The Orville sets course for a second season as Fox officially renews the series

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Seth MacFarlane and company’s Star Trek inspired series The Orville will continue to fly high following it’s debut season. Fox has officially renewed the series for a second season after airing about half of it’s 13-episode first season

“Once again Seth has struck a powerful chord with viewers,” said Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn in a statement. “He has delivered a series full of optimism, drama and his trademark humor. We want to thank him and the rest of the talented cast, as well as the producers and crew, for an incredible first season. We can’t wait to see where The Orville travels in the second.”

Created by & starring MacFarlane, the series wears its love of Star Trek on its sleeve as the one-hour comedy series has pulled heavily from the types of stories and tones set by previous Trek series such as Star Trek: The Next Generation. While the series is billed as a comedy, in it’s short run so far it has not shied away from tackling heavy and very serious topics.

To many fans the series has resonated with them more as being true to the series than the actual latest entry of the franchise Star Trek: Discovery, which has also been recently renewed for a second season. So expect the topic of which is the better Trek representative to continue for awhile longer.

With only six episodes left to air of The Orville‘s first season there is no word on when season two will air, though it seems likely it won’t be till next fall at the earliest. The Orville airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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