TV Critic’s Corner

Disney tees up series for its streaming service

Zac Efron and Vanessa Anne Hudgens in Disney’s “High School Musical.”
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Zac Efron and Vanessa Anne Hudgens in Disney’s “High School Musical.”

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.

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