Fox renews The Orville for third season

Thanks largely to a $15 million TV tax credit

Fox renews The Orville for third season 12
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Seth MacFarlane’s wacky space comedy The Orville has been renewed for a third season.

While season two was largely a ratings flunk, a last-minute $15.8 million TV tax credit made the extension possible.

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Set 400 years in the future, The Orville has been billed by The Verge as “a dodgy cover version of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but with more dick jokes.”

According to Deadline, “In its first season, it averaged 10.7 million total viewers in multi-platform audience, up 149% from its Live+Same Day delivery. This past season-to-date. The Orville averaged 1.4 and 1.81 million viewers in adults 18-49 and 5.4 million total viewers. Its Season 2 ender drew a 0.7 rating and 2.92 million viewers in Live+Same Day.”

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Fox has yet to announce a date for the premiere of season three.