When Disney+ initially launched in November 2019, the arrival of Baby Yoda overshadowed just about everything. But The Mandalorian wasn't the only show that debuted on the new streamer that first day. Along with several other titles, Disney+ also premiered High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. The semi-meta concept of high schoolers who go to East High School, made famous by High School Musical and following in their predecessors' famous footsteps, was sublimely clever. And for fans, the good news is Disney+'s High School Musical series Season 2 is already on its way back to the classroom.
Season 1 of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series was centered around the new crop of East High School students and their quest to put on a stage production of High School Musical. Olivia Rodrigo plays the show's heroine, Nini, who gets cast as Gabriella Montez, the character played by Vanessa Hudgens. Her co-star is Joshua Bassett, who plays Ricky, Nini's ex-boyfriend who gets cast as Troy Bolton, Zac Efron's character. Their characters' experience onstage rekindles their relationship, and their on-screen chemistry was such that fans wondered if they were dating in real life.
The operative word here is "were." In January 2021, Rodrigo famously released her first pop radio single, "driver's license," which is purported to be about the end of her relationship with Bassett. Bassett is now reportedly linked to Sabrina Carpenter, another Disney pop princess best known for Girl Meets World and starring in Mean Girls on Broadway.
To be clear, Carpenter is not in HSM:TM:TS. But that's OK, because it seems that on-screen, Rodrigo's character Nini will have enough drama in Season 2 as it is.