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Percy Jackson, What If...? season 2, and more new to TV this week

Plus: a K-drama creature feature and Dragons of Wonderhatch

Percy Jackson (Tyler Scobell) standing with his Camp Half-blood shirt on Photo: David Bukach/Disney
Zosha Millman (she/her) manages TV coverage at Polygon as TV editor, but will happily write about movies, too. She’s been working as a journalist for more than 10 years.

If you’re looking for new TV this week, you’ll probably want to head to Disney Plus — not officially, but that’s where you’ll find a lot of the big new releases in the lead-up to Christmas Eve this week (and, not for nothing, a lot of the family-friendly content for being home for the holidays too). There you’ll find familiar tentpoles like the MCU’s What If...? season 2 and the new Percy Jackson and the Olympians. But you’ll also find Dragons of Wonderhatch, a new world with a partially animated schtick.

Of course, those aren’t the only new TV shows this week, nor are they even all the shows you might be trying to catch up on; there’s a lot of good TV this year! But it’s a good place to start — at least, you know, for this week.

Here’s all the best TV premieres and finales happening this week:

New shows on Netflix

Gyeongseong Creature

Genre: Horror
Release date: Dec. 22
Writer: Kang Eun-kyung
Cast: Park Seo-joon, Han So-hee, Soo Hyun, Kim Hae-sook, Jo Han-chul, Wi Ha-joon, and more

It’s spring 1945 in Gyeongseong, with Korea still under Japanese colonization. The wealthiest, most well-connected person in the city will soon be pairing up with a sleuth to confront a strange creature, and try their best to live to tell the tale. This series will be divided in two parts: Part 1 (with seven episodes) will be coming on Dec. 22, and then part 2 (the remaining three episodes) will be out Jan. 5, 2024.

New shows on Disney Plus

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Genre: YA fantasy adventure
Release date: Dec. 20, with two episodes
Showrunner/creator: Rick Riordan and Jonathan E. Steinberg
Cast: Walker Scobell, Leah Sava Jeffries, Aryan Simhadri, and more

We’re doing Percy Jackson again — but now he’s on TV. Based on the book series by Rick Riordan (and trying to be more like those books than the movie series was), Percy Jackson and the Olympians follows Percy (Walker Scobell) after he finds out he’s actually the son of a Greek god, making him a demigod, and that Zeus suspects he stole a lightning bolt.

What If...? season 2

Genre: Hypothetical super adventures
Release date: Dec. 22, with one episode a day for nine days
Director: Bryan Andrews
Cast: Jeffrey Wright, Hayley Atwell, Josh Keaton, Lake Bell, and more

What If... ? season 2 is here to once again explore — well, exactly what the title says. The Watcher (Jeffrey Wright) will take us through nine new alternate MCU realities. While What If...? plots aren’t exactly known, this season will bring back some faves, like Nebula, Hela, and Happy Hogan, in addition to revisiting the world of the 1602 comic.

Dragons of Wonderhatch

Genre: Fantasy
Release date: Dec. 20, with two episodes
Showrunner/creator: Kentaro Hagiwara
Cast: Sena Nakajima, Daiken Okudaira, Mackenyu, and more

Nagi is a girl in the real world who dreams of being able to fly — and one day finds a fellow misfit in Thaim. The difference is, he’s from the animated world of Upananta, and he feels isolated because he gets teased for not being able to hear the voices of the dragons.

Together, these two set off on an adventure to save Upananta, which will take them across Nagi’s real, live-action world and the animated world of dragons that Thaim comes from.

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