UPDATE: The Orville Season 2 will air fall 2018, after all, per Seth MacFarlane:
To correct a bit of misreporting: No, there won’t be an Orville/Family Guy crossover, and yes, The Orville season 2 will arrive later this year.
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) January 7, 2018
The Orville Season 2 has expanded to 14 episodes, up to from the sci-fi comedy’s first season, creator/star Seth MacFarlane revealed to TVGuide:
“I think it’s going to be at least 14 [episodes],” MacFarlane said. That’s more than the 12 that made up Season 1, but considerably less than the typical 22-episode order count for broadcast shows, but there’s a reason for that. “I’d rather do fewer episodes and have them be better content-wise than do 22 and have them be filler.” The 14 episodes may actually be the result of Season 1 moving an episode back to Season 2, so if you want to get technical about it, it’s really two 13-episode seasons.
However, the increased Season 2 order means a delay for The Orville, with MacFarlane revealing that the effects-heavy series wont ready for fall 2018:
“No, there’s too much to do.”
As such, The Orville Season 2 is slated to premiere in 2019.
Stay tuned for the fixed release date and Season 3 status…