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SDCC 2019: The Orville is moving from Fox to Hulu

In a surprise announcement at SDCC, Seth MacFarlane revealed that the third season of The Orville will stream on Hulu instead of airing on Fox.

On Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con Seth MacFarlane and the cast of The Orville took the stage for a panel that promised to look back at Season 2 and give fans a sneak peek into what may be coming in Season 3.

And while fans experienced all that and more, they also got a bit of news that no one saw coming.

MacFarlane announced that The Orville would be leaving Fox and instead become an exclusive on Hulu, a streaming service now owned by Disney. In addition, the third season wouldn’t arrive until sometime in late 2020 and would include 10-13 episodes released weekly, similar to Star Trek: Discovery.

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In a press release about the move, MacFarlane indicates that it is largely due to his hectic schedule and the fact The Orville may be a victim of its own success. As the production has evolved and grown, so has the amount of time needed to work on the series, time MacFarlane doesn’t have while also working on his other projects for Fox.

As for Hulu, SVP Content Development Craig Erwich is thrilled with the addition of The Orville to the streaming platform.

While the change is a big surprise, it is just another indication of how things are continuing to evolve in the ever-changing television landscape. With Disney now owning Fox Studios, and Fox Studios owning The Orville, the fact the show would move to Hulu makes a certain amount of sense.

Disney has said that Hulu will be the home for the more cutting edge and adult-focused shows while Disney+ will be the home of the company’s family friendly fare. If that is indeed the case, The Orville should fit in perfectly with the rest of the shows on the streaming service.

Keep it here on Redshirts Always Die for more about The Orville, the upcoming third season and its move to Hulu as it develops.