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Fans of The Orville have been waiting a while to hear more news about Season 3, which will be the first batch of episodes released as Hulu exclusives, but the latest update tied to the show isn't so positive. It appears as if married couple and co-stars Adrianne Palicki and Scott Grimes are heading back towards an official split, with a new set of divorce papers being filed.
Adrianne Palicki, who plays The Orville's Commander Kelly Grayson, recently filed divorce paperwork for a second time in around a year, according to TMZ. At this time, it's not entirely clear what the specific reasons are behind the renewed decision to call it quits on her relationship with Scott Grimes, who plays ship helmsman Gordon Malloy on the space-faring dramedy.
As fans might remember, Adrianne Palicki and Scott Grimes were first primed for divorce proceedings back in July 2019 (similarly also right around the point when the Orville-friendly Comic-Con was happening). At that time, Palicki cited irreconcilable differences as her reason for filing. It was also revealed then that the couple had set up a prenuptial agreement, meaning their respective financial situations wouldn't become a major factor during the divorce.
However, that whole situation later got flipped back around when Adrianne Palicki officially requested for the court to dismiss her previously filed divorce petition. That was in November 2019, less than a month after they were surprisingly seen sitting together for a convention panel, with both prominently displaying their wedding rings again. It hadn't seemed like anything major happed to spark their reconciliation, just as nothing scandalous appeared to happen that influenced the renewed divorce decision.
Adrianne Palicki and Scott Grimes first met while filming The Orville back in 2017, and started a relationship in the next year. They announced their engagement in January 2019, and rather quickly followed up on that by getting married in May. Of course, it was was just two months later when Palicki's first divorce petition was filed.
The Orville was in the midst of filming for Season 3 when the lockdown hit, forcing the show to abandon production in the middle of an episode. (Seth MacFarlane has amusing thoughts on how that might look when filming begins anew.) Even though the characters of Kelly and Gordon aren't generally paired together for scenes very often, one can only hope that Adrianne Palicki and Scott Grimes are able to keep things amicable as co-stars.
At this point, Hulu has yet to announced a release date for The Orville Season 3, which presumably had a lot of post-production to tackle in recent months. Stay tuned for updates on that front, and hit up our Summer 2020 TV schedule and our Fall 2020 premiere guide to see all the new and returning shows hitting the small screen soon.