Seth MacFarlane’s sci-fi series “The Orville” is jumping ship. MacFarlane announced on Saturday at the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel that the third season won’t return to FOX, instead it will air exclusively on Hulu.
Variety reports that due to MacFarlane’s current workload and the length of time it takes to finish work on the show’s special effects sequences, the third season was not going to be ready for a midseason debut.
As a result, new episodes are now expected to launch on Hulu at the end of 2020 and the streamer currently has the first two seasons available to subscribers. MacFarlane said in a statement:
“My friends at the network understood what I was trying to do with this series, and they’ve done a spectacular job of marketing, launching and programming it for these past two seasons. But as the show has evolved and become more ambitious production-wise, I determined that I would not be able to deliver episodes until 2020, which would be challenging for the network. So we began to discuss how best to support the third season in a way that worked for the show. It’s exactly this kind of willingness to accommodate a show’s creative needs that’s made me want to stick around for so long. I am hugely indebted to Charlie Collier and Fox Entertainment for their generosity and look forward to developing future projects there. And to my new friends at Hulu, I look forward to our new partnership exploring the galaxy together.”
Both FOX and Hulu are now owned by Disney which with the Mouse House set to use the latter to incorporate content not suitable for its Disney+ streaming service. It’s highly possible this won’t be the last FOX series to make the jump in coming years.