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Fox has greenlit freshman space adventure series “The Orville” for a second season, with an unspecified number of new episodes for the 2018-19 season. Debuting on Sept. 10 and inspired by “Star Trek,” Seth MacFarlane stars as Ed Mercer, an officer in the Planetary Union’s line of exploratory space vessels whose career took a downturn following his divorce, and who is given the titular ship as his first command, only to discover that his ex-wife, Kelly Grayson (Adrianne Palicki), has been assigned to be his First Officer. of the Orville as they embark on various diplomatic and exploratory missions.
“Once again Seth has struck a powerful chord with viewers,” said Michael Thorn, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “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 season.”
“The Orville” is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. The series was created and written by Seth MacFarlane and it is now the third network freshman series renewed for next season following “The Good Doctor” on ABC and “Young Sheldon” on CBS.