The Orville Season 3 is moving from Fox to Hulu for its 2020 premiere, and there will be some changes. The episode count will be lower than the first two seasons, but with significantly longer episodes arriving on a weekly basis. But some things will apparently stay the same -- like Bortus' love for singing.
The Orville team -- minus Seth MacFarlane -- was just at New York Comic-Con to preview what's ahead in Season 3. Executive producer and director Jon Cassar told the panel crowd (via @TrekMovie) that The Orville Season 3 will have 11 episodes. He also fed fans a few more exciting morsels:
There will be space battles, there will definitely be parties, Bortus goes up to the microphone again.
Don't tease me; if I don't get another Celine Dion-level karaoke scene ... I won't do anything, but I will be disappointed. This is the gold standard:
I'll also accept more club dancing. Jon Cassar also said they doubled the production work to match the quality of Season 2's two-parter "Identity."
We're also getting longer episodes in The Orville Season 3. It was mentioned that episodes would each be 10 minutes longer on Hulu, but The Orville editor and co-producer Tom Costantino corrected that to be even longer:
Praise, Avis! Season 1 had 12 episodes and Season 2 had 14 episodes, but if the 11 episodes of The Orville Season 3 are anywhere near 15 minutes longer, we're not losing any content in the move to Hulu.
It was also confirmed that The Orville episodes will arrive on a weekly basis on Hulu, as opposed to all at once binge-style.
The Orville's Tom Costantino also shared a glimpse behind-the-scenes of Season 3:
Better watch that several times to search for clues on The Orville Season 3. We have plenty of time to wait, since the show won't arrive until some time in 2020.
The Orville Season 2 ended with a bonkers finale in April. It wasn't clear whether the show would be picked up for Season 3, so there was much rejoicing when it got renewed. However, during San Diego Comic-Con, Seth MacFarlane confirmed the show's move from Fox to Hulu for Season 3, and why it happened:
My friends at the [Fox] 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. 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.
So from here we wait for more news on The Orville Season 3, including an official trailer and premiere date. In the meantime, here are some other things to watch on Hulu.