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I am confident this will be the most surprising season yet. It is not going where you think it is going.Seth MacFarlane[1]
Season 3 is the upcoming season of The Orville on Hulu. The Orville is currently in filming, which began on October 21, 2019 with the season premiere.[2]

While little of the season's plot is known, associate producer and editor Tom Costantino hinted a marked increase in the number of two-part episodes over Season 2,[3] and promised that

Storylines will not be dropped. There will be a continuation of things we care about, characters we care about. Even some things people online have complained about.[4]
Season 3 will have 11 episodes which Hulu will release on a weekly basis.[5] Each episode will have 12 to 15 more minutes of air time than in previous seasons.[6]

Season 3 is expected to increasingly turn to dramatic storytelling and action-based narratives. After fans and critics praised Identity, Pt. 1 and Pt. 2 as some of the show's finest episodes, director Jon Cassar reported that creator Seth MacFarlane "wants to make this year all like that."[5]

The show is slated to return in the year 2020[7][8] and, according to both MacFarlane and Costantino, probably in the autumn.[9][10]

Production Edit

Development of The Orville began only after Season 2 ended and the show was officially renewed. As a result, the show had no production schedule as late as May 2019.[11] Staff met with senior concept designer Lex Cassar on June 6 to begin pre-production for the art department.[12] "If we as an art department don't start planning ahead we could fall behind real quick," Cassar surmised the next day.[13] To meet production and filming demands, Hulu doubled Season 3's production schedule over Season 2.[5]

By August 29, staff commenced construction changes to Stage 15, which houses the majority of The Orville's set.[14]

Writing Edit

During writing production for Season 2 in 2017 and possibly 2018, "a couple" scripts were set aside if the show were renewed for Season 3.[15] Writers initially planned for up to 13 episodes, based on the number of scripts creator Seth MacFarlane believed he could write: "Thirteen episodes in is when I start to come apart.".[9] The final number was reduced to 11.[5]

By early May, the writing staff was authoring scripts for Season 3.[11] Several scripts were sent to the art department by August 14, 2019,[16] and the writing team completed five stories by August 19.[9]

Executive producer David A. Goodman stated that he would like to explore the repercussions of Isaac's decisions in Identity, Pt. 1 and Pt. 2.[17]

In late July, MacFarlane stated that Alara Kitan could make an appearance on the show, but could not say more as writing had not finished. He also left open the possibility of further exploring the planet Xelaya.[18]

On August 9, MacFarlane said that "we are broadening [the Krill species] a bit, so it's not just that... I don't want to give anything away... It's an element that... [sighs] Whenever I write the Krill there's that thing in my head, Are they terrorists, are they us? I can never figure out where they land. They always seem to be a metaphor for something."[9]

On October 6, director Jon Cassar teased "there'll be space battles, there'll definitely be parties, Bortus gets up to the microphone again, half this crew is gonna get really wet- and did I say there'll be parties?"[5]

Changes to the cast Edit

A new regularly recurring member of the cast was announced on November 3, 2019, Anne Winters, who will play Charly Burke.[19]

Changes to the crew Edit

Eric Hayden joined the visual effects department in August 2019 as a visual effects supervisor.[20] Brandon Fayette, digital effects supervisor in Season 2, was made visual effects supervisor.[14] Hillary Wills, formerly an assistant editor, was promoted to editor.[21]

Filming Edit

On May 13, 2019, Costantino said that while a shooting schedule had not been finished,[11] two extra days were added to each episode's schedule.[10]

The cast and crew celebrated Christmas with a party on the night of December 15, 2019, complete with a performance of The Orville's opening theme conducted by Bruce Broughton.[22]

Renewal Edit

Renewal came late in the year for The Orville, several weeks after the conclusion of Season 2. While the cast expressed their hopes for a Season 3[23] and the producers said they were "optimistic,"[24] Fox declined to answer publicly whether the show was renewed or cancelled through the show's entire second season run. At the end of Season 2, ratings analysts were divided whether The Orville would be renewed.[25][26][27]

