Just a few minutes ago, Seth McFarlane announced at the Orville Panel that the show would be moving from its home at FOX to the paid streaming service, Hulu.
While talking to fans, he cited the time and detail that’s involved in creating the show and that it just isn’t possible to get it done for Fox as a mid-season replacement. Instead, it will land on Hulu in late 2020, nearly a year after the end of season two.
Here’s McFarlane’s statement on the move:
“The Orville has been a labor of love for me, and there are two companies which have supported that vision in a big way: 20th Century Fox Television, where I’ve had a deal since the start of my career, and Fox Broadcasting Co., now Fox Entertainment, which has been my broadcast home for over 20 years. My friends at the 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,” MacFarlane said. “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.”