One of the biggest new original series of the year, “Percy Jackson and The Olympians,” has been given a last-minute prime-time release as Disney released the first two episodes of the show were released onto Disney+ six hours earlier than originally planned, following other major titles like “Loki” and “Ahsoka”.
In the series, we are introduced to Percy Jackson, who is on a dangerous quest. Outrunning monsters and outwitting gods, he must journey across America to return Zeus’ master bolt and stop an all-out war. After losing his mother, Percy is sheltered at Camp Half-Blood, a sanctuary for demigod children. He must prove himself and confront his origins once he discovers he too is a demigod, and will take off into the perils of pursuing enemies in search of the Underworld. With the help of his quest mates Annabeth and Grover, Percy’s journey will lead him closer to the answers he seeks: how to fit into a world where he feels out of place, if he’ll ever see his mother again, and if he can ever find out who he’s destined to be.
Initially, the first two episodes of the series were due to be released at midnight Pacific time on Wednesday, 20th December 2023, but instead launched six hours earlier at 6 pm PT / 9 pm ET.
And Disney is also moving up the release schedule for the rest of the series, with a new episode being released each Tuesday evening in the America’s at 6 pm PT / 9 pm ET, in an effort to improve viewership and encourage more social media buzz. It also means fans around the world can enjoy the show a little early (though for those of us in Europe, it’s not dropping in the middle of the night!)
The first episode of “Percy Jackson and The Olympians” was also released on Hulu to help boost viewership.
Pamela Levine, head of marketing, Disney Branded Television and National Geographic Content, said in a statement:
“We’re so grateful for the amazing and dedicated Percy Jackson fans who have enthusiastically supported this project from the very beginning. They’ve been counting down the days, and as a special thank you, we wanted to let our fans enjoy the first two episodes a bit earlier than expected.”
Based on Disney Hyperion’s best-selling book series by award-winning author Rick Riordan, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” stars Walker Scobell (“Percy Jackson”), Leah Sava Jeffries (“Annabeth Chase”), and Aryan Simhadri (“Grover Underwood.) Created by Rick Riordan and Jon Steinberg, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” is executive produced by Steinberg and Dan Shotz alongside Rick Riordan, Rebecca Riordan, The Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Bert Salke, The Gotham Group’s Jeremy Bell and D.J. Goldberg, James Bobin, Jim Rowe, Monica Owusu-Breen, Anders Engström, Jet Wilkinson.
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