As for Season 2, no details are known on episode count but look for a return in the fall.
04/14/18 at 06:12pm
Love The Orville, so happy to see it renewed, may it live long and prosper! I find the true to life crew a refreshing change from the dramatic overbloated heroes found in what passes for modern science fiction today. Mind that as a huge comic book geek I watch them all; but Seth's tamer adult SF show is welcome respite from the tension filled reality news shows.
02/05/18 at 12:06pm
Great show. Seemingly require intelligence to watch as it's humour isn't apparently for the stupid.
12/06/17 at 11:50am
Another turd show I can't believe FOX hasn't cancelled. Just because McFarrlan has a hit with Family Guy doesn't mean they need to keep this very very very poor mans Star Trek alive.
11/29/17 at 04:22pm
@Petey Just because you don't like it, doesn't mean they should cancel it. Go f*** yourself. What a bore.
11/19/17 at 06:43am
Different Networks, This is Fox, that was CBS. Fox could not save Me Myself and I, and CBS could not cancel this.
11/18/17 at 05:25pm
The thing I don't get with fox is why they cancel koth and it had 5 million viewers it had enough with more seasons why would they cancel it but this crap Bob burgers gets the lowest like barely 2 millions and gets renewed the Cleveland show which had higher ratings than Bob burgers gets cancelled and it had 2 million viewers which is higher than Bob burgers it could of got renewed I think reason fox cancel it because Cleveland was a different race it had enough to a least get a renewal from another network with one more season the tcs was on its 4 season started to be in for a while and establishing a good run why did fox cancel it was getting parodies of making of fun of stuff because it was getting rewarded for being on for a good 4 yrs and why the neck is he back on fg no point he barely gets any lines it's no point and they cancel futurama which had big good ratings because didn t want to buy the episodes why have a history of canceling show for dumb reasons if you people like the Orville it's fine I glad Seth is doing a show where it's no family guy clones it's good Seth is making money a positive but the Orville is the worst show cancel it we should do a fanbade so we can bring back tcs Seth MacFarlane is a genius but the Orville is bad tcs not deserve to be cancel it enough ratings to get picked up
11/18/17 at 11:46am
So this garbage gets renewed but Me, Myself and I doesn't? What a crock of bull Crap!
11/15/17 at 06:02am
What? Its just a paraody of an actually good show
11/13/17 at 09:36am
60's America Russians bad / TOS fought Klingons
90's America Russians not so bad / TNG worked with Klingons
10's America Russians not so good / Discovery fights Klingons
Some people need the Klingons to be speaking Russian to get the obvious.
11/12/17 at 01:56pm
@Thomas. 1. NATO was the federation the USA created to counter act the Soviet Union (USSR) and its Warsaw Pact. The US is a federation of states, but it was not formed to combat Russia, and individual states did not directly participate in any actions undertaking the US (Federal Government) during that time frame or since. 2. The original Star Trek had a racially and ethnically mixed crew including a Russian, so I doubt Roddenberry would base an enemy on Russia. One of Star Trek's biggest and most common messages was that himanity needed to unite and also be ready to unite with any alien allies to protect against unfriendly alien races looking to harm Earth and its inhabitants. In Star Trak NSG, Klingons became allies under the auspices of Roddenberry.
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