Every confirmed Disney+ TV show and what we’d like to see

Posted: 14 April 2019 1:44 pm News

We share what we know and what we want from every television show currently in production for Disney's upcoming streaming service.

At the time of writing, the Disney+ service is a gathering storm on the horizon. This entertainment giant has wound up almost all of its existing contracts with (now rival) streaming services like Netflix and production is already underway on some exclusive TV and movie content. The so-called "golden age" of television is about to get quite a bit shinier.

What can we expect? Great things, given that Lucasfilm and Marvel Studios fall under Walt's umbrella. Obviously, information on exactly what will be on the service is going to be dispensed in dribs and drabs until the November 12, 2019, the US launch date. But for now, here's everything our (rebel) spies have been able to piece together on the subject.

Every confirmed Disney+ TV show

  1. The Mandalorian
  2. Cassian Andor series
  3. Loki series
  4. Monsters Inc. series
  5. High School Musical series
  6. Star Wars: The Clone Wars return

1. The Mandalorian

What we know

Disney plans to make a big splash on the streaming scene with this Lucasfilm-led, live-action Star Wars TV series. Written and executive produced by Emmy-nominated producer Jon Favreau (who was once in talks to direct The Force Awakens), The Mandalorian centres on a character with ties to fan-favourite Star Wars bounty hunters Jango and Boba Fett. Whether those are familial ties or just a similar fashion sense when it comes to armour, is unclear.

We also know that this warrior's tale is set after the fall of the Galactic Empire but sometime prior to the forming of the Empire 2.0 known as The First Order. Our titular Mandalorian will most likely be a loner on the fringes of known space. A simple man, just trying to make his way in the universe. The series will be available to stream on Disney+ at launch.

What we want to see

Quite a bit, actually. This will be the first Star Wars television series to be live-action so there's a lot of expectation riding on this Mandalorian's armoured shoulders. We'll expect big production values (mostly because the 10 episodes reportedly had $100 million thrown at them) and great writing that doesn't go down the "comedic" path seen in The Last Jedi.

The best-case scenario would be a tone akin to Rogue One. We want this to be grittier than a desert Sarlacc's digestive tract.

2. Cassian Andor

What we know

What we have here is another Star Wars live-action series, only this time it's from the prequel era (which ought to please the meme-loving kids to no end). Rogue One fans will be pleased to hear that this series chronicles the titular rebel spy character that we met, very briefly, in Rogue One. 

Actor Diego Luna is reprising his role and Disney is promising a rousing spy thriller packed with espionage and other derring-do designed to thwart the Empire. Early prediction: the word "hope" will be script spammed like nothing else. Maybe base a drinking game around it. There's no word yet on when this show will become available, but it's expected to drop sometime during year two, so brace yourself for a long wait.

What we want to see

Underhanded stuff, preferably. Cassian was a fascinating character in Rogue One because he went well beyond Han Solo roguishness. Slitting throats for the Rebel Alliance made him quite a ruthless, end-justifies-the-means fellow. Murder was well within his parameters, even if it meant silencing his own operatives for the greater good of the cause. We're curious to see if he was trained that way from the get-go or if his morals took a plunge as the fight became more and more desperate.

3. Loki

What we know

This is a live-action series that'll be a Thor-tful look into the day-to-day of the God of Mischief himself (and no, the God of Thunder hasn't been confirmed to appear, that was just terrible wordplay). Better yet, actor Tom Hiddleston, who played Loki in the Avengers and Thor-themed spin-off films, has confirmed he will reprise his role. This one is expected during year two as well.

What we want to see

In a word, mischief. We always found Loki to be quite a bit more interesting than his straitlaced, Point Break-looking half-brother. What Disney is proposing here isn't a series with a "hero". Loki is a changeable, tricksy beast in his modern Avengers incarnation, but back in the day he was a murderous wannabe despot. Here's hoping that section of his developmental arc is what's explored.

4. Monsters Inc.

What we know

Titled Monsters at Work, the series picks up six months after the events of Monsters, Inc. and follows Tylor Tuskmon, an eager and talented young mechanic who works on the Monsters Inc. facilities team but dreams of working his way up to the Laugh Floor. The cast will include Billy Crystal, John Goodman, John Ratzenberger, Bob Peterson and Jennifer Tilly. It's expected to drop sometime during year one.

What we want to see

Fan-service callbacks to some of the more uniquely designed monsters that Sulley and Mike have encountered during the many years of their partnership. We'd be stoked to see our dynamic duo catch back up with their old college buddies from Oozma Kappa or even some fellow pro-level Scarers from work. Failing that, any chance to sneak a peek into the mysterious world of Monstropolis would be appreciated. And hey, who wouldn't pay to see a Sully/Boo reunion?

5. High School Musical

What we know

Wildcats fans were excited when Disney confirmed that there would be a High School Musical series coming to its new premium streaming service. Following the same format as the movie, a new crop of East High crooners will put on a performance for their high school peers as a winter theatre production. Though we haven't seen the script, we're putting money on the teens discovering that there's plenty of drama offstage as there is on. The series is rumoured to be available at launch.

What we want to see

Honestly? No fake rainbows and sunshines. We want some authentic, soul-destroying high school life mixed in between our toe-tapping songs. Like the nerd of the piece crooning All By Myself while sitting in a library, isolated and outcast from everyone. Or perhaps another kid slightly higher in the pecking order singing Under Pressure, because he's just been dared to try a class A drug by his contemporaries. Come on, Disney, make this real.

6. Star Wars: The Clone Wars

What we know

At San Diego Comic-Con 2018, it was revealed that the twitter campaign #BringBackCloneWars had succeeded and this beloved animated series would be saved from development hell. During the first year of Disney+, 12 all new episodes will be available, thus giving fans some much needed closure on what actually went down during the final bloody battles of the titular war. 

Also worth noting: the presence of the Mandalorian Bo-Katan Kryze and Ashoka in the teaser trailers suggests we'll be going to the Siege of Mandalore, one of the bloodiest engagements of the Clone Wars. Basically, this isn't going to end well for half the galaxy.

What we want to see

You know what? Just some good old-fashioned closure on two major characters. Beyond Obi and Anakin (whose fates we already know) the most important character arcs in this series are those of Darth Maul and Anakin's one-time apprentice, Ahsoka. The former was recaptured by Darth Sidious and the latter left the Jedi and became a freelance arse-kicker. Leaked scripts that never made it into full production are floating about online, but we've refused to skip ahead and discover their fates.

Other series that have been confirmed but we still don't know much about yet include The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan (expected to drop during year one); WandaVision, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany (will premiere during year two); a Marvel series about Hawkeye and Kate Bishop, starring Jeremy Renner; a follow-up series to the 2018 film Love, Simon; Marvel’s What If…?, a brand-new animated series based on the comics of the same name; and Forky Asks a Question, a series of animated shorts revolving around Forky from Toy Story 4 (available at launch).

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