Look like Seth MacFarlane and the cast of The Orville are one step closer to completing their own "five-year mission," as Fox has renewed the space comedy-adventure series for a second season. The network's decision comes a little more than halfway through the series' initial 13-episode season. Fox made the decision to go with a limited number of episodes for the first season due to the scope and cost of the series' production; and no decision has been made on the length of the second season.
"Once again Seth has struck a powerful chord with viewers. He has delivered a series full of optimism, drama and his trademark humor. We want to thank him and the rest of the talented cast, as well as the producers and crew, for an incredible first season. We can't wait to see where The Orville travels in the second."
– Michael Thorn, President, Fox Entertainment
The Orville benefited from the network's support early on, premiering it's first two episodes behind an NFL lead-in that start the series with a huge ratings boost (2.8 adults 18-49 rating, 8.6 million viewers). The series did even better when final ratings numbers were adjusted, growing to a viewership of 14 million across all platforms.
Here's what Fox wants you to know about The Orville:
From Emmy Award-winning executive producer and creator Seth MacFarlane (FAMILY GUY, "Ted," "Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey"), THE ORVILLE is a live-action, one-hour space adventure series set 400 years in the future that follows The Orville, a mid-level exploratory spaceship. Its crew, both human and alien, face the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of everyday life. The ensemble series stars MacFarlane as the ship's Commanding Officer and Adrianne Palicki ("Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," "Friday Night Lights") as his ex-wife, who's assigned as his First Officer. Additional cast members include Penny Johnson Jerald ("24," "The Larry Sanders Show"), Scott Grimes ("ER," "Justified"), Peter Macon ("Shameless," "Bosch"), Halston Sage ("Neighbors," "Goosebumps"), J Lee (FAMILY GUY, "The Cleveland Show"), Mark Jackson ("That Royal Today") and Chad L. Coleman ("The Walking Dead," "The Wire").
THE ORVILLE is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. The series was created and written by Seth MacFarlane. MacFarlane, Brannon Braga ("Terra Nova"), David A. Goodman (FAMILY GUY), Jason Clark ("Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," "Ted") and Liz Heldens ("Mercy," "Deception") serve as executive producers on the series. Jon Favreau ("The Jungle Book," "Iron Man") directed the pilot, on which he also served as an executive producer.