In the latest round of California TV tax credits, Seth MacFarlane’s space dramedy was approved to receive $15.8 million for a third season, up from the $14.5 million incentive it got for Season 2. Good Trouble, a sequel to Freeform’s The Fosters, qualified for a $6.6 million Season 2 credit, up from $4.2 million for Season 1.
While landing a tax credit does not guarantee a pickup, it makes it more likely. Both The Orville and Good Trouble already had been looking promising, with strong support from their networks.
Fox gave the space adventure, created, executive produced by and starring MacFarlane, a lofty launch pad for its second season behind an NFL doubleheader on Dec. 30. It mirrors The Orville’s series premiere which also followed an NFL doubleheader. The series quickly developed devoted following and excelled in delayed and on-demand viewing, averaging 10.7 million total viewers in multi-platform audience last season, up +149% from its Live+Same Day delivery.
Meanwhile, Freeform brass are said to be high on Good Trouble, an offshoot from the network’s family family drama The Fosters, which is slated to debut Jan. 8.