It may be a divisive series, but Seth MacFarlane’s Star Trek pastiche The Orville has garnered enough love (and viewers) for FOX to greenlight a second season. The first season is due to debut in the UK on FOX on 14 December. FOX has yet to confirm an episode count for season two (season one was 13).
The show became FOX’s biggest drama premiere since Empire when the show hit US screens in September. Since then viewers have dropped away slightly, but The Orville still ranks among the top three new dramas of the Stateside Fall season. It is also proving a massive hit on catch-up, doubling its “live” viewing figures each week to around a total of 10 million. Whatever you think of the show, that’s an unqualified success story.
“Once again Seth has struck a powerful chord with viewers,” said Fox president Michael Thorn. “He has delivered a series full of optimism, drama and his trademark humour. 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.”
Meanwhile, “real” Star Trek, in the form of Discovery, was also renewed for a second season a couple of weeks back.