The Orville’s highly anticipated third season is just a few weeks away from premiering on Hulu, and the newly released trailer indicates that the three-year wait will have been well worth it for fans of Seth MacFarlane’s science fiction sitcom. The series has been a long time coming, having been stopped due to the Covid outbreak, and while filming has been completed for some time, it is evident from the trailer that there is still a lot of post-production and special effects work to be done.
Seth MacFarlane returns as Captain Ed Mercer, commanding The Orville on a new mission set 400 years in the future, and series regulars Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald, Scott Grimes, Peter Macon, J. Lee, Mark Jackson, Cha L. Coleman, Jessica Szohr, and Anne Winters all make appearances. According to the official synopsis for the upcoming series:
“Set 400 years in the future, The Orville: New Horizons finds the crew of the U.S.S. Orville continuing their mission of exploration, as they navigate both the mysteries of the universe and the complexities of their own interpersonal relationships.”
While it took a long time to bring The Orville back to life, Seth MacFarlane was adamant from the start that the show would not be forgotten or lost as a result of the Disney/Fox merger. Previously, he stated:
“All I can say is we’re working on it. We’re working very hard. We got hit by this just like everyone else, but we are working on it. We will be back soon, folks. 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. 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 third season of the The Orville, also known as The Orville: New Horizons, is set to premiere on June 2, 2022, on Hulu.