High School Musical:The Musical:The Series Scoops Up GLAAD Award
Unfortunately there was no GLAAD Awards Ceremony this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, winners we still announced on this past Thursday (July 30th). For those unfamiliar, GLAAD honors the best of the past year in LGBTQ media. There were lots of big winners on Thursday and even a few from Disney+ and Hulu (which is owned by Disney.) Let’s take a look!
First up was High School Musical: The Musical: The Series which took home a trophy for Outstanding Kids & Family Programming! One of the first series to debut on the Disney+ streaming network last Fall, the 10-episode scripted series, set at the real-life East High, where the original movie was filmed, follows a group of students as they countdown to opening night of their school’s first-ever production of “High School Musical.” With meta references and some docu-style elements, it’s a modern take on the “classic” from 15 years ago. Show-mances blossom; friendships are tested, while new ones are made; rivalries flare; songs are sung; and lives are changed forever as these young people discover the transformative power that only high school theater can provide.
Tim Federle, the shows creator took to Instagram on Thursday to congratulate cast and crew on the award:
Winning the same award – Outstanding Kids & Family Programming was also Disney-owned streaming network Hulu for its series The Bravest Knight.
The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived tells the story of Cedric, a young pumpkin farmer who wants nothing more than to become a courageous knight. After foiling a dastardly carriage thief, Cedric earns the chance to make his dream come true. When he sets out on his own adventure, Cedric must use his wits to save a prince and princess from a fierce dragon, and choose for himself what his happy ending should be. The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived is a modern fairytale that proves that sometimes the bravest thing you can do is be yourself.
These two titles beat out other nominees including Andi Mack (The Disney Channel), The Loud House (Nickelodeon), Arthur’s “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone” (PBS), Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling (Netflix), She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (Netflix), Steven Universe: The Movie (Cartoon Network), Nella the Princess Knight’s “A Tale of Two Nellas” (Nick Jr.), and Twelve Forever (Netflix).
Another noteworthy win from the night and one we wrote about earlier today here at MickeyBlog went to Star Wars: Doctor Aphra series which won the award for Outstanding Comic Book. Aphra was created by writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca. It takes place after the events of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. As Comicbook.com tells us, Aphra was established as a lesbian archeologist who has a morally-ambiguous relationship with the sides of the galactic war.
As of going to print there is no word yet on when we might see a second series of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series but it was recently announced that Derek Hough will be joining the cast for a recurring role. He’ll play Zack, the ex-boyfriend of Miss Jenn (Kate Reinders.) And when it comes to The Bravest Knight Hulu has yet to announce a second season but we’ll be following closely here at MickeyBlog and promise to keep you updated!
You can currently watch High School Musical: The Musical: The Series on Disney+ and The Bravest Knight on Hulu.
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