Release Date, Cast, Renewed or Canceled
‘The Orville’ is an American science fiction comedy drama television series that airs on the Fox network. Created by famed (and arguably controversial) comedy actor Seth MacFarlane, the show tracks the journeys of the space exploration ship, the Orville, and its crew as they travel across the galaxy on a variety of missions. Interestingly, MacFarlane’s love for ‘Star Trek’ is quite apparent in ‘The Orville’, which borrows heavily from the franchise’s visual style. However, in its thrust, ‘The Orville’ is quite different from the ‘Star Trek’ franchise, and has a strong focus on light comedy and themes of morality.
For those unaware, ‘The Orville’ is a relatively new show that first aired on September 10, 2017. Despite Season 1 getting mixed (and even confused) reactions, Fox decided to renew the show a couple of months later, announcing the renewal on November 2, 2017. More than a year later, Season 2 of the show made its way to viewers’ screens, premiering on December 30, 2018. Notably, Season 2 made up for Season 1’s disappointing debut, and managed to earn brownie points from critics and audiences alike. Now fans are waiting for the third season. Here’s everything we know about it.
The Orville Cast: Who’s in it?
As far as the cast of the show is concerned, ‘The Orville’ has quite a few major characters.
Leading the pack is Seth MacFarlane as Captain Ed Mercer, the commander of the exploratory ship, the Orville. At Mercer’s side is his ex-wife and first officer, Commander Kelly Grayson, who is played by Adrianne Palicki.
Penny Johnson Jerald plays the role of the Orville’s chief medical officer, Dr. Claire Finn, and Mark Jackson plays the role of Isaac, the ship’s chief science and engineering officer. Mercer’s best friend and the ship’s helmsman, Lt. Gordon Malloy, is played by Scott Grimes, while Halston Sage and Peter Macon play the roles of chief of security Lt. Alara Kitan and second officer Lt. Cmdr. Bortus, respectively. Another important character in the show is the Orville’s navigator, Lt. John LaMarr, who is played by J. Lee.
Apart from these main characters, the show has several supporting characters such as Admiral Halsey (played by Victor Garber), Kylden (played by Chad Coleman), and Lt. Yaphit (voiced by Norm MacDonald), among others. The full list is quite exhaustive.