The Orville season 4 gets an optimistic update from star Chad L. Coleman. When it concluded in August 2022, The Orville: New Horizons left the door open for more stories. However, as of January, Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment president Craig Erwich gave a murky assessment of the show’s future. Erwich praised series creator and star Seth Macfarlane for his work on the sci-fi comedy and acknowledged the fanbase, but he cautioned there was nothing new to share about whether the series would be renewed for more episodes.
Coleman, who plays Klyden on The Orville, recently spoke to CinemaBlend and gave a cautiously hopeful update on the possibility of season 4. The actor said that there’s a belief that it will happen, but that “things are still up in the air.” In the quote, which is included below, Coleman adds that Macfarlane has a good relationship with Dana Walden, who was named Co-Chairman of Disney Entertainment in February:
We’re all in the loop and out of the loop. We think it’s gonna happen, but it’s still up in the air. There’s so much going on with all of these studios that it’s just like, ‘Well, we gotta settle this thing first, then we can really decide on that thing.’ A bunch of that is going on. We hope so. Seth has an amazing relationship with Dana [Walden] and with Disney, who’s running it now. And they said they’ve had promising meetings, so we’ll see.
Where Do Things Stand With The Orville Season 4?
From a story perspective, The Orville: New Horizon‘s finale offers resolution while still keeping the door open to further exploration. The episode wraps up with a ceremony. The crew, along with the rest of the Kaylon fleet, are present for a wedding that allows several characters, including Alara (Halston Sage), to have poignant moments. In some senses, it manages to be a satisfying farewell to The Orville without delivering a definitive send-off. It keeps the central characters in a good place yet, nonetheless, leaves a few threads hanging from previous episodes.
As far as The Orville season 4 and what the cast has said about it, there has been no confirmation about the fate of the show one way or the other. In comments to ScreenRant, back in August, Macfarlane revealed that more episodes could depend on the Disney+ viewership of The Orville. He added that he felt supported by the teams at both Hulu and Disney.
NASA recently paid tribute to The Orville, with its “Research Opportunities In Earth And Space Sciences (ROSES-23)” including references to characters from the show. It’s hoped that the show’s name recognition could help to get it more episodes, even as Disney+ is looking to downsize its programming and original scripted series. So far in 2023, Disney+ has made some high-profile cancelations. Those include Big Shot and the Mighty Ducks spinoff.