Disney+ will no longer release original series on Fridays

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When you can first watch new episodes of “The Mandalorian” is about to change.

Starting in July, all Disney+ original series will be released on Wednesdays rather than Fridays, according to Variety.

That way you can get all that binging in before the weekend when your friends will annoyingly ask you to leave the house and go do something with them IRL.

The move is meant to give the service’s original series a little more leverage within the schedule.

Another factor was probably that rival streaming services Netflix and Amazon release their original programming on Fridays. Interesting, since, as The Hollywood Reporter notes, Fridays have historically been seen as the worst times to premiere new shows on terrestrial TV networks. However, Disney+’s original movies will still release on Fridays.

Loki,” the newest entry into the Marvel Universe, was the first Disney+ original to be released on a Wednesday, and last week’s premiere was reportedly the service’s most watched premiere so far.

If not exactly a vintage capitulation, this kind of programming interestingly mirrors older TV network habits that relied on viewers turning in on specific nights, rather than the stream binging trends of the last few years.

This new move does mean some series that were already announced have been bumped back a bit.

According to The Verge, “Monsters, Inc.” spinoff, “Monsters at Work,” will now release on Wednesday, July 7, while “Turner & Hooch” has shifted to Wednesday, July 21. A couple of new shows will land earlier however, like “The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse,” which will now be available on July 28 rather than July 30th.

While there has been no official announcement of when the third season of “The Mandalorian” will premiere, you can now expect it will be on a Wednesday.

As “Loki” lead actor Tom Hiddleston said, “Wednesdays are the new Fridays.”

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