Andor: Disney+ Star Wars Show to Air on ABC

Disney is giving the acclaimed Diego Luna drama Andor an unprecedented cross-platform holiday rollout across ABC, FX, Freeform and Hulu.

The company is going to air the Star Wars drama’s first two episodes on ABC — along with FX, Freeform and Hulu. It marks the first time a Disney+ Star Wars series has run on the broadcast network.

The move comes as the show’s first season finale will stream on Disney+.

In Andor star Diego Luna reprises his Rogue One rebel fighter Cassian Andor.

Many critics regard the show as the best Star Wars series yet, praising its grown-up tone, relatively complex morality and strong visual effects. But Andor has struggled to bring in as many viewers as predecessors such as The Mandalorian and Obi-Wan and its first half of the season has been criticized by some Star Wars fans as a slow burn. The cross-platform push suggests Disney has faith that the series has the potential to draw a bigger audience.

Andor is “set five years before the events of Rogue One and focuses on Cassian and his journey toward becoming a rebel hero. The tale is set against the backdrop of a burgeoning rebellion against a ruthless Empire, where people and planets are drawn into a conflict that will have far-reaching effects across the galaxy.”