By Zach Johnson
At today’s Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, Disney+ will preview some of its upcoming series, including the Disney+ Original Series Big Shot and The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, and present a Q&A with Kevin Feige, Producer, President of Marvel Studios, and Chief Creative Officer, Marvel, in support of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
The streaming service just unveiled spring and summer premiere dates for additional new scripted series, including Star Wars: The Bad Batch, Marvel Studios’ Loki, The Mysterious Benedict Society, Monsters At Work, Chip ‘N’ Dale: Park Life, and Turner & Hooch. The fan-favorite Disney+ Original series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series will return for its second season. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Zenimation, an animated soundscape experience, will debut its second season on the service this summer. Along with the premiere dates, Disney+ also shared first look images from some of the upcoming shows.
Disney+’s upcoming premiere dates are as follows:
March 19: The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
March 26: The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers
April 16: Big Shot
May 4: Star Wars: The Bad Batch
May 14: High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Season 2)
June 11: Loki
June 11: Zenimation (Season 2)
June 25: The Mysterious Benedict Society
July 2: Monsters At Work
July 16: Turner & Hooch
July 23: Chip ‘N’ Dale: Park Life
Learn more about each series below:
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (Series Premiere)—Friday, March 19
Sam Wilson aka The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), who came together in the final moments of Avengers: Endgame, team up on a global adventure that tests their abilities—and their patience. Directed by Kari Skogland with Malcolm Spellman serving as head writer, the series stars Daniel Brühl as Zemo and Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter and introduces Wyatt Russell as John Walker.
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers (Series Premiere)—Friday, March 26
In present day Minnesota, the Mighty Ducks have evolved from scrappy underdogs to an ultra-competitive, powerhouse youth hockey team. After 12-year-old Evan Morrow (Brady Noon) is unceremoniously cut from the team, he and his mom, Alex (Lauren Graham), set out to build their own team of misfits to challenge the cutthroat, win-at-all-costs culture of youth sports today. With the help of Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez), they rediscover the joys of playing just for love of the game. The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers features a talented new team of up-and-coming young actors: Noon, Maxwell Simkins, Swayam Bhatia, Luke Islam, Kiefer O’Reilly, Taegen Burns, Bella Higginbotham, and DJ Watts.
Big Shot (Series Premiere)—Friday, April 16
After getting ousted from the NCAA, a hothead men’s basketball coach must take a job at an all-girls high school. He soon learns that teenage girls are more than just X’s and O’s; they require empathy and vulnerability—foreign concepts for the stoic Coach Marvyn Korn (John Stamos). By learning how to connect with his players, he starts to grow into the person he’s always hoped to be. The girls learn to take themselves more seriously, finding their footing both on and oﬀ the court. Created and executive produced by David E. Kelley, Dean Lorey, and Brad Garrett, with Bill D’Elia serving as an executive producer, the original series also stars Jessalyn Gilsig, Richard Robichaux, Sophia Mitri Schloss, Nell Verlaque, Tiana Le, Monique Green, Tisha Eve Custodio, Cricket Wampler, and Yvette Nicole Brown.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch (Series Premiere)—Tuesday, May 4
The animated series follows the elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch (first introduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. Members of Bad Batch (a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army) each have a singular exceptional skill that makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew.
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Season 2)—Friday, May 14
In season two, the East High Wildcats, who are preparing to perform Beauty and the Beast as their spring musical, face off against rival school North High to win a prestigious and cutthroat student theater competition. Wigs are snatched, loyalties are tested, and ballads are belted. This season also features brand-new solos written by series stars Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett. Executive produced by creator Tim Federle, the series’ cast also includes Sofia Wylie, Matt Cornett, Larry Saperstein, Julia Lester, Dara Reneé, Frankie Rodriguez, Joe Serafini, Mark St. Cyr, and Kate Reinders. Guest-starring this season are Derek Hough, Olivia Rose Keegan, Roman Banks, Andrew Barth Feldman, and Asher Angel.
Loki (Series Premiere)—Friday, June 11
Tom Hiddleston returns as the title character, the God of Mischief, as he steps out of his brother’s shadow in a new series that takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Wunmi Mosaku, and Richard E. Grant round out the cast. Kate Herron directs Loki, and Michael Waldron is its head writer.
