The Orville
Season 3
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Country of originUnited States
Original networkHulu
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The third season of the comedy-drama science fiction television series The Orville, also known as The Orville: New Horizons, is set to premiere on June 2, 2022.[1] It will stream on Hulu in the United States and on Disney+ internationally. Filming began in October 2019 but was halted due to COVID-19, and production ultimately completed in August 2021.[2] This season will be the first on Hulu, after airing its previous two seasons on Fox, as well as the first to premiere since The Walt Disney Company's March 2019 acquisition of 20th Century Fox.[3]





The Orville's season 3 episodes
No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release dateProd.
271"Electric Sheep"[6]TBATBAJune 2, 2022 (2022-06-02)[1]TBA


The season will consist of 11 episodes, fewer than the previous two seasons, but each episode will run on average 12 to 15 minutes longer.[7]


Seth MacFarlane and Jon Cassar are the only directors for the third season.[8] Filming began in October 2019, but was halted in March 2020 due to COVID-19. Approximately half of the season was completed beforehand.[9][10] Production resumed in December 2020 but was suspended once again in January 2021 following a COVID surge.[11][12] Filming once again resumed in early February 2021 and wrapped in August.[13][14] Norm Macdonald completed voiceover work as Lt. Yaphit prior to his death in September 2021, making it one of his final roles.[5]


  1. ^ a b MacFarlane, Seth (February 4, 2022). "The Orville: New Horizons Sneak Peek Arriving 6.2.2022 Hulu". Twitter. Retrieved February 4, 2022.
  2. ^ White, Peter (August 6, 2021). "'The Orville': Hulu Scripted Chief Jordan Helman Gives Update On Season 3 Of Seth MacFarlane's Sci-Fi Drama". Deadline.
  3. ^ Petski, Denise (July 20, 2019). "'The Orville' Moves To Hulu From Fox For Season 3 In 2020". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 17, 2020.
  4. ^ Petski, Denise (November 4, 2019). "'The Orville': Anne Winters Joins As New Series Regular For Season 3". Deadline. Retrieved September 17, 2020.
  5. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (September 14, 2021). "Norm Macdonald Leaves Behind New Episodes Of 'The Orville' As Seth MacFarlane Mourns His 'Hilarious And Generous' Co-Star". Deadline. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  6. ^ 301 "Electric Sheep" - eidr
  7. ^ "The Orville Season 3 Will Have Longer Episodes On Hulu (And More Bortus Mic Time)". CinemaBlend. October 6, 2019. Retrieved September 17, 2020.
  8. ^ Burlingame, Russ (April 27, 2020). "The Orville Season 3 Will Be Directed Entirely by Seth MacFarlane and John Cassar". Retrieved September 17, 2020.
  9. ^ Costantino, Tom [@TomCostantino] (October 18, 2019). "See ya Monday. @TheOrville @hulu #TheOrville @planetary_union 🚀" (Tweet). Retrieved September 17, 2020 – via Twitter.
  10. ^ "The Orville's Seth MacFarlane Shares Hilarious Update On Production Delay". CinemaBlend. May 13, 2020. Retrieved September 17, 2020.
  11. ^ "Exclusive: 'The Orville' Season 3 Is Returning To Production In December". Trek Retrieved November 9, 2020.
  12. ^ "Seth MacFarlane's The Orville Season 3 Just Hit Another Setback". CinemaBlend. January 3, 2021. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  13. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (August 11, 2021). "The Orville Finally Wraps Filming of Season 3 for Hulu, Seth MacFarlane Not Ruling Out Additional Seasons". TVLine. Retrieved August 12, 2021.
  14. ^ "Huzzah! Seth MacFarlane's The Orville Celebrates Season 3 Going Back Into Production With New Set Photo". CinemaBlend. March 10, 2021. Retrieved April 5, 2021.