Why 'The Orville: New Horizons' Won't Come Out in March and When It'll Make Its Hulu Debut

The crew of The Orville are set to launch on their new adventure on Hulu, but their return is going to be later than originally planned.

Fans of the sci-fi comedy series have been waiting for quite some time for it to come back for its third season, after delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic pushed it further back then originally anticipated.

The Orville: New Horizons was meant to be released on Hulu on March 10 but it has once again been delayed, with creator Seth MacFarlane explaining why this is the case and when it will now come out.

Why 'The Orville: New Horizons' Won't Come Out in March

The Orville Season 3, or The Orville: New Horizons as it is now known, was first announced back in July 2019 when it was reported the show would move from Fox to Hulu, per Deadline.

Filming originally began in October 2019 but production was forced to shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. Production briefly resumed from December 2020 to January 2021 before it was shut down again, and it was picked up once more in February 2021 and finished in August that same year.

Following these delays, the show was meant to be released in March on Hulu but on Saturday, February 5, MacFarlane announced the show would be delayed once again because of scheduling issues.

Explaining in a statement he shared on Instagram, MacFarlane said: "To all The Orville fans: Thanks for being so patient with us as we've navigated the production challenges resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

"As occasionally happens, our show has been repositioned amidst the ever-changing television schedule landscape, which means that the wait will be just a bit longer."

When 'The Orville: New Horizons' Will Make Its Hulu Debut

The Orville: New Horizons is the first season of the show on Hulu after it was moved to there following two seasons on Fox.

Joining MacFarlane are Adrianne Palicki (Cmdr. Kelly Grayson), Scott Grimes (Lt. Gordon Malloy), Penny Johnson Jerald (Dr. Claire Finn), Peter Macon (Lt. Cmdr. Bortus), J. Lee (Lt. Cmdr. John LaMarr), Mark Jackson (Isaac), Chad L. Coleman (Klyden), Jessica Szohr (Lt. Talla Keyali) and Anne Winters (Ensign Charly Burke).

In his statement, MacFarlane confirmed that the show would now be released from Thursday, June 2, and episodes are expected to air on a weekly basis.

He said: "We've always promised you a television experience that will make it worth the wait, and we're not wavering on that."

MacFarlane added that he understood fan frustration and shared a clip for Season 3's opening few minutes as well as its new opening credits to tide them over until it returns to the small screen.

The dramatic Season 3 opening saw the Orville caught up in an intense battle, with the ship being bombarded by the enemy as one recruit runs back to his brother, before Isaac (Mark Jackson) unexpectedly attacks them.

The Orville: New Horizons will land on Hulu on Thursday, June 2.

The Orville New Horizons
L-R: Bruce Boxleitner, Scott Grimes, Lisa Banes, Victor Garber, Anne Winters, Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki and Mark Jackson in "The Orville: New Horizons". The show's release date has been delayed to Thursday, June 2 from March 10. Michael Desmondl/Hulu