According to creator Seth MacFarlane, The Orville is likely to return for a second season. It's worth considering since the show opened with a strong 3.5 rating during its series premiere meaning that 10 million people watched the ship take flight. Between the use of classic Star Trek tropes and MacFarlane's special brand of humor, The Orville has found a fan base and they might be rewarded with a second season.
The show follows MacFarlane's Captain Ed Mercer onboard the Orville with a diverse crew of aliens, robots, and humans. In typical MacFarlane fashion, the show has raunchy humor, but it's undercut with homages to the original Star Trek, a story of space exploration, diversity, and acceptance. Mercer squares off with his first officer and ex-wife Kelly Grayson (played by Adrianne Palicki) and shepherds around his ship's crew. They've also been host to a number of guest stars including Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Victor Garber, and Jeffery Tambor, all of whom are willing to boldly go where MacFarlane's love for Star Trek takes him.
According to DigitalTrends, MacFarlane thinks that and the ratings might be enough to get a second season. The cast brought a number of clips to the convention from the next episode titled Krill. MacFarlane joined cast members Palicki, Scott Grimes, Penny Johnson Jerald, and producer David A. Goodman via Skype to say that he was "confident that there would be a season 2," and that the numbers and fan reactions were on their side.
He went on to say that he'd like the second season to explore the character of Isaac, the robotic chaperone of the crew. When asked by an attendee how many episodes of the second season had been ordered by FOX, however, MacFarlane explained that no second season had been officially ordered.
The Orville is a departure for MacFarlane, who's cartoon comedy stylings have made him a household name and an iconic part of college and teen culture. It's similar to his A Million Ways to Die in the West, which attracted the same sort of guest stars but was a critical flop.
However, with episodes like 'About a Girl' which tackle tough topics like gender reassignment surgery, it's clear that MacFarlane cares about being true not only to his vision but to the stories he's creating an homage to of discovery and diversity. While the future of The Orville remains uncertain, there's no one like MacFarlane to boldly take humor where it's never gone before.
The Orville continues next Thursday with 'Krill' @9pm on FOX.
Source: Digital Trends