The week in watching: Disney’s streaming plans, Beychella, and Iron Throne selfies in Boston

Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, shown in the original ”High School Musical.” The new Disney+ outlet will be launching a scripted series that follows a group of students getting ready for their school’s production of “High School Musical.”
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Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, shown in the original ”High School Musical.” The new Disney+ outlet will be launching a scripted series that follows a group of students getting ready for their school’s production of “High School Musical.”

Your TV GPS, Globe critic Matthew Gilbert’s guide to what’s on television, appears at the beginning of each week at Today’s column covers April 15-21.


Just what we need: ANOTHER streaming outlet with tons of original series. Right?

Despite Amazon, Hulu, HBO Now, Netflix, DirecTV Now, DC Universe, Acorn TV, CBS All Access, Shudder, College Humor, and upcoming services from Apple and WarnerMedia, Disney+ is on the way, set to launch on Nov. 12.

The catalog of old movies and shows on Disney+ — from Disney, Pixar, “Star Wars,” Marvel Studios, and National Geographic — will be supplemented by new stuff, including live-action series, animated series, documentaries, and movies. Here’s some of the Disney+ content on the way, which, to me, is far less attractive than Apple’s upcoming shows:

“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”


This 10-episode scripted series is a deep dive into Meta-ville. It follows a group of students getting ready for their school’s production of “High School Musical” — which, if you want to feel old, came out 13 years ago.

“Lady and the Tramp”

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A live-action movie retelling of the 1955 animated classic with the voices of Tessa Thompson, Justin Theroux, Janelle Monae, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Sam Elliot.

“The Mandalorian”

The first live-action “Star Wars” TV series is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order, and it will follow a lone gunfighter. The cast includes Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, and Nick Nolte. (Here are some visuals.)

“The World According to Jeff Goldblum”

In this unscripted series, the always quirky Goldblum looks into the past, present, and future of ordinary objects such as sneakers or ice cream.


Based on the young adult novel of the same name, this teen coming-of-age movie is about a 16-year-old boy (Graham Verchere) whose life is changed by an offbeat new student named Stargirl (Grace VanderWaal).

Three Marvel Studios series


Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany in “WandaVision,” Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan in “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier,” and Tom Hiddleston in “Loki.”

“Diary of a Female President”

A Cuban-American 12-year-old girl navigates middle school. She is the future president of the United States.

Untitled Cassian Andor series

Diego Luna returns as rebel spy Cassian Andor in this thriller series set prior to the events of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” Stephen Schiff from “The Americans” is the showrunner and executive producer.

“Cinema Relics”

This anthology docu-series looks at the props and costumes of beloved films — who created them, the actors who used them, and the collectors who own them.

“Timmy Failure”

Based on “Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made,” the illustrated book about an 11-year-old detective by Stephan Pastis, this movie will be directed by Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”) with a screenplay by McCarthy and Pastis.

The new ABC sitcom “Bless This Mess” follows newlyweds Rio (Lake Bell) and Mike (Dax Shepard) as they make the decision to move from New York to rural Nebraska.
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The new ABC sitcom “Bless This Mess” follows newlyweds Rio (Lake Bell) and Mike (Dax Shepard) as they make the decision to move from New York to rural Nebraska.



1. Just about everyone is in the BeyHive at this point, so listen up. Last year, Beyoncé was the first black woman to headline Coachella, inspiring some to call it “Beychella.” Now her spectacular performance, which included more than 100 dancers and musicians as it paid tribute to historically black colleges and universities, is the subject of a Netflix documentary called “Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé.” (Here’s proof positive.) This is definitely not to be confused with Julia Roberts’s Bey-less “Homecoming.” The movie tracks her Coachella moment from conception to rehearsals to finished performance. It will be available on Wednesday.

2. TV is crowded with portrayals of the Muslim experience in America — NOT. That makes “Ramy,” a 10-episode comedy about a first-generation Egyptian-American Muslim in New Jersey, something distinctive. Written by and starring Ramy Youssef, the show focuses on the way he is emotionally torn between the Muslim community and being a millennial. Produced by Jerrod Carmichael, it’s available Friday on Hulu.

