FOX has officially renewed The Orville for a second season, though it's currently unclear when it will air.
Created by Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane, the Star Trek-inspired series kicked off this year to solid ratings. A unique a one-hour comedy, the show has garnered an impressive audience over the course of its 13-episode first season, even hailed (by some) as a truer interpretation of classic Star Trek than the current Trek series, Discovery.
“Once again Seth has struck a powerful chord with viewers,” Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn said in a statement. “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.”
MacFarlane echoed the news in a tweet thanking fans for their ongoing support and viewership.
The Orville is set 300 years in the future and follows the exploits of the of the U.S.S. Orville and it’s motley crew, led by the recently-divorced Ed (MacFarlane) who is taking command of a ship for the very first time. Joining MacFarlane’s captain are his ex-wife, Kelly Grayson (Adrianne Palicki from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), his best friend (Scott Grimes), an alien from a single-sex species (Peter Macon), and a gelatinous creature voiced by comedian Norm Macdonald, among others.
The series airs Thursdays at 9pm ET on Fox.