At the end of April 2019, creator and showrunner Seth MacFarlane said that he had decided before Season 1 aired that if he did not see "growth" by the end of Season 2 then he would end the show,

but it's exceeded my hopes... The audience was with us from day one. I'm reading all these great reviews of the show, which is a relatively new experience for me- these rave reviews, and it does feel good.[28]
The show's producers entered talks with Fox concerning renewal by May.[n 1] MacFarlane's ten-year contract with Fox was set to expire in June 2019, and many suspect the future of The Orville to be a part of negotiations.[29]

By early May, the show's producers possibly entered talks with Fox on renewal.[n 1] At that time, executive producer David A. Goodman commented: "I think the show has been doing well for [Fox]. The studio loves the show. It sells well in foreign sales. So, I am optimistic, but as I often say in this business it is nothing until it is something."[17]

Fox officially announced that The Orville was renewed on May 11, 2019.[30]

Two days later, editor and associate producer Tom Costantino said that the show was never in danger of cancellation: the very late date of renewal was the result of Fox's business interests and not about the show's ratings.[11]

Budget Edit

On December 10, 2018, the state of California approved $15.8 million in tax credits were Fox to renew The Orville for a third season.[31] The write-off was one of the highest of any network television show, and roughly $1 million more than the previous season.

Move to Hulu Edit

On July 20, 2019 during San Diego Comic Con, Seth MacFarlane announced the show would move to Hulu for its third season.[32] Charlie Collier, CEO of 20th Century Fox, said the decision to move the show to Hulu was due to scheduling[33] and executive producer David A. Goodman has said that Fox actively wanted to keep the show in its television lineup, but agreed to release it to Hulu.[5]

In their own study of the switch to Hulu, The Popcast found:

There was a lot of speculation that Disney's takeover of Fox was the real reason or that the show had poor ratings. But the reality was that behind the scenes, things were very friendly. Fox was happy with the show and they wanted it renewed for a third season as well.[34]
The Popcast determined that the change was most likely due to (1) advertising scheduling concerns, (2) Disney's desire for the Fox channel to focus on sports and news, and (3) the show's very large streaming audience, most of whom watched through Hulu.[34]

Despite its late announcement, the move to Hulu seems to have been known to the executive producers as early as April 2019, long before a Season 3 was announced. When asked in an April 25 interview if he could make a show on streaming platforms like Netflix or Hulu, MacFarlane avoided answering the question,

The project dictates what the platform is. ... The Orville is very different from Family Guy in that it doesn't require - I think we have like one broadcast standards note for all of Season 2 [for the episode Primal Urges[35]]. It's just not that kind of show; it goes for something different. The project, and the story, and the tone tell you where it wants to be.[28]
However, the acting cast have said that they did not learn of the move to Hulu until just before walking onto the stage of the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con cast panel.[5]

Preparing to air Edit

2019 San Diego Comic-Con and The Orville Experience Edit

SDCC 2019 The Orville panel

SDCC 2019 The Orville panel

San Diego Comic-Con 2019

The Orville made its third appearance at the San Diego Comic-Con. The event featured a cast panel, "exclusive ... never-before-seen moments of season 2," and a sneak peak at Season 3.[36]

Perhaps the most surprising addition was a museum exhibition titled The Orville Experience, which was free to the general public. The Orville Experience was designed by Seth MacFarlane, associate producer and editor Tom Costantino, visual effects producer Brooke Noska, and senior concept designer Lex Cassar.[37] MacFarlane and Fuzzy Door Productions paid for the Experience largely out-of-pocket.[38] MacFarlane said shortly before opening:

After completing two seasons of The Orville and witnessing the wonderfully gratifying audience response, I decided I wanted to bring something directly to the fans this year — and there’s no better place to do it than San Diego Comic-Con. ... We figured our fans would love to see all of it firsthand, so we pulled together an extensive collection directly from the set....[39]
The exhibition featured the show's original props and artwork, costumes, pieces of the set (such as the infamous hallway of the Orville where an unnamed ensign is ejected from an airlock[40]), and a unique model of the Orville.[41]

