Seth MacFarlane’s sci-fi adventure series “The Orville” will return for a third season on FOX, the network surprisingly taking its time to re-up the show despite the series already receiving a TV tax credit for next season.
Set 400 years in the future, follows the adventures in the final frontier of the USS Orville, as its human and alien crew tackles the battles, politics and workplace drama of galactic travel.
While initially coming off as a satire and rip-off of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” ‘Orville’ found its footing in the back of its first season as it bent towards more classic early TNG-style ‘morality plays in space’ dramatic storytelling with the humor pulled back to being more character-based. As a result, the critical reaction has improved and the fanbase has become more involved.
The series has developed a devoted following and does exceptionally well in delayed and on-demand viewing – averaging 10.7 million total viewers in a multi-platform audience – up from from the 1.4 rating and 5.4 million total viewer average it receives in Live+Same Day.