Seth MacFarlane has revealed that his TV show, The Orville, will be moving from Fox to Hulu. He made the announcement during a panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego.
According to Variety, an insider familiar with the situation explained that between MacFarlane's workload and the amount of special effects sequences that need completing, Season 3 of The Orville simply would not have been ready for a midseason start. MacFarlane said the following in an official statement:
“The Orville has been a labor of love for me, and there are two companies which have supported that vision in a big way: 20th Century Fox Television, where I’ve had a deal since the start of my career, and Fox Broadcasting Company, now Fox Entertainment, which has been my broadcast home for over 20 years.
"My friends at the network understood what I was trying to do with this series, and they’ve done a spectacular job of marketing, launching and programming it for these past two seasons. But as the show has evolved and become more ambitious production-wise, I determined that I would not be able to deliver episodes until 2020, which would be challenging for the network. So we began to discuss how best to support the third season in a way that worked for the show," he explained.
"It’s exactly this kind of willingness to accommodate a show’s creative needs that’s made me want to stick around for so long. I am hugely indebted to Charlie Collier and Fox Entertainment for their generosity and look forward to developing future projects there. And to my new friends at Hulu, I look forward to our new partnership exploring the galaxy together.”
There is no release date for the start of Season 3, but new episodes are expected to air near the end of 2020.
The Orville stars Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes, Peter Macon, Penny Johnson Jerald, Halston Sage, J. Lee, and Mark Jackson.