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It’s no surprise, Disney+ has been a hit, and well worth the stand-alone monthly charge for the plethora of series, documentaries, and films, both old and new, that the service offers. From Jeff Goldblum to Baby Yoda, Pixar to Mickey, we are all in.
Whether you are there for the nostalgia, your kids, Marvel, Star Wars, or Pixar, there is something for everyone. And Disney is far from done as 2020 brings a whole slew of new shows, some hotly anticipated since the announcement of Disney+ and others are continuations of the new original shows that are already popular favorites. There is a whole lot to unpack in Disney’s full announcement teaser, so we are starting with a few of the most anticipated series to arrive this year.
The Mandalorian (Season 2)
Season 2 premiers Fall 2020
We were big fans of the 1st season of The Mandalorian. While the show, may have been the most anticipated character to arrive on Disney+ leading up to the service’s debut, it seems no one was prepared for the juggernaut that would be Mando’s small sidekick, Baby Yoda.
Aside from the adorable puppet that stole the world’s heart, however, the space western was the first live-action television series in the Star Wars franchise, and was a solid hit for the studio and Disney+. Writer/creator Jon Favreau found a great blend of classic Star Wars with elements of classic westerns, and a second season was teased before the streaming service even launched. There is no doubt that the adventure will continue when the series returns in late fall.
Diary of a Future President
Series debut January 17
Loosely based on the childhood of show creator and producer Ilana Peña (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Diary of a Future President is a family comedy about a Cuban-American 12-year-old navigating the ups and downs of middle school. The show stars up-and-coming actor Tess Romero (Blind Spot, Alternatino) as Elena, the titular future president, who narrates her adventures in her diary as she takes on the world with fearless enthusiasm, accompanied by her loving mom and mischievous teenage brother.
The show is also co-produced by Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), who also directs the first episode, and guest-stars are the future President Elena all grown up. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hz6stWWu6XI
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Season 7 (and final), February 17, 2020
Disney+ already has the first six seasons of the computer-animated Clone Wars series, as well as the 2008 theatrical film. For those unfamiliar with the series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars takes place between episodes II and III of the prequel trilogy and follows Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi and his apprentice Anakin Skywalker, as well as a host of characters, both new and familiar alike in the war between the Jedi against the Sith, during the fall of the Galactic Republic. The show initially was ended in 2014, but thanks to Disney is getting a 12-episode final season for the well-loved series.
SPOILER ALERT: The next two entries are hard to discuss without mentioning a few key elements of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, so if you haven’t caught up on your MCU, you may want to skip ahead.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Coming to Disney+ in Fall 2020
One of the earliest announcements related to Disney+ was the plan for a slate of MCU limited series staring favorite supporting characters from the franchise. The first out of the gate is The Falcon and the Winter Soldier; a friendship teased in the last few Captain America and Avengers films. The six-episode series stars Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, picking up after the events of Endgame, where Steve Rogers passed on his shield and the Captain America title to Sam.
The show also brings back Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter and Daniel Brühl as Zemo from the Captain America films, along with several new stars, Wyatt Russell, Adepero Oduye, Desmond Chiam, and Miki Ishikawa. The show, written by Derek Kolstad (John Wick franchise) and directed by Kari Skogland (The Handmaid’s Tale), promises an intriguing blend of comedy, action, and character growth throughout the six-episode miniseries.
Coming to Disney+ in 2020
Initially slated for 2021, Marvel fans are all a-Twitter about the inclusion of WandaVision in the Disney+ 2020 announcement. Another of the MCU limited series, WandaVision will feature Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as, well, Wanda and Vision from the Iron Man/Avengers films. Little is known about the series yet, including how creators will address Vision’s fate in Infinity War, as reports are that the series takes place after the events of the most recent films.
Also intriguing are the stills that Disney+ has released, showing the couple in a 1950s sitcom-style setting and animated title card. Fans have speculated this may link to a similar Vision comic setting, and creators and stars have teased that the show is the weirdest series of the bunch, with a classic sitcom tone crossed with the spectacle expected from the MCU. The series links in two unexpected and seemingly unconnected characters from other Marvel films as well, Kat Dennings’ Darcy Lewis (Thor, Thor: Dark World) and Randall Park’s Jimmy Woo (Ant-Man and the Wasp). Color me curious, indeed.
Coming to Disney+ in 2020
Lizzie McGuire was a staple of the Disney Channel in the early 2000s, following a 13-year-old Lizzie on her struggles through the teenage years and the pressures of junior high. Lizzie occasionally let her inner thoughts and emotions out through an animated version of herself that frequently broke the fourth wall to the audience.
The role launched star Hilary Duff (Younger) into teen stardom and was an icon for a generation of Disney kids. Now, 15 years later, audiences will catch up with Lizzie, about to turn 30, and living a dream-life in New York City. But things aren’t all smooth sailing, and it will take the support of her family, friends, and even her inner 13-year-old, to get her through a big change.
In addition to Duff, the new series will reunite many of the original cast, including Adam Lamberg, as Lizzie’s beloved best bud Gordo. No release date has been announced, and as of January 10, news broke that original series creator and showrunner Terri Minsky was stepping down from the new show after shooting only two episodes, putting filming on hiatus until a new showrunner could be found. As Disney searches for the right creative direction, fans have fingers crossed that things won’t be halted too long.
Coming to Disney+ in 2020
Among the franchises that Disney+ has a finger in is the Muppets, with several of the beloved felt characters’ films showing up on the service. Announced at the Disney+ D23 Expo, Muppets Now is a short-form unscripted or improve series featuring everyone’s favorite Muppets alongside celebrity guests, produced by Muppets Studios. Kermit himself made chimed in on the announcement via his official Twitter but unfortunately was not allowed to give away many details, due to the interference of Joe the Legal Weasel.
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series
Season 2, coming in 2020
Whether or not you were the right age to be a fan of High School Musical, there is no doubt it was a pop-cultural explosion in 2006 (and for several years to follow). The Disney Channel movie was a musical special about rivalry and romance among high school cliques, specifically centered around the big school musical.
The film spawned numerous sequels, launched several careers, and returned to Disney+ with a new incarnation in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. With meta-references to the original, and docu-style elements, the fictional scripted musical series followed teens at the high school where the original movie was filmed as they prepare to stage, well, High School Musical. Season two will tackle a new production, outside of the world of the franchise, but will continue to showcase the musical skills of these very talented teen actors.
How to watch Disney+
Disney+ is an over-the-top or stand-alone streaming service that provides hundreds of hours of content from Disney and its partners. The subscription costs $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year. A subscription allows for unlimited downloads of content to up to 10 devices for viewing offline, and the ability to stream on four different devices simultaneously.
Disney+ is available on mobile devices (iOS and Androids); desktop computers; PlayStation 4 and Xbox One gaming consoles; Roku; Apple TV; smart TVs such as LG, Samsung, and Android TVs; and Chromebook, Chromecast, Apple AirPlay, and Amazon FireTV. Check out our guide to Disney’s new streaming service for supported devices, features and for more details.
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