What To Watch: 11/12/2019

It’s a boom time for new streaming services from corporate behemoths. Last week we saw the debut of Apple Plus and a slate of programming led by award-nominated A-listers starring in a show-within-a-show. This week, it’s the Death Star, Walt’s little company that did good (with a lot of muscling out other little companies along the way), and the predictably named Disney Plus. It’s a stunning 3-for-3 with our editors, as we rec their shows in spite of ourselves.






















The Mandalorian [Disney Plus]
There have been rumors of a Star Wars live-action TV show almost as long as there have been Star Wars films. Today it becomes reality. Taking place after the events of Return of the Jedi, the series explores the seedier side of the Star Wars galaxy: bounty hunting, as they say, is a complicated profession. But a small cameo from Brian Posehn can make it easier. Nerds’ heads everywhere are exploding as Nerd Nirvana[TM] is here.

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series [Disney Plus]
There’s no better place for Disney to cannibalize its own products than its new platform, Disney+, and its nowhere more apparent than with High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. The Series is surprisingly self-aware, however, blending elements of (and it pains me to say this) Glee and Mean Girls as it asks us to…root against Troy through G-rated levels of OC drama.

Encore! [Disney Plus]
As a former member of my high school’s “Sing!” (fellow former members even reached out to see if we wanted to audition for this show), I’m intrigued to watch this extension of a 2017 ABC one-off. As a functioning human, I’m also a fan of Kristen Bell, who hosts this tribute to revisiting teenage dreams.



  • Another promising Disney cannibalization (thanks Katherine) is a series revolving around the Tony Hale-voiced spork from Toy Story 4Forky Asks A Question is another standout from the opening offering of Disney Plus.
  • Rounding out Disney Plus’ first day are a live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp featuring Tessa Thompson, Justin Theroux and some puppies, The Imagineering Story, a behind-the-scenes docu-series about Disney Parks, Marvel’s Hero Project, where the cape-wearers and derring-doers are from the real world, Noelle, a holiday fable featuring a quirky/amazing cast of Screen Scholars-favorites including Anna Kendrick, Julie Hagerty{?!} and Billy friggin’ Eichner {?!?!?!}, and The World According to Jeff Goldblum and don’t think we need to say anything more about that one (except thankfully he seems to be over the whole palm reading nonsense — we don’t like being mad at Jeff Goldblum).
  • Dad on The Goldbergs, Larry David pal/agent/enabler on Curb Your Enthusiasm, and maybe not as heralded but as near to our hearts, Hollywood hanger-on Mort Myers on Arrested Development, veteran actor Jeff Garlin returns to the forum which first brought him fame with his Netflix stand-up special Jeff Garlin: Our Man In Chicago.
  • The Ralph in HBO’s latest documentary Very Ralph is fashion designer Ralph Lauren, so that probably let’s you know if you’ll be interested in proceeding further.


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