12:08pm PT by Rick Porter
'High School Musical' Series on Disney+ Renewed for Season 2 Ahead of Debut
Disney's High School Musical series and the platform on which it is set to run have yet to debut, but the show is getting a second season.
Disney+ has ordered another run for High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, which will debut when Disney+ launches Nov. 12. The series will also get on on-air preview on ABC, Disney Channel and Freeform on Nov. 8.
Production on the second season is set to begin in early 2020.
The series, set at East High and following a group of students putting on a stage production of the High School Musical movie, comes from creator and executive producer Tim Federle (Ferdinand).
"We are incredibly excited to bring the next chapter of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series to Disney+," Ricky Strauss, president content and marketing at Disney+, said Friday in a statement. "Tim and this talented cast have delivered a first season that is uplifting, funny, touching and relatable across generations. We are confident that the world, like us, will want much more of these characters, incredible songs and moments of joy."
The 10-episode series, shot documentary style, will follow the students mounting the HSM production from auditions to opening night. Along the way, they experience budding romances, faltering friendships and fierce rivalries, along with the transformative power of high school theater.
The cast is led by Joshua Bassett (Disney Channel's Stuck in the Middle) as Ricky, who auditions for the show in an effort to win back his ex-girlfriend, Nini (Olivia Rodrigo). The cast also includes Kate Reinders as East High's spirited drama teacher; Sofia Wylie, Matt Cornett, Dara Reneé, Julia Lester, Frankie A. Rodriguez and Larry Saperstein as East High students; and Mark St. Cyr as the school's by-the-book STEM teacher.
"We challenged executive producer Tim Federle to reimagine the world of High School Musical for a contemporary audience," said Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide. "At every turn, Tim has delivered a show that's imaginative, layered, optimistic and heartfelt, one that remains reverential to the original High School Musical premise while carving out its own identity with new characters, new relationships and both new and familiar songs. We're thrilled to have the encouragement and support for a second season from our platform partners at Disney+."
Federle executive produces the series. Tamra Davis (Star, You're the Worst) directed and exec produced the first episode; Oliver Goldstick and HSM movie franchise producers Bill Borden and Barry Rosenbush are also EPs on the first episode.
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series will be one of several originals available when Disney+ bows, alongside the Star Wars series The Mandalorian and the unscripted offerings Encore!, The World According to Jeff Goldblum, Marvel's Hero Project and The Imagineering Story. The service also will have library content from Disney's Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic and Pixar brands.