SDCC 2019: ‘The Orville’ Leaving Fox for Hulu
One of the more surprising pieces news to come out of San Diego Comic-Con this year was the announcement that The Orville will be moving from Fox to stream exclusively on Hulu starting with Season Three.
The Orville: Season Three will have an early 2020 start, much like Season Two did. But Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox did not lead us to believe that they’d start shuffling their programming around this soon.
“The Orville has been a labor of love for me, and there are two companies which have supported that vision in a big way: 20th Century Fox Television, where I’ve had a deal since the start of my career, and FOX Broadcasting Company, now FOX Entertainment, which has been my broadcast home for over 20 years. My friends at the network understood what I was trying to do with this series, and they’ve done a spectacular job of marketing, launching and programming it for these past two seasons. But as the show has evolved and become more ambitious production-wise, I determined that I would not be able to deliver episodes until 2020, which would be challenging for the network. So we began to discuss how best to support the third season in a way that worked for the show. It’s exactly this kind of willingness to accommodate a show’s creative needs that’s made me want to stick around for so long. I am hugely indebted to Charlie Collier and FOX Entertainment for their generosity and look forward to developing future projects there. And to my new friends at Hulu, I look forward to our new partnership exploring the galaxy together,” said The Orville creator Seth MacFarlane in a press release.
“We know our viewers are huge fans of The Orville, along with many of Seth MacFarlane’s groundbreaking hit shows, and we can’t wait to bring Season 3 to them exclusively on the platform,” said Craig Erwich, SVP Content Development, Hulu. “Hulu is a home for the world’s most sought-after creative talent, and we’re incredibly excited to welcome Seth and the entire cast and creative team of The Orville to our Hulu Originals slate.”
This sounds like a move due to programming schedule, at least MacFarlane presented it that way in the press release. But this seems like a very odd move that came out of nowhere, especially sharing it during the events in San Diego this weekend.
Is this foreshadowing the future for network television? Will we see other series jump from network to streaming as early as this season? For years now, network television has been getting swallowed by streaming options with streaming services offering bigger budgets and more random schedules that work best for the cast and crew.
This move also reiterates Disney’s commitment to Hulu, which they now fully own. Even with Disney+ on the way to us this fall, Hulu became a complete Disney property during the events of the Fox acquisition. This left many wondering what would happen to Hulu, even with Disney announcing programming for the streaming platform. With The Orville being moved there, a series that has been more successful than many anticipated, it just further establishes that Disney will keep two horses in the streaming race.
Either way, this news is interesting and different. We’ll keep you posted as more unfolds.
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