As we know, the upcoming third season of FOX’s sci-fi series “The Orville” is departing the network and making the jump from broadcast to streaming as it’s set to have a new home at Hulu.
The first season aired September 2017, the second from December 2018 and so going by their production timetables it’s expected the third season won’t premiere until around May 2020. Creator and star Seth MacFarlane announced the Hulu shift at Comic-Con last month, with the reasoning being that the series was simply not feasible to continue on a broadcast schedule.
Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier, speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour this week, confirmed as much and says he’s still happy to support MacFarlane’s endeavours and what works best for the show even if it means it’s not a FOX series anymore:
“First of all, Seth is awesome. It’s his passion project and we’ve talked about it from the day I walked in the door because I’m such a fan of the show itself. You’re right, at the heart of the network’s schedule issue was that he is so prolific in front of and behind the camera and in the writers room that this is a show he really manages every detail.
I talked a lot about supporting the artist and creating a home where we nurture the artist and this is the epitome of it in the sense that we really worked with Seth to make sure he could still do the show he loves on a platform that can handle it on the schedule that’s appropriate for it.
So it’s been great and actually Seth in his remarks, certainly to me and I saw some of the press on it, has been nothing but generous about how much Fox is a home of his on the right project at the right time. Certainly Family Guy, I couldn’t be prouder of that in the middle of our Sunday lineup.”
“The Orville” clocks in at around $5 million per episode on average with the second season finale earlier this year pulling in 2.97 million viewers in Live + Same Day (a number it effectively doubles with DVR/Delayed Viewing added).