It's been more than two years since the season two finale of The Orville aired and fans have been patiently waiting for a new season. Now, you can set your calendar as we finally have an answer about when we will see the Orville crew again on their next mission.
Hulu has announced that the third season of The Orville will premiere on March 10, 2022. Additionally, the upcoming season will be titled The Orville: New Horizons. The episodes are set to be released weekly. The main cast members will be returning and they will be joined by 13 Reasons Why star Anne Winters playing a new character named Charly Burke. Norm Macdonald, who recently passed away, will also return as the voice of Yaphit as he was able to complete his voicework prior to his death. You can watch the announcement teaser video here:
The first two seasons of the series aired on Fox, but it was announced in July 2019 that it will be moving to Hulu. The third season was supposed to premiere in late 2020, but production got shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic which resulted in a long delay. Filming for the season finally wrapped last month according to creator, director, and star Seth MacFarlane in his tweet.
It is exciting that the series will finally make its return and it is interesting that they have a new title in it. Perhaps it's because of the season's storyline or major changes might be happening. By the time that the third season premieres in March, it will be almost three years since the season two finale aired. The series has been a major hit among the audience. It was initially perceived as a Star Trek parody series in the beginning, but as it progressed, it was able to stand on its own as a science fiction series. Fans have praised The Orville for its homage to classic Star Trek shows, particularly Star Trek: The Next Generation as well as its throwback to classic science fiction shows.