Zenimation (Season 2)—Friday, June 11
New episodes of Zenimation, which creates a mindfulness soundscape experience with scenes from the timeless films of Walt Disney Animation Studios, features moments from more than eight decades of acclaimed films—including scenes from Disney’s first feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, all the way through the upcoming Raya and the Last Dragon. Unplug, relax, and refresh your senses with an aural experience like no other as Zenimation pays tribute to the visual and sound artists who have created Disney Animation’s legacy of films. Created and edited by David Bess, the series is executive produced by Amy Astley.
The Mysterious Benedict Society (Series Premiere)—Friday, June 25
Placed undercover at a boarding school known as The Institute, a group of orphans must foil a nefarious plot with global ramifications while creating a new sort of family along the way. Based on the bestseller by Trenton Lee Stewart, The Mysterious Benedict Society stars Emmy® Award winner Tony Hale in the titular role and features a standout ensemble of young actors. Rounding out the cast are Kristen Schaal, Ryan Hurst, MaameYaa Boafo, Gia Sandhu, Seth Carr, Emmy DeOliveira, Mystic Inscho, and Marta Kessler. Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin serve as showrunners for The Mysterious Benedict Society, which was written and created by Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay, who also serve as executive producers.
Monsters At Work (Series Premiere)—Friday, July 2
Monsters At Work takes place the day after the Monsters, Incorporated power plant started harvesting the laughter of children to fuel the city of Monstropolis, thanks to Mike and Sulley’s discovery that laughter generates 10 times more energy than screams. It follows the story of Tylor Tuskmon (voice of Ben Feldman), an eager young monster who graduated top of his class at Monsters University and always dreamed of becoming a Scarer… until he lands a job at Monsters, Incorporated, and discovers that scaring is out and laughter is in. The series introduces new monster characters alongside returning favorites, including Mike Wazowski (Disney Legend Billy Crystal) and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan (Disney Legend John Goodman). Starring alongside Feldman as part of the MIFT crew are Henry Winkler as Fritz, the scatterbrained boss; Lucas Neff as Duncan, an opportunistic plumber; and Alanna Ubach as Cutter, the officious rule follower. In addition to Crystal and Goodman, returning cast members from the original movies include John Ratzenberger as Yeti and Tylor’s dad, Bernard; Jennifer Tilly as Celia Mae; and Bob Peterson as Roze, twin sister to his original Monsters, Inc. character, Roz. Voicing additional characters are Stephen Stanton as Smitty and Needleman, the bumbling custodial team at Monsters, Inc., and Aisha Tyler as Tylor’s mom, Millie Tuskmon. Produced by Disney Television Animation, the series was developed and is executive produced by Disney animation veteran Bobs Gannaway.
Turner & Hooch (Series Premiere)—Friday, July 16
When an ambitious, buttoned-up U.S. Marshal inherits a big unruly dog, he soon realizes the dog he didn’t want may be the partner he needs. Turner & Hooch stars Josh Peck as Scott Turner, son of Detective Scott Turner portrayed by Tom Hanks in the 1989 film of the same name. The series also stars Carra Patterson as Jessica Baxter, Scott’s brave, street-smart partner; Brandon Jay McLaren as Xavier Wilson, a cool, enigmatic marine-turned-U.S. Marshal; Anthony Ruivivar as Chief James Mendez, Scott’s boss with a secret soft spot for Scott’s new dog, Hooch; Lyndsy Fonseca as Laura Turner, Scott’s sweet, animal-loving sister; Jeremy Maguire as Matthew Garland, Laura’s dog-loving son; and Vanessa Lengies as Erica Mouniere, the quirky head of the U.S. Marshals dog training program. Five French Mastiffs also star as Hooch, Scott’s slobbery, loveable companion. Matt Nix is the creator, executive producer, and writer; and executive producer McG directed the series premiere.
Chip ‘N’ Dale: Park Life (Series Premiere)—Friday, July 23
The animated series follows two tiny troublemakers trying to live the good life in a big city park while having giant-sized, sky-high adventures. Disney’s beloved chipmunks, nervous worrier Chip and laid-back dreamer Dale, make the perfect odd couple. They’re best buddies and they drive each other nuts! In their perpetual pursuit of acorns, these ultimate underdogs are joined by Pluto, Butch, and other iconic Disney characters as they face down bullies great and small. Combining classic-style cartoon comedy with contemporary storytelling, the 36 seven-minute episodes are directed by Jean Cayrol and produced by Marc du Pontavice at Xilam Animation.