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‘The Orville’ Season 3 Delayed to Debut on Hulu in June

Remember a little over a year ago, reports circulated that Hulu had canceled The Orville? It sent fans of the show into a frenzy. Well to the delight of many, that was not the case. However, season 3 was set to debut in March, but today it was revealed the premiere has been delayed to this June.

As a way to keep those disappointed at peace, series creator and star Seth MacFarlane released the first few minutes of footage from the new season. MacFarlane also released a statement on Friday.

“To all The Orville fans: Thanks for being so patient with us as we’ve navigated the production challenges resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As occasionally happens, our show has been repositioned amidst the ever-changing television schedule landscape, which means that the wait will be just a bit longer, and we’re now preparing for a June 2nd launch on Hulu. We’ve always promised you a television experience that will make it worth the await, and we’re not wavering on that. We understand the frustration you’re feeling over more delays, so we want to give you a little taste of what’s to come. Here’s a sneak peek at the first few minutes of our season opener, and our new main title!”

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The Orville is a science fiction dramedy that dons its Star Trek influence as a badge of honor. Set approximately 400 years in the future, the show follows the crew of the USS Orville as they adjust to life in space, while constantly dealing with various cosmic threats. MacFarlane currently stars alongside the likes of Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald, and Scott Grimes. The show has also had cameos from high-profile actors such as Charlize Theron, Ted Danson, and F. Murray Abraham.

Now, while it may not be as popular or mainstream as some of MacFarlane’s scripted animated series such as Family Guy and American Dad, it’s developed a cult following. Because his other attempts at live-action comedy on the small screen (The Winner and Dads) swiftly failed, it’s easily his most successful live-action series to date. The Orville‘s ratings actually increased throughout its second season