The Orville, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s sci-fi comedy series, will premiere in December 2018 after being renewed for a second season, despite not being successful in critical circles.
With the aim of filling a gap that Star Trek left behind, The Orville’s first season became FOX’s most-watched and highest-rated debut since Empire.
Here’s everything you need to know about The Orville Season 2, The Orville cast, how to watch The Orville and whether or not there will be a Family Guy crossover.
This picture was taken at the FOX Networks 2018 Upfront held at Wollman Rink in Central Park in New York City and shows the cast of The Orville
The Orville is a sci-fi comedy series created by and also stars Family Guy’s Seth MacFarlane as Ed Mercer, an officer in a space vessel in what is called the ‘Planetary Union’.
The show follows Ed as his career takes a downturn following his divorce and later discovers that his ex-wife, Kelly Grayson, played by Adrianne Palicki, has been assigned as his First Officer.
Inspired by Star Trek, FOX renewed The Orville for a second season back in November 2018 and the first episode will be on television screens at the end of December.
In addition to Seth MacFarlane as Ed Mercer and Adrianne Palicki as Kelly Grayson, original cast members such as Penny Johnson Jerald, Scott Grimes, Peter Macon, Halston Sage, J Lee and Mark Jackson are all expected to return to the show.
Norm Macdonald, Victor Garber, Chad Coleman and Rachael MacFarlane as the voice of the USS Orville’s computer will also be returning.
The Orville is a show created by Seth MacFarlane, most famous for his animated comedy Family Guy (pictured above)
Guest stars, however, have not been confirmed but we are sure to be in for a treat with the likes of Liam Neeson and Charlize Theron being featured in Season 1.
Gossip Girl star Jessica Szohr will also be joining The Orville cast as a regular cast member in Season 2 as well as Chris Johnson of 47 Meters Down.
The Orville fans will know that Season 1 was cut short by one episode from 13 to 12 and the last episode is expected to be aired with the second season, semi-confirmed by MacFarlane who has promised ‘at least’ 14 episodes.
‘I’d rather do fewer episodes and have them be better content-wise than do 22 and have them be filler,’ he explained according to Digital Spy.
Seth went on to say that he wants to include more science fiction, similar to what was seen in the episode entitled Into The Fold.
In this Season 1 episode, Dr Claire Finn, played by Penny Johnson Jerald and Mark Jackson as Isaac were trapped on a planet alone. ‘It was a very dark, sombre episode that still lived in that world very successfully.
‘That episode for me in the first season was the real test of how far we can take the genuine science-fiction aspect of it.
‘What we found was that we can lean a little more heavier into the science fiction and not have to worry so much about knocking out a joke every page.
‘The show is an hour and really can, and wants to, service its storytelling in a way that makes it a priority. The jokes come as they come, the comedy comes as it comes,’ Seth said.
The Orville Season 2 will not include a Family Guy crossover and Seth MacFarlane confirmed this news in a tweet.
To correct a bit of misreporting: No, there won’t be an Orville/Family Guy crossover, and yes, The Orville season 2 will arrive later this year.
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) January 7, 2018
After speculation that The Orville would not air until 2019, it has been confirmed that Season 2 will start on December 30, 2018 and continue into the new year on FOX.