Orville Gets A Second Voyage
Last week, Variety revealed that The Orville has been greenlit for a second season. Fox has seen the ratings for Seth McFarlane’s Sci-Fi spoof and, unlike Firefly, has allowed the series to continue for the 2018 season. Fox president of Entertainment Michael Thorn stated, “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.” It also has done decently in the ratings, going up against Thursday Night Football and Scandal. According to Variety, the show is the third highest rated new drama this season for the 18-49 demographic when the Nielsen ratings are checked.
These Are The Voyages
The Orville follows the crew of the titular ship as they explore space on behalf of the Planetary Union. Led by Captain Ed Mercer and First Officer Kelly Grayson (his ex-wife), the offbeat crew get into situations both perilous and hilarious. Though the first two episodes didn’t stray too far from being a spoof, the episodes that followed dealt with heavy issues such as religious extremism, social media run rampant, and racism. Other episodes have been high concept science fiction, such as a time-traveling thief out to steal the ship to sell in the future. While Seth MacFarlane’s humor remains throughout the series, his writing has steered the show more towards the vein of Star Trek The Next Generation instead of being Family Guy In Space as many feared.
With the success of The Orville‘s first season, MacFarlane and company seem ready to push the ship, and our laughter, to a new frontier.
The Orville airs 9pm on Thursdays on Fox.