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Seth MacFarlane & Scott Grimes Give New Update on ‘The Orville’ Season 4

The third season of The Orville titled “The Orville: New Horizons” concluded its 10 episode run in Summer 2022 on Hulu in the United States and on Disney+ in the UK, Ireland and Canada.  All three seasons of the epic space adventure series are also streaming now on Disney+ in the United States and on Disney+ in Australia.

Since then, Disney has not officially announced if the show would return for a fourth season.  In August 2022, during an interview with TV Line, Seth MacFarlane said that the chances for a Season 4 renewal were “50-50.” MacFarlane also added that streaming all three seasons on Disney+ might help its odds.

Last November, Adrianne Palicki who plays Kelly Grayson in the series, recently shared a disappointing update while speaking with Michael Rosenbaum on the Inside of You podcast.  “No, no longer doing that,” the actor replied when asked about the possibility of Season 4.  You can see Palicki’s full response below:

“I don’t know, truly, the answer to that. I think there’s talk that it could possibly be something that certain people want to do, but it’s a really difficult show to shoot, man. We shot 33 episodes in six years.

More recently, Seth MacFarlane and Scott Grimes gave a more optimistic update for a fourth season.

In a recent interview with TV Line, Grimes said that he and MacFarlane talk about the show “all the time.”

In fact, “right before the strike, it feels like we were going to announce a Season 4,” Grimes told TVLine. That of course didn’t come to pass, but “I think it’s a better than good possibility that we get to do this again,” Lt. Gordon Malloy’s portrayer ventured.

“This is [Seth’s] little child, he loves to do The Orville, and it’d be a shame if we didn’t get to do one more season,” Grimes added. “So I would say that I’m optimistic. That’s what I would say.”

MacFarlane’s outlook was also positive when asked about the show’s continuation.

“I’m trying to remember what the exact, well-worded politic statement was that Hulu put out…,” MacFarlane began to answer, chuckling. (Refresher: Hulu originals chief Craig Erwich told TVLine last January, “It’s a great show and I know that the fans loved having it back in their lives. And Seth did a great job, uniquely as he can, in front of and behind the camera. But we don’t have anything to share.”)

“All I can say is the same thing that Hulu said, which is the show is not dead,” MacFarlane told TVLine. “Nobody has told me that it’s dead from the network, so we’re proceeding under those auspices.”

Set 400 years in the future, the series follows the adventures of The Orville, a mid-level exploratory spaceship. Its crew, both human and alien, face the wonders and dangers of outer space. In the new, third season, the crew of the U.S.S. Orville continue their mission of exploration, as they navigate both the mysteries of the universe and the complexities of their own interpersonal relationships.

The ensemble cast includes MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald, Scott Grimes, Peter Macon, J Lee, Mark Jackson, Chad L. Coleman, Jessica Szohr and Anne Winters.

All three seasons of “The Orville” are produced by 20th Television and Fuzzy Door. The series was created and written by Seth MacFarlane. MacFarlane, Brannon Braga, David A. Goodman, Jon Cassar, Jason Clark and Howard Griffith serve as executive producers.

Seasons 1-3 of The Orville are available to stream on Hulu in the US and on Disney+ in the United States, UK, Ireland, Canada and Australia.

Source: TV Line

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