‘Star Trek: Voyager’ alum Robert Picardo is returning for the second season of ‘The Orville,’ and director Jon Cassar revealed the first look at Picardo on set. Cassar shared a photo of himself with Picardo and ‘The Orville’ creator Seth MacFarlane on Twitter.
— Jon Cassar (@joncassar) March 24, 2018
Picardo played the Emergency Medical Hologram, The Doctor on ‘Star Trek: Voyager,’ and appeared in a first season episode of ‘The Orville’ as the father of The Orville’s chief security officer, Lt. Alara Kitan.
In the episode, Alara freezes when she stands before an open flame while on her way to rescue a crew member trapped under a bulkhead in engineering. The officer dies and Alara blames herself for not being able to overcome her fear. In an attempt to understand why she reacted to the fire the way she did, Alara calls her parents on her home planet of Xeleya. She speaks with both her mother and her father, played by Picardo.
In addition to playing The Doctor on ‘Star Trek: Voyager,’ Picardo was also nominated for an Emmy Award for his role as Coach Cutlip on ‘The Wonder Years,’ and appeared in another sci-fi franchise, ‘Stargate,’ as Richard Woolsey. Cassar’s other television credits include ‘Revolution,’ ‘Continuum,’ ‘Nikita,’ ‘Fringe,’ ‘Person of Interest,’ ‘Terra Nova,’ ‘The Kennedys,’ and ‘24.’
‘The Orville’ also added another ‘Star Trek’ veteran, Joe Menosky, as an executive producer in season two and added a couple of new faces to the cast, including Jessica Szohr as a new series regular and Chris Johnson in a recurring role.
‘The Orville’ was Fox’s biggest premiere since ‘Empire’ and was soon renewed for a second season. Michael Thorn, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company gave a statement regarding the renewal, saying:
“Once again Seth has struck a powerful chord with viewers. He has delivered a series full of optimism, drama and his trademark humor. We want to thank him and the rest of the talented cast, as well as the producers and crew, for an incredible first season. We can’t wait to see where ‘The Orville’ travels in the second.”
‘The Orville’ returns in late 2018.