The Orville Season 3 Updates: We haven’t seen the cast of The Orville in nearly three years, but Seth McFarlane’s sci-fi comedy-drama series will be back in no time with a new adventure featuring some familiar (and new) faces.
That’s right, Season 3 of The Orville is just around the corner, and we’ll soon be soaring through space like it’s been a bizarre dream for the previous few years.
When The Orville: New Horizons returns, however, several things will be changing, including the flashy subtitle, a new home on Hulu, and a whole lot more. Let’s go through everything we’ve learned so far in depth.
All About The Orville Season 3
The Orville: New Horizons will, like any other show returning for a new season, feature a number of new characters.
Anne Winters had joined as a series regular named Ensign Charly Burke, as had guest stars Bruce Boxleitner as President Alcuzan and the late Lisa Banes as Senator Balask, when the next season was announced by TVLine in December 2021. As the return of The Orville approaches, expect to hear more about other cast members.
Although no plot specifics for The Orville: New Horizons have been published, the program appears to be following the same path as the past two seasons.
The Orville’s crew will be “continuing their mission of discovery, as they traverse both the wonders of the cosmos and the intricacies of their own interpersonal relationships,” according to Hulu’s announcement of the new name and premiere date for the space comedy-drama series.
We should expect even more on New Horizons, given that the series’ first two seasons had some insane moments in terms of space travel and interpersonal interactions.The first and second seasons of The Orville each had 12 and 14 episodes. And, contrary to popular belief, Season 3 of The Orville will not contain 16 episodes.
Executive producer Jon Cassar said that New Horizons will only have 11 episodes back in October 2019, when the show was planned to premiere on Hulu in 2020. Sure, we’ll get one to three fewer episodes this time, but they’ll all be about 10 minutes longer than before. We’ll get around the same amount of time as the first two seasons, which averaged around 45 minutes every episode.
Seth MacFarlane and Jon Cassar wasted little time in getting The Orville Season 3 up and running, beginning production in October 2019, just a few months after the series was relocated to Hulu.
Things were going well for a while, until the production (along with virtually every other film and TV shot throughout the world) came to a halt in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 epidemic, at which point about half of the shoot had been finished, according to Deadline.