San Diego Comic-Con voted The Orville Experience as the best offsite attraction of the year.[42]

2019 New York Comic-Con Edit

The Orville made its second appearance at the New York Comic-Con on October 6, 2019.[5] (The team first attended in Season 1.) Executive producer David A. Goodman held a panel interview with the main cast and director Jon Cassar, joking about past seasons and teasing Season 3.

Science fiction alumni Edit

Between September and October 2019, fan media account Orville Nation organized a number of actors of science-fiction television shows to publicly express interest in roles on The Orville, including Connor Trinneer (Trip Tucker in Star Trek: Enterprise),[43] Corbin Bernsen (Q2 in Star Trek: The Next Generation),[44] Jonathan Frakes,[45] Corin Nemec (Jonas Quinn on Stargate SG-1),[46] and Garrett Wang (Ensign Harry Kim in Star Trek: Voyager).[47]

Frakes, who already directed two episodes of The Orville by that point, said he wished to appear "perhaps in full alien regalia."[45] Wang joked that while he had not yet been asked to perform on the show, if they asked him to play a captain, a "phaser," or a shuttle, "I would be there in a second." (Wang had visited the set in Season 2.)[47] Meanwhile, Nemec already auditioned for a role on the show and was waiting to hear back.[46]

Budget Edit

The Orville did not receive or apply for tax credits from the state of California for production of a Season 4 in the year 2020, sparking rumors that the show would conclude at the close of Season 3.[48] Associate producer and editor Tom Costantino dismissed the rumors, stating the staff were concerned with production of Season 3. The Orville will apply for Season 4 tax credits for the year 2021.[49]

List of episodes Edit

List of episodes
Count Season Episode ID Code Title Airdate Ratings Notes
Summary
027 03 01 S03E01 301
028 03 02 S03E03 302
029 03 03 S03E03 303
030 03 04 S03E04 304
031 03 05 S03E05 305
032 03 06 S03E06 306
033 03 07 S03E07 307
034 03 08 S03E08 308
035 03 09 S03E09 309
036 03 10 S03E10 310
037 03 11 S03E11 311

Notes Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Initially, executive producer David A. Goodman said the show was "beginning talks" with Fox on renewal. Pascale, Anthony. "Interview: David A. Goodman On How ‘The Orville’ Wrapped Up Season Two And Where It Could Go Next". TrekMovie. May 3, 2019. Associate producer Tom Costantino later clarified that communications were not "beginning" per se. /u/tqgibtngo. "David Goodman interview". Reddit. May 4, 2019.

