Orville has had a very wild ride over the past three years, starting on FOX, and moving to Hulu where a lot of creative freedom (and a bigger budget) opened the show to new creative horizons. But all anyone wants to know is whether or not season 4 is coming.
Things are about to get even weirder with The Orville’s life path, and the next step might dictate how and when Season 4 happens. It was announced that all three seasons of the show will be heading to Disney Plus on August 10, making it the third place to air in the short life.
Seth MacFarlane TVLine said That odds are about 50-50 whether Season 4 will happen now, but this Disney Plus could be the deciding factor you need for Season 4 to be green-lit and produced:
“I hope that when the show comes up on Disney+, people who haven’t figured it out yet will suddenly give it a shot,” MacFarlane said. “This is a potential game changer for us.”
In many ways, The Orville seems a perfect fit for Disney Plus, which is looking to expand its horizons beyond its current installation of Star Wars, Marvel and children’s programming. Orville is, at least by audience and critic scores, currently one of the best sci-fi series on television, and continued investment in it could make it a real contender for something like Star Trek on Paramount Plus.
The hard part of The Orville was selling the show, as is look Like a Seth Macfarlane parody for Star Trek, but it’s not like that at all. Although it contains comic elements, it has greatly expanded in its scope and the types of issues it deals with. And as it progressed, it had a bigger and bigger budget that took it from looking like an SNL sitcom to something that rivaled any other major sci-fi production on television.
I recently wrote about my own work on seasons 1-3 of the show in about two weeks, which dramatically changed my perception of it, as I wasn’t expecting to be as involved as I was, and I don’t agree with the consensus on that Yes, there are a few series The best sci-fi on TV these days (especially now that The Expanse has wrapped).
In theory, this sounds like it would probably fit right into the Disney catalog, but again, the hard part might be building that initial audience, and it’s going to require a lot of promotion and work at the end of Disney Plus to make sure people give it a shot.
We’ll see what happens, but hopefully these coin-replenishment prospects will turn in favor of The Orville once it hits Disney Plus and expands its audience once again.