Seth MacFarlane sheds light on The Orville's fourth season status

Are we getting season 4 of The Orville or not? While we have nearly no official news, optimism is making its rounds.

The Orville: New Horizons -- “Domino” - Episode 309 -- The creation of a powerful new weapon puts the Orville crew — and the entire Union — in a political and ethical quandary. Capt. Ed Mercer (Seth MacFarlane), shown. (Photo by: Michael Desmond/Hulu)
The Orville: New Horizons -- “Domino” - Episode 309 -- The creation of a powerful new weapon puts the Orville crew — and the entire Union — in a political and ethical quandary. Capt. Ed Mercer (Seth MacFarlane), shown. (Photo by: Michael Desmond/Hulu) /
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It's been months since we last received an update on The Orville, but it seems series creator Seth MacFarlane is not giving up on the show just yet.

"Nobody has told me that it’s dead from the network, so we’re proceeding under those auspices," Seth MacFarlane revealed to TVLive.

Hearing Seth MacFarlane keep our hopes alive is like hearing a maybe-yes from your crush at prom. If he hasn't given up on The Orville having a season 4, neither should you.

The Orville, the awesome embodiment of drama and laughs set in space, quite literally the Star Trek we Trekkies want to see, might be making a grand comeback soon. Though it seems like show is playing hard to get, there's a tiny, juicy hint that it could return. I can already see it - the cast, ready to jump back into their space gear, with Seth MacFarlane at the helm, cooking up more interstellar adventures. This isn't just a "could happen" scenario - it has escalated to a "might happen".

Adrianne Palicki, one of the stars, is playing it cool, saying she's not doing the show right now, but she's not shutting the door on it either. It's like she's saying, "It's complicated, but never say never." And sure, the contracts might have expired, but that's just a tiny asteroid of an inconvenience in the vast space of possibilities. Scott Grimes, who plays Lt. Gordon Malloy, is all in for more adventures. He and MacFarlane have been chatting about it, dreaming up what could be next for their space odyssey. It very well feels like they're just waiting for the green light to get things going.

But, here's the catch: can MacFarlane juggle writing and producing this epic space saga while also working on other big projects like the Ted prequel? Hulu's playing it coy, giving us a "we love the show but no news yet" statement. But MacFarlane, our Space King, is optimistic - and so am I. He's not hearing a no, and in Hollywood, that's as good as a maybe these days.

So, fingers crossed, space fans! The Orville might just be gearing up for another season sometime soon. Better late than never, and The Orville is the kind of show that will make it well worth the wait.

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