The Orville cast took to the stage at San Diego Comic-Con last night for an exciting panel with their fans. Seth MacFarlane, writer and creator of The Orville, announced that the show will move from Fox to Hulu in 2020 with new episodes.
“The Orville has been a labor of love for me, and there are two companies which have supported that vision in a big way: 20th Century Fox Television, where I’ve had a deal since the start of my career, and Fox Broadcasting Company, now Fox Entertainment, which has been my broadcast home for over 20 years,” MacFarlane said. “My friends at the network understood what I was trying to do with this series, and they’ve done a spectacular job of marketing, launching and programming it for these past two seasons. But as the show has evolved and become more ambitious production-wise, I determined that I would not be able to deliver episodes until 2020, which would be challenging for the network. So we began to discuss how best to support the third season in a way that worked for the show. It’s exactly this kind of willingness to accommodate a show’s creative needs that’s made me want to stick around for so long. I am hugely indebted to Charlie Collier and Fox Entertainment for their generosity and look forward to developing future projects there. And to my new friends at Hulu, I look forward to our new partnership exploring the galaxy together.”
The Orville follows Ed Mercer (MacFarlane) who receives first command of the U.S.S Orville. Given the outer space setting, the show takes quite an amount of time with its special effects. MacFarlane, himself, is a busy man in charge of two other hit shows of his, Family Guy and American Dad.
The Orville wrapped up its second season back in April. Hulu is currently streaming both seasons for viewers.