Disney+ Orders Fourth Season of ‘High School Musical: The Musical — The Series’

Disney+ has ordered a fourth season of its original series “High School Musical: The Musical — The Series” just ahead of its third-season premiere on July 27.

Each of the eight episodes of the third season will stream weekly on Wednesdays, exclusively on Disney+. The Disney Branded Television series, created and executive-produced by Tim Federle, is inspired by the two-time Emmy Award-winning “High School Musical” franchise. The music-driven, GLAAD Media and Kids Choice Award-winning series has garnered record numbers for its soundtracks across the first two seasons and holiday special, with 2 billion combined streams to date, according to a Disney+ release.

“This series continues to deliver best in class drama, humor, and heart,” Ayo Davis, president of Disney Branded Television, said in a statement. “Tim Federle’s vision and interpretation of this legacy IP keeps evolving season over season and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for the Wildcats next.”

“This series has been an epic adventure from the start and I’m beyond grateful that we get to keep making music, telling these stories, and showcasing these exceptional stars,” Federle said in a statement.

Season three of “High School Musical: The Musical — The Series” is set at Camp Shallow Lake, a sleepaway camp in California, as the Wildcats and their fellow campers are primed for a summer ripe with romance, curfew-less nights and a taste of the great outdoors.  Also, there’s a high-stakes production of Frozen on the horizon and a drama-filled “docu-series” of the production in the works.

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“High School Musical: The Musical — The Series” season three stars Joshua Bassett, Sofia Wylie, Matt Cornett, Julia Lester, Dara Reneé, Frankie Rodriguez, Saylor Bell Curda and Adrian Lyles. Also featured this season are recurring guest stars Aria Brooks, Liamani Segura and Ben Stillwell  as well as guest stars Corbin Bleu, Meg Donnelly, Jason Earles, Kate Reinders, Olivia Rose Keegan, Olivia Rodrigo, Larry Saperstein and Joe Serafini.

 

Disney+ Presents ‘High School Musical: The Musical’ Holiday Special Dec. 11

The cast of the Disney+ series “High School Musical: The Musical — The Series” will perform their favorite Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s songs and share their fondest holiday memories in a 45-minute holiday special presented by the subscription streaming service Dec. 11.

High School Musical: The Musical — The Holiday Special will also feature a sneak peek performance from the upcoming second season of the series, which deals with a fictional high school theater group staging a performance of High School Musical.

The special will include series regulars Olivia Rodrigo, Joshua Bassett, Matt Cornett, Sofia Wylie, Larry Saperstein, Julia Lester, Dara Reneé, Frankie Rodriguez, Joe Serafini, Mark St. Cyr and Kate Reinders singing holiday songs and sharing anecdotes of memorable holidays from their childhoods, best and most embarrassing presents, favorite traditions, family photos and poignant New Year’s resolutions.

Bassett will also debut an acoustic version of an original song which he wrote for season two.

“The holidays remind us of the universal importance of family and loved ones,” Tim Federle, executive producer and director of the special, said in a statement. “The cast of ‘High School Musical: The Musical — The Series’ is its own kind of family, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to share their favorite holiday music and traditions with our viewers.”

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High School Musical: The Musical — The Holiday Special: The Soundtrack, featuring holiday songs performed by the cast in the special, will be available beginning Nov. 20 on all major music services and streaming platforms.

Season one of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” is currently available on Disney+.

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Vanessa Hudgens Plugs New Netflix Holiday Movie on Black Friday

Move over Hallmark and Lifetime. Netflix, which is streaming original winter holiday-themed romantic comedy The Princess Switch, starring Vanessa Hudgens (Spring Breakers), upped public awareness of the title Nov. 23 by releasing a YouTube video featuring the High School Musical star sharing her holiday traditions and behind-the-scenes moments.

The movie, which finds a duchess switching places with an ordinary woman (both played by Hudgens) from Chicago and they each fall in love with each other’s beaus — co-stars British actor/musician Sam Palladio (“Nashville”). It was filmed in Romania.