Disney is giving Andor a nearly unprecedented cross-platform push. The critically acclaimed Star Wars series, which is now most of the way through its 12-episode first season, will reportedly be available to stream on Hulu over Thanksgiving weekend. The service will only carry the show’s first two episodes, which will also air on ABC, FX, and Freeform throughout the holiday week. The special broadcasts will occur on back-to-back-to-back nights, with each channel taking a turn in the spotlight. ABC will air the premiere episodes on Wednesday, FX on Thursday, and Freeform on Friday.
While Andor, created by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story writer Tony Gilroy, has been the most critically well-received series from Lucasfilm since it began putting projects on Disney+, it’s struggled to find a sizable audience in the same way Obi-Wan Kenobi and The Mandalorian have before it. Starring Diego Luna in the title role, the series acts as a prequel to Rogue One, telling the story of Cassian Andor in the years before his fateful Rebel mission to steal the Death Star plans. It has thus far been praised for its character work and storytelling, with many fans labeling it as the best Star Wars has been in a long time. Hopefully, the decision to temporarily make the series available elsewhere, other than exclusively on Disney+, helps garner the project a larger audience before its second season arrives in the coming years.