Sci-fi is in seriously good health at the moment.

Over on the big screen, filmmakers like Jordan Peele are dipping their toes into the popular genre while shows like The Orville have been going strong on TV.

Created by and starring Seth MacFarlane, this American sci-fi masterfully blends comedy and drama, offering a tale of Ed Mercer on a string of exhilarating 25th-century adventures. It harkens back to the glory days of Star Trek while undeniably moving the genre it has such clear affection for forward.

The fandom is so passionate that it never hurts to look ahead and consider what may lay in the distance. With that in mind, let’s consider what the creatives aboard the project have said about a potential The Orville season 4.

still from The Orville season 3 episode 8, Disney+

The Orville cast wants season 4

During a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, Seth MacFarlane revealed that he and the rest of The Orville cast are enthusiastic about embarking upon season 4.

He said: “I would love it. I know the entire cast is hoping for it. It’s a big question mark for a lot of reasons. It’s not an inexpensive show to produce. It requires an ambitious budget. But the flip side of that is, it’s no more ambitious than half the other streaming shows on television.”

He added: “It really is going to depend on audience response, on whether the show gets discovered.”

Hulu is yet to announce a season 4 renewal but it’s worth noting that season 3 doesn’t conclude until Thursday, August 4, 2022. So, it’s arguably a little too early to expect any concrete news.

Nevertheless, and reinforcing what Seth MacFarlane said about the cast’s hopes, Penny Johnson Jerald (who plays Doctor Claire Finn) was asked by Winter is Coming what she can tease about the future and she simply said “give us another season!”

Red Shirts Always Die reports that the cast has been released from contracts but it’s obvious that there’s a desire to continue.

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Fans hope The Orville gets renewed

Going back to what Seth said, audience response is very important.

Fortunately, the fans have already been vocal about their hopes for more on Twitter and the hashtag #RenewtheOrville campaign is putting pressure on Hulu to make the right decision.

Check out a selection of tweets:

‘There’s talk about a movie’

Peter Macon (who plays Bortus) recently sat down with Small Screen and reveals that there’s even talk of a movie.

“I was at [Seth MacFarlane’s] house a while ago and he was like ‘Season 4, Season 4, Season 4’,” he revealed, before saying “there’s talk about a movie.”

In keeping with the other cast members’ aspirations, he added: “I certainly hope that this is not the end because it took so long to renew and to shoot Season 3, you know, it took a long time.”

The Orville is streaming on Hulu and Disney+.

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