If you were looking forward to binging Hulu’s Love, Victor, you might want to update your calendar.
The streaming service announced today that it would be moving the series’ original drop date from June 19, in honor of “Juneteenth,” the day slavery was abolished in America.
“This date represents an important turning point for our nation and for human rights and we believe that now, more than ever, it deserves to have its own day in the spotlight,” Hulu said in a statement.
The good news is that Love, Victor will now drop two days earlier on Wednesday, June 17.
As NewNowNext previously reported, Love, Victor is set in the same universe as Love, Simon. It was originally slated to debut on Disney+, Disney’s streaming service, but the spin-off series landed at Hulu.
According to the official press release, Love, Victor follows Victor, “a new student at Creekwood High School on his own journey of self-discovery, facing challenges at home, adjusting to a new city, and struggling with his sexual orientation. When it all seems too much, he reaches out to Simon to help him navigate the ups and downs of high school.”
This Is Us showrunners Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker—who wrote the Love, Simon screenplay based on a YA novel by author Becky Albertalli—are showrunners and executive producers of Love, Victor.
Nick Robinson, who starred as gay teen Simon Spier in the groundbreaking 2018 film, will return to produce and narrate the series. Cimino stars as Victor, along with Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty) as Isabel, “Victor’s smart and warm mother who loves her husband and her family, but is under a lot of pressure as they move their family across the country.”
“Love, Victor is funny, heartfelt and deeply affecting, and we were incredibly taken with the project,” said Craig Erwich, SVP of originals at Hulu. “The show’s contemporary lens and honest storytelling make it a perfect fit for the millions of fans on Hulu who already watch and see themselves in series like Looking for Alaska, Pen15, and Grown-ish.”
“With Hulu now an integral part of our streaming family, our teams are closely collaborating and we have the unique ability to choose the best home for our original productions. All of us at Disney+ are incredibly proud of Love, Victor, and know the series will be a perfect addition to Hulu’s strong slate of young adult programming,” said Ricky Strauss, president of Disney+ content and marketing.
Sources noted that the Mouse House “felt many issues explored on the show, including alcohol use and sexual exploration, would not fit in with the family-friendly content on Disney+.”