3. Lake Bell and Dax Shepard play New Yorkers who decide to drop out and move to backwoods Nebraska in ABC’s “Bless This Mess,” Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. An anonymous source leaked some of the script to me, and here’s exclusive material for you. He: “The chores.” She: “The stores.” He: “Fresh air.” “She: “Times Square.” The show also features Ed Begley Jr. and Pam Grier.

4. Netflix has another romantic comedy premiere, this one starring Gina Rodriguez from “Jane the Virgin.” In “Someone Great,” Rodriguez’s aspiring music journalist gets a job in San Francisco, which leads her boyfriend (Lakeith Stanfield) to break up with her. To nurse her broken heart, she and her two best friends (DeWanda Wise and Brittany Snow) have one last outrageous adventure in New York City. It’s available on Friday.

5. Cedric the Entertainer and Smokey Robinson host “Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration,” which was recorded live in February in LA. The performances include John Legend singing “Mercy Mercy Me,” Ne-Yo covering “I’ll Be There,” Ciara doing “Give It to Me Baby,” Stevie Wonder singing a medley of hits, and Diana Ross singing “My Man” while sitting next to Berry Gordy. Also in the house: Boyz II Men, Lamont Dozier, Fantasia, Brian and Eddie Holland, Thelma Houston, Pentatonix, Martha Reeves, Valerie Simpson, and Meghan Trainor. It airs on CBS, Sunday at 8 p.m.

6. Chris Lilley is an Aussie comic who creates and inhabits characters, kind of like a male Tracey Ullman. His 2007 mockumentary miniseries “Summer Heights High” is one of my all-time favorites. (Here’s a sample episode.) On Friday, Netflix is releasing his newest mockumentary miniseries, “Lunatics,” in which he once again plays a number of eccentric characters, including a pet psychic, a young Instagrammer, a former porn star who is a hoarder, and a YouTuber who is 7-foot-3. A controversy about “Lunatics” is afoot: The pet psychic character, Jana, is South African and has an Afro, which looks like blackface (see her here). But Lilley’s producer tweeted, “When the series is released you will see that Jana is a white woman with huge 70s style curly hair.” So the comic may be doing a Rachel Dolezal type.

7. Six episodes, six objects — the telescope, airplane, robot, car, rocket, and smartphone — that have changed everything. The new PBS series “Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed The World” begins on Wednesday at 10 on WGBH-2 with the telescope, that tool that recently helped us all see the current state of D.C. — I mean, a black hole.



The fifth season picks up 15 months after Bosch brought his mother’s killer to justice. Amazon, Friday

“Amazing Race”

Surreally, it is the 31st-season premiere. CBS, Wednesday, 9 p.m.

Siena Agudong and Lauren Lindsey Donzis in the Netflix series "No Good Nick."

“No Good Nick”

A 13-year-old con artist infiltrates a family led by Melissa Joan Hart and Sean Astin in this multicam comedy. Netflix, Monday

“Brené Brown: The Call to Courage”

The author and TED-talker takes on vulnerability, shame, and courage. Netflix, Friday

“The New Negroes With Baron Vaughn and Open Mike Eagle”

An eight-episode series of socially aware stand-up and music. Comedy Central and BET, Friday, 11 p.m.

“I Am Somebody’s Child: The Regina Louise Story”

A TV movie about a girl who was in more than 30 foster homes and psychiatric facilities before age 18, and the one woman who believed in her. Lifetime, Saturday, 8 p.m.


The very Iron Throne used on “Game of Thrones” is coming to Boston.

On Monday, April 22, it will be with the Red Sox. You’ll need to buy the “Game of Thrones” ticket package if you want to get a photo on the throne — and you’ll only have a chance to do that between 5 and 5:40 p.m., first-come first-served, so . . . That ticket package will include a Red Sox “Bend The Knee” T-shirt.

Per the Red Sox website: “Be there to help us Defend The Wall and see our enemies ‘Bend The Knee’ to the World Series Champs!”

Prior to the Red Sox theme night, on April 19-20, the throne will be hanging out in Downtown Crossing, at Primark. You can get pictures of yourself sitting on it, win some prizes, and use the GIF booth.

Why is Primark doing this? To promote a “Game of Thrones” clothing collection, of course.

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.