‘The Orville’ won’t be back until late 2020, and it will now be seen on Hulu, not FOX. But it would seem that production is likely to begin soon, as Anne Winters has signed on as a series regular. She will portray a character named Charly Burke, but beyond that, no further details were revealed. Created and written by Seth MacFarlane, ‘The Orville’ follows the crew of the spacecraft of the same name, as they explore the universe. Winters joins MacFarlane himself, who portrays Captain Ed Mercer, plus Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald, Scott Grimes, Peter Macon, J Lee, Mark Jackson, Chad L. Coleman, and Jessica Szohr.
Winters was recently seen in the STX Films horror flick ‘Countdown’, and starred in ABC’s summer series ‘Grand Hotel’, which was canceled after only one season. Before that, she appeared on Netflix’s ’13 Reasons Why’ as Chlöe Rice. She also starred as Mia on the go90 series ‘Zac and Mia’, and appeared in the comedy film ‘Night School’ with Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish. Among her other credits are ‘Tyrant’, ‘Wicked City’, and ‘The Fosters’.
It was announced this past summer, at SDCC that ‘The Orville’ was moving to Hulu due to the demands of producing such an effects-heavy series and its inability to meet a fall ’19 launch date for FOX. As MacFarlane said at that time:
“The Orville has been a labor of love for me, and there are two companies which have supported that vision in a big way: 20th Century Fox Television, where I’ve had a deal since the start of my career, and Fox Broadcasting Company, now Fox Entertainment, which has been my broadcast home for over 20 years. My friends at the network understood what I was trying to do with this series, and they’ve done a spectacular job of marketing, launching and programming it for these past two seasons. But as the show has evolved and become more ambitious production-wise, I determined that I would not be able to deliver episodes until 2020, which would be challenging for the network. So we began to discuss how best to support the third season in a way that worked for the show. It’s exactly this kind of willingness to accommodate a show’s creative needs that’s made me want to stick around for so long. I am hugely indebted to Charlie Collier and Fox Entertainment for their generosity and look forward to developing future projects there. And to my new friends at Hulu, I look forward to our new partnership exploring the galaxy together.”
As a trade-off, producer Tom Costantino declared that the episodes will be 12-15 minutes longer than those that aired on FOX.
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