The series is still almost two months from hitting the air, but “Love, Victor” has already found itself in the middle of a bit of controversy. But Disney and Hulu hope to put the controversy behind them when the YA series arrives in June.
As seen in the trailer, “Love, Victor” tells the story of teenager Victor, who finds himself on a journey of self-discovery in his new high school and his new community. And it just so happens, the high school that he is joining is Creekwood High School, the setting of the popular 2018 film, “Love, Simon.” And it’s there that the series finds itself embroiled in a heated discussion about what is and isn’t appropriate for a “family-friendly” streaming service.
The series was originally intended to debut on Disney+, as the studio purchased Fox and now controls the rights to the “Love, Simon” franchise. However, it was announced that the new series, “Love, Victor,” would instead debut on Hulu, the Disney-owned streamer that is home to more adult-oriented projects. No official reason was given but reports claim that the move was because “Love, Victor” explored adult situations that aren’t appropriate for Disney+. Many were concerned that Disney+ was pushing the series off its streaming service because of the LGBTQ+ story that is being told. However, others say it was because of issues involving the parents and whatnot. Either way, the series is now at its new home on Hulu, far away from children’s eyes.
The series stars Michael Cimino, Ana Ortiz, James Martinez, Isabella Ferreira, and Mateo Fernandez. “Love, Victor” is co-written by Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker, who also share the showrunning duties for the 10-episode first season.
“Love, Victor” arrives on Hulu on June 19.
Here’s the synopsis:
Set in the world of the 2018 groundbreaking film “Love, Simon,” the series 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. The 10-episode dramedy explores Victor’s colorful and complex world, from his loving family, to his new friends and first crushes.