Good news and bad news for those who have been waiting for The Orville season 3. The good news is that Seth MacFarlane is still hard at work on getting the third season of his sci-fi comedy off the ground, with the creator assuring that it has not been canceled. It is moving from Fox to Hulu, but not canceled. Be that as it may, it is still going to be a while before the show returns as it has been hit with a major delay, much like many other productions have been in 2020.
The creator behind Family Guy and American Dad recently participated in an Instagram chat with Jessica Szohr, who plays Talla Keyali on The Orville. During the conversation, the subject of season 3 came up. Seth MacFarlane couldn't dish much in the way of specific details but confirmed that they are hard at work. Here's what he had to say about it.
"All I can say is we're working on it. We're working very hard. We got hit by this [delay] just like everyone else, but we are working on it."
Most of the scripts for season 3 have been written. Talla Keyali responded to the comments saying, "We were, like, pushing through the middle of the season, scripts were banging out, gas pedal down, and then it was like, 'Halt!'" Macfarlane assured fans that they will be back to work soon. The problem is, logistically, figuring out how that can be accomplished while keeping the cast and crew safe under current conditions.
"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. Right now it's just about the logistics of how we do it, in this climate, while keeping everyone safe. 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. Once we have those protocols figured out, we will start up again and you will get more Orville."
The Orville originally aired on Fox with its first season debuting in 2017. Season 2 wrapped up its run back in April 2019. As of this writing, it has been 17 months since the show has been on the air. That means, at very best, we are looking at a full two-year gap between seasons.
Seth MacFarlane remains extremely busy. Aside from this, Family Guy was just renewed for two more seasons on Fox. He also has an adaptation of The Winds of War by author Herman Wouk. MacFarlane is also a producer on Hulu's Books of Blood, which is an adaptation of the Clive Barker novel series of the same name. You can check out the full conversation from Jessica Szohr's Instagram.