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  2. @TomCostantino. "See ya Monday. @TheOrville @hulu #TheOrville @planetary_union 🚀". Twitter. Oct. 18, 2019.
  3. An Interview with Tom Costantino, Co-Producer of The Orville. Multiverse Tonight. Nov. 6, 2019
  4. (212) Discovering The Orville. Trekzone. Oct. 20, 2019.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 Sun - Main Stage | NYCC 2019 | SYFY WIRE. SyFy Wire. Oct. 6, 2019.
  6. @TomCostantino. "10, try 12-15". Twitter. Oct. 6, 2019.
  7. Rice, Lynette. "See Fox's 2019-20 primetime schedule". Entertainment Weekly. May 13, 2019.
  8. Halterman, Jim. "Fox Fall 2019 Schedule: 'Last Man Standing' & 'Orville' Held to 2020, 'Empire' to End With Season 6". TV Insider. May 13, 2019.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 "Mindscape 58 | Seth MacFarlane on Using Science Fiction to Explore Humanity". Sean Carroll. Aug. 5, 2019.
  10. 10.0 10.1 u/tqgibtngo. "I'm confused. — Reports say Fox indicated a "midseason" 2020 premiere. Doesn't "midseason" traditionally span from January to circa May? Is Fox going for a RUSHED production schedule?". Twitter. May 13, 2019.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 "The Orville Renewed! Season 3 Insider Interview with Tom Costantino". The Popcast. May 13, 2019.
  12. @GoodNaturedVLLN. "I apologize for a lack of a stream yesterday.  The good news is I was busy in an official #TheOrville preproduction meeting.  All I can say is we have some big things coming for season 3. It’s going to be quite the adventure!". Twitter. June 7, 2019.
  13. @GoodNaturedVLLN. "No deal yet but as you know Tom, if we as an art department don’t start planning ahead we could fall behind real quick. Always good to stay ahead of the curve. 👍👍😊". Twitter. June 7, 2019.
  14. 14.0 14.1 The Orville Season 3 - ...On The Move To Hulu Interview | TOM COSTANTINO & BROOKE NOSKA. Egotastic Funtime. Aug. 29, 2019.
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  20. @brooki_eh. "[https://twitter.com/Brooki_eh/status/1163617540771205120 Hey #TheOrville family!! ]@megamanex [https://twitter.com/Brooki_eh/status/1163617540771205120 and I are excited to let you guys know that our super vfx team just got a little added touch of awesome for Season 3! Please help us in welcoming ] @EricHayden1 to the crew! #TeamSuperSupesinSpace !!!!!". Twitter. Aug. 19, 2019.
  21. @ChillyKillary. "Whoops my insta isn’t public - here is the pic!". Twitter. Nov. 12, 2019.
  22. @Brooki_eh. "When the composer stops by to play a little #TheOrville tune at the Christmas party!!! 🤯". Twitter. Dec. 15, 2019.
  23. See, e.g., Cap, Damon. "Kai Wener From The Orville Exclusive BSCKids Interview". BCSKids. April 5, 2019.
  24. @SethMacFarlane. "We are optimistic — Stay tuned". Twitter. Jan. 17, 2019.
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  34. 34.0 34.1 "This is why The Orville is moving to HULU". The Popcast. Aug. 17, 2019.
  35. "Mindscape 58 | Seth MacFarlane on Using Science Fiction to Explore Humanity". Sean Carroll. Aug. 5, 2019.
  36. Lovett, Jamie. "The Orville Is Headed for San Diego Comic-Con 2019". Comic Con. July 1, 2019.
  37. Twombly, Kim. "“THE ORVILLE” ALIENS TO APPEAR AT COMIC-CON ON SATURDAY". SDCC blog. July 19, 2019.
  38. "Tom Costantino, Co-Producer". Quantum Drive. Sept. 10, 2019.
  39. "Seth MacFarlane Brings The Orville Experience to San Diego Comic-Con". MetalLife. July 16, 2019.
  40. Episode 2x09: Identity, Pt. 2
  41. THE ORVILLE EXPERIENCE. SDCC blog. Last accessed July 19, 2019.
  42. THE SHRUGGIE AWARDS OF SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2019 – WINNERS. SDCC Blog. Last accessed July 26, 2019.
  43. THANK YOU CONNOR TRINNEER!. Orville Nation. Sept. 30, 2019.
  44. Q 2-THANK YOU CORBIN!. Orville Nation. Oct. 10, 2019.
  45. 45.0 45.1 Orville Nation. Thank You JONATHAN FRAKES!!!. YouTube. Oct. 28, 2019.
  46. 46.0 46.1 Trent, James F. "Stargate SG-1 Actor Corin Nemec Campaigns for Role on Seth McFarlane’s The Orville". Bounding Into Comics. Oct. 31, 2019.
  47. 47.0 47.1 THANK YOU GARRETT WANG!. Orville Nation. Oct. 16, 2019.
  48. /u/TheButterPhantom. "The Orville ending? It didn't get or apply for tax credits for a 4th season". Reddit. Dec. 16, 2019.
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