More adventures are coming for the crew of the U.S.S. Orville. Fox has renewed The Orville, the space adventure series created by and starring Seth MacFarlane, for a second season. It was announced today by Michael Thorn, the network’s entertainment president.
“Once again Seth has struck a powerful chord with viewers,” said Thorn. “He has delivered a series full of optimism, drama and his trademark humor. We want to thank him and the rest of the talented cast, as well as the producers and crew, for an incredible first season. We can’t wait to see where The Orville travels in the second.”
The are no details yet regarding the number of episodes for the second season but there is a possibility that it will be 13 again, just like the first. Given the production logistics of the show mainly due to the visual effects, the renewal has to be done early.
With more than 14 million viewers across platforms, The Orville‘s series premiere marks Fox’s most watched and highest-rated series launch since the 2015 debut of Empire. The Orville ranks among the Top Three new dramas of the Fall season, averaging a 2.5/9 Live + 7 Day rating, a +67% lift from Live + Same Day, and more than 10 million multi-platform viewers, +108% vs. Live + Same Day.
Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald, Scott Grimes, Peter Macon, Halston Sage, J. Lee, Mark Jackson, and Chad L. Coleman co-star in the series. MacFarlane, Brannon Braga (Terra Nova), David A. Goodman (Family Guy), Jason Clark (Ted) and Liz Heldens (Mercy) serve as executive producers of the series. Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book) directed the series premiere episode. The series is produced by 20th Century Fox Television.
The Orville airs every Thursday at 9:00pm ET/PT on Fox, right after Gotham. In the all-new episode titled “Into the Fold”, Ed (MacFarlane) and the crew set out to save Dr. Finn (Jerald), her two sons (guest stars Kai Wener and BJ Tanner) and Isaac (Jackson) after their shuttle gets thrown into uncharted space and they crash-land on a moon that is light years from The Orville.