Seth MacFarlane has been pretty busy over on the production side of his still-relatively-new overall deal with NBCUniversal. First came the news that he was working with Seth Fisher (The Alienist) to adapt author Herman Wouk's The Winds of War and War and Remembrance as miniseries. Following that came the news that MacFarlane would be teaming with Eisa Davis (She's Gotta Have It) for a project based on the life of Carlotta Walls, the youngest member of the "Little Rock Nine." Then came the news that he would be producing a series adaptation of Skywatch, a short film written and directed by ex-Pixar artist Colin Levy (Inside Out, Finding Dory). But wait! There's more! MacFarlane is also teaming up with Stephen Curry (NBA star, Holey Moley! EP) and original series executive producer Norman Lear for an animated version of groundbreaking 70's sitcom Good Times for Netflix. So as you catch your breath and update your MacFarlane scorecard, we have to ask the 800 lb. question in the corner of the room. Where's the love for the third season of The Orville on Hulu?
On Monday, viewers got an answer- kinda. With the series having been hit by COVID-related delays much like dozens of others productions, things have been pretty quiet. But during an Instagram chat with series co-star Jessica Szohr, MacFarlane had an update- though one that sounded very guarded. "All I can say is we are working on it. We're working on it very hard, we got hit by this just like everyone else but we're working on it," MacFarlane explained. "We will be back soon, folks. There has been a lot of speculation online: Will the show come back? The show is still a huge priority for me and for the cast and everyone else. We do have a season to finish, and we are going to finish it." For MacFarlane, it all comes down to safety first and foremost. "For a show with a lot of prosthetic makeup that requires close contact, a lot of background artists… it's a big job, and you want to make sure you do it in a way that keeps everyone safe and secure," he explained. "Once we have those protocols figured out, we will start up again and you will get more Orville."
MacFarlane also revealed the biggest reason why he enjoys working on the series: the large, diverse ensemble cast. "It's one of the things I love most about the show. I'm a big fan of ensemble pieces, particularly with television," he revealed. "What I love about the show, about the characters, is that I could pick one of the characters and write a story about them that week. It's wide open and I think it allows for a lot of longevity."