Covid-19 caused all sorts of problems for The Orville: New Horizons.
By the time season three of The Orville: New Horizons premiered, it had been three years since the series had last aired on Fox. Creator Seth MacFarlane attributed the delays to the pandemic which had shut down a fair amount of productions. The cast and crew pressed on and were finally able to complete the third season but not without significant difficulties. Those difficulties even caused one episode of this season, which MacFarlane penned, to be scrapped, but it will be brought to life in a different medium.
MacFarlane told his 13.7 million followers on Twitter that rather than letting the episode vanish altogether, it was adapted as a novelization.
The Orville: New Horizons novella will release on July 19th.
Only 120 pages long, the novella, entitled The Orville: Sympathy for the Devil, will release in both digital and audio formats (narrated by Bruce Boxleitner who just recently guest-starred on The Orville) and will be available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Apple Books for the audio.
The novella takes place after the 8th episode of the third season, which has yet to air. The cover art, according to TVLine, is “an original piece from Bill Sienkiewicz, an Eisner-winning, Emmy-nominated artist best known for revamping the style of comic and graphic novel illustration.”
Here’s the official book description:
"When Captain Ed Mercer and the crew of the U.S.S. Orville come face-to-face with one of humanity’s most vile ideologies, they must solve the moral conundrum of who to hold accountable for evil deeds real… and imagined. Occurring just after episode 308, this is the Orville like you’ve never seen it before."
The novella and audiobook are already available for preorder for only $2.99, which is a relatively inexpensive price, for the ebook and $6.99 for the audio, which is an even more reasonable price. And it sounds like this is going to be one you don’t want to miss.