Fox has renewed Seth MacFarlane's sci-fi comedy The Orville for a second season of space-setshenanigans. Fox Broadcasting Company President Michael Thorn made the announcement shortly after episode eight was broadcast in the US.

"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 Orvilletravels in the second season."

Set in the 25th Century, MacFarlane stars as the newly appointed Captain of the exploratory space vessel The Orville and is teamed with his ex-wife (Adrianne Palicki) as his second in command. Critics have been divided about MacFarlane's latest foray into live-action, but the Family Guy and Ted creator has attracted an array of A-list talent on both sides of the camera. The pilot was helmed by Jon Favreau, and episode five was directed by Star Trek The Next Generation's Jonathan Frakes. MacFarlane also lured Jeffrey Tambor, Liam Neeson, Victor Garber, and Charlize Theron to guest star.

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I wasn't a fan of MacFarlane's previous live-action sitcom Dads, and the Star Trek spoof has already been done to perfection with Galaxy Quest. I'm genuinely surprised that Fox has renewed the series based on the savage reviews, but The Orville is proving a solid hit in the ratings with close to seven million people tuning in every week. UK viewers can catch The Orville on FoxTV UK from December 14.

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