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Seth MacFarlane confirms season 3 of The Orville is a priority… but what next?

October 4th, 2020 by Marc Comments

Finally, we have an update on Season 3 of The Orville and it’s good news… hopefully.

The series itself left the air after Season 2 around 18 months ago and has since been renewed for a season 3 and made the jump from FOX to Hulu but that’s all we have really heard since then.

Sure, there’s been rumours that the show was cancelled – one even stated that the sets were to be used on the upcoming Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series – but nothing official, either way, was revealed.

Until now.

In a new interview creator and star Seth MacFarlane, who plays Captain Ed Mercer on the show, has given a new interview with Jessica Szohr, who plays Officer Talla Keyaliabout in the series show (which we have posted below), and has finally given an update on the progress on the new season.

“All I can say is we’re working on it. We’re working very hard. We got hit by this [pandemic] just like everyone else, but we are working on it.

“We were, like, pushing through the middle of the season, scripts were banging out, gas pedal down, and then it was like, ‘Halt!'” he recalls.

While it seems the series has already done some filming, there is still a lot to go, but MacFarlane assures fans: “We will be back soon, folks.”

As for the cancellation rumours, he was sure to say that the series is not cancelled and will definitely return: “There has been a lot of speculation online: Will the show come back? The show is still a huge priority for me and for the cast and everyone else. We do have a season to finish, and we are going to finish it.

“For a show with a lot of prosthetic makeup that requires close contact, a lot of background artists… it’s a big job, and you want to make sure you do it in a way that keeps everyone safe and secure,” he said. “Once we have those protocols figured out, we will start up again and you will get more Orville.”

We have heard rumours that MacFarlane, who has several other and new projects on his to-do list, is no longer keen to continue the show and has suggested that his character be killed off at the end of season 3 for it to continue without him – other rumours suggest season three will simply wrap everything up  – and it is interesting that in the interview MacFarlane does indeed only talk about finishing season 3, with no hint of looking beyond that point.

Is that confirming what we’ve heard? No idea, but, while I love the show and cannot wait for season 3, I’m not currently holding out much hope of the show lasting any longer and I really cannot see it continue without MacFarlane involved.

Or am I wrong? Let me know in all the usual ways, guys.


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Great catching up earlier this month with my friend and creator of @theorville, @macfarlaneseth.

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….