The Orville first season episode count cut down

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Despite earning a second season renewal earlier this month, Seth MacFarlane’s sci-fi comedy The Orville has had its first season episode order cut down by an episode.

The season was originally supposed to run for 13 episodes, but will now end after 12. Though the reasons behind this decision are unclear, the extra episode will instead be sent over to season two – to air in 2018. TV Guide points out that FOX also did this with Lucifer, for which four episodes were transferred from season two to three.

FOX UK will begin airing The Orville on Thursday 14 December.

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03/11/2017: Seth MacFarlane has a hit on his hands. His Star Trek spoof show, The Orville, got off to a rocky start in the US, but has gradually won Star Trek fans in particular over since.

It’s helped that it’s ended up as a comedy drama as much as an outright comedy. The show hasn’t started its UK run yet, with Fox set to screen the show in Britain from next month. But in the US, it’s now planning ahead for another season run.

For Fox in the US, the show has proven to be a big ratings success, and as such, season two has now been officially ordered.

MacFarlane broke the news of the new run via his Twitter account. Here’s his Tweet…