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Less humour for The Orville Season 2? So says Seth MacFarlane

January 10th, 2018 by Irwin Fletcher Comments

So, we loved The Orville Season 1.

Seriously, many of us here at FTN couldn’t warm to Star Trek: Discovery and instead found their Trek hit in Seth MacFarlane’s sci-fi comedy/drama.

However, while we loved the humour in the show (which wasn’t the Family Guy-esque laugh fest we expected), it seems that next year it could be be more drama, less chuckles if creator/star MacFarlane is to be believed.

During the TCA press tour MacFarlane revealed some new details on the show’s return.

Firstly, the season will have 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.” Fair enough.

He also shot down any hopes that we’d see the show return this year, saying that “there’s too much to do”. Therefore it looks like a 2019 return.

However, the news that got us talking the most was that he also hinted it’ll be a different tone this time out: “Tone was the biggest experimental part of [the first season]. 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.”

Going on and stressing how they aren’t relying on the humour, he added: “One of the really successful episodes to me in the first season was the one where Claire and Isaac are trapped on that planet alone. It was a very dark, kind of somber episode that still lived in that world very successfully. That episode for me in the first season was a real test of how far we can take the genuine science fiction aspect to it.”

And that’s all we have for now.

What say you all? Would you like less giggles more drama in season 2? Let us know…

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