It looks like the “The Orville” may have flown its last adventure.

The Seth MacFarlane-created sci-fi series has had a rather unusual production timetable over the years. The first season was shot and aired back in 2017, the same goes for the second season in 2018/early 2019 – so far, so normal.

Then the third season began production in October 2019 but was halted due to the pandemic. Filming started and stopped again, but it wasn’t until nearly two years later in August 2021 that shooting actually wrapped on the third.

That third season, dubbed ‘New Horizons,’ didn’t air until nearly a year later in mid-2022. It has now been well over a year since that release on Hulu and the streamer has shown no signs of officially cancelling or renewing the series.

Actress Adrianne Palicki, who plays Commander Kelly Grayson on the series, recently appeared on Michael Rosenbaum’s Inside of You podcast and when he mentioned she’s currently doing a role in “The Orville” to which she responded: “Ahh no, no longer doing that.” Then asked if the show was actually cancelled she said:

“I don’t know, truly, the answer to that. I think there’s the talk that it could possibly be something that certain people want to do… but it’s a really difficult show to shoot, man.”

Palicki explained that “The Orville” shot a total of just 33 episodes over six years, which Rosenbaum realised worked out to five-and-a-half episodes a year – not a steady income for working actors:

“It became an actual, real issue because there would be so much time in between seasons because Seth wanted to write everything himself so… it would just take so much time. At one point, we were like, ‘We have to fight the studio to give us a holding fee or something.’”

She adds that some cast members like J. Lee, who plays LaMarr, reportedly had to get by on “saltines and Gatorade” at one point because “we just couldn’t afford anything… it was horrible.”

She adds that she loved the actual experience when they were filming though:

“I did love so many things about it, I think it was the process that was hard. The process was difficult, I loved the people that I worked with, and I love the crew – they’re my family. But… it was taxing. For what you got out of it, it was a lot of work for… little gain.”

The series followed a mid-level exploratory vessel in the Planetary Union, a 25th-century interstellar alliance of Earth and many other planets. Though starting out a bit more of a comedy, it quickly turned into a show resembling classic “Star Trek: The Next Generation” not just in look but also tone even as the actual “Star Trek” franchise seemed to move away from that style.

Source: TV Line

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