Seth MacFarlane Explains Name Change for The Orville

Fans of The Orville may have noticed that it got a bit of a name change when it returned this season. Now on Hulu, the show is called The Orville: New Horizons. This also comes as the show now is under Disney ownership after it acquired 21st Century Fox.

The new name is something that came straight from Chairman of Disney General Entertainment Content, Dana Walden. It also is something that Seth MacFarlane became an instant fan of. In an interview with Collider, he shared how the change came about.

“Adding a subtitle was actually Dana Walden’s idea, and I thought it was a really good one. That’s my boss over at Disney who I’ve worked with and been friends with for a long time. That was her idea. And I thought it was kind of cool because it’s not a reboot, it’s a continuation, but it was just enough to tell the audience that we’re expanding a little bit. That the scope is bigger. The show is more ambitious. It’s going to feel more like a movie. It’s maybe going to feel a little more special. And it seemed appropriate also because it’s been a few years since we’ve been on the air and we’ve moved to Hulu and it’s a 10-episode run as opposed to, a 13-episode run. I guess it’s not that big a difference. It seemed like it was an idea that was pitched to me that I like.”

The name change comes as the show has grown in scope and also has taken on a more Star Trek: The Next Generation feel. This season, the DAPS MAGIC team has been reviewing the show and comparing it to Star Trek on a weekly basis as well.

What do you think of the name change for The Orville to The Orville: New Horizons? Do you watch the show? What do you think of it? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below.


8 responses to “Seth MacFarlane Explains Name Change for The Orville”

  1. I just finished semi-binge watching the entire series. I’ve seen seasons one and two before and couldn’t wait to see season three. I’m happy to say the anticipation was well worth the wait. In simple terms, it was awesome! While I have quibbles about some of the cosmetic changes, the stories were top notch all the way. You really couldn’t ask for much better.

    Do I want a fourth season? Hell yeah!

  2. Subhadhrā Gunn Avatar
    Subhadhrā Gunn

    I was sad that it ended. I binge watched all 3 seasons on Disney+. (I saw seasons 1 and 2 before, but that was quite awhile back.) There is SO MUCH MORE to be continued in another season. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE… continue with a fourth season.

    1. Totally agreed! Here’s hoping we get more seasons!

  3. Angela P Kosie Avatar
    Angela P Kosie

    The Orville is an excellent show, it’s very well done. It has multiple well defined, eccentric characters. It’s an adventure every show with the best of a Star Treky milieu. Keep it going! It’s legendary!
    Thanks, Kosie

    1. We totally agree! Here is hoping there are more seasons on the way!

  4. Anton C Kowalski Avatar
    Anton C Kowalski

    I love the name change I just got done watching domino and let me tell you the allegory to the hydrogen fusion. Bomb is just incredible hats off to Seth and the ending. Wow.

  5. David Durham Avatar
    David Durham

    Orville: New Horizons is a fantastic growth platform for the show, it’s deeper, humor is toned down but still keeps the original feeling, a new take on a space adventure, I only hope that the show gains some traction, it would be a crime to stop a show of this caliber, just when we’re all getting tired of space adventures ending, Orville: New Horizons has the fan base that deserves a multi season pickup. I’m an explorer of my mind and I want more shows that stimulate the nude and imagination. Don’t stop a great show over money or politics let the fans have a weekly escape, and to continue space exploration through the eyes of Seth. I’m sure you can find a way to get the traction you need, from the bottom of my heart, this show is what space fans were waiting for. We need more shows like this, and STAR WARS, and STAR TREK. Everything we love ended and no one except Seth picked up the ball and ran with it. Humorous and Serious can work together Seth just figured it out without a musical, out of nowhere Thank you for your effort to fill a hole, in a space adventure episodic story… a true enthusiast… David D.

  6. Deborah Arnold Avatar
    Deborah Arnold

    I watched Orville every week. It’s a great show.

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