Over the course of its first three seasons, The Orville has evolved from a Star Trek spoof to one of the greatest science fiction series on television in quite some time. And all during a significant network shift.
What is next for the crew of the spacecraft USS Orville now that the third season, dubbed “New Horizons,” has concluded?
According to creator Seth MacFarlane, there is a 50/50 possibility that the series will be renewed for a fourth season despite the absence of an official announcement.
MacFarlane told TVLine, “My goal is that when the program debuts on Disney+, those who have not yet found it will give it a try.” This might be a game-changer for us.
Here’s all you need to know about upcoming episodes of The Orville on Hulu and Disney+, assuming you’re all now rewatching the show to increase its chances of getting a fourth season.
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The Orville season 4 Expected release date
Season four of The Orville has not yet begun production, but if a renewal is granted shortly, new episodes might debut as early as 2024. Remember that MacFarlane is a busy man with all of his other series, and given the financial requirements, production may take longer than the normal 12 to 18 months.
The Orville season 4 Expected Cast
If The Orville continues on another mission, expect the bulk of the following cast members to return for season four:
• Seth MacFarlane as Captain Edward “Ed” Mercer
• Adrianne Palicki as Commander Kelly Grayson
• Penny Johnson Jerald as Dr Claire Finn
• Scott Grimes as Lieutenant Gordon Malloy
• Peter Macon as Lieutenant Commander Bortus
• J Lee as Lieutenant Commander John LaMarr
• Mark Jackson as Isaac
• Jessica Szohr as Lieutenant Commander Talla Keyali
• Giorgia Whigham as Lysella
Anne Winters portrays Ensign Charly Burke, a crew member who will not be returning anytime soon. She sacrificed herself to save Kaylon’s emissary Isaac in the season three finale, therefore she is essentially dead until flashbacks come into play.
The Orville season 4 Expected Plot
In many respects, the season three finale, dubbed “Future Unknown,” is a fitting conclusion to the series. There, many of the major storylines are addressed, including the Kaylon conflict and Claire’s marriage to Isaac, giving Season 3 a feeling of closure.
However, there is always room for additional adventures if the USS Orville decides to explore the unknown once again. In any case, it seems as though Lysella’s voyage aboard the ship has only begun now that she has joined the crew.
The Orville creator Seth MacFarlane revealed to Decider after the finale aired why there is a possibility for further episodes if enough people view it on Disney+:
“When people finally give the program a chance and sit down to watch it, they are nearly always astonished and taken aback. “Oh my goodness, this is the exact opposite of what I anticipated… in a wonderful way!” he said. “And I believe that if we can convince enough people to give us a chance, we will be rewarded with a fourth season and even beyond.
“So it’s really up to the audience,” added MacFarlane. Because it is an enterprise. The program is expensive to create, thus it must justify its own existence by viewing and fan excitement. Hopefully, Disney+ will provide us with this opportunity.”
If it doesn’t work, then perhaps some Orville crew members will switch over to American Dad. Both programs were developed by MacFarlane, after all, and American Dad showrunner Matt Weitzman just addressed this same problem at Comic-Con.
“We’re considering recruiting Scott Grimes for the program,” he said, referring to the actor’s appearance on both shows. Mike Henry, who appears on the program, is a recurring character on our program.
Weitzman said, “I’m not necessarily seeking to do that.” “Basically, whatever works. We will not actively seek that, but if it works, it works.”
The Orville trailer for season 4
When new footage from The Orville season four comes out, you can be sure that Digital Spy will share it with you all as soon as it’s ready.
The third season of The Orville is available on Hulu in the US. You can watch it in the UK on STAR on Disney+.