The ‘HSMTMTS’ finale was the definition of epic. Showrunner Tim Federle spoke with HL EXCLUSIVELY about all the massive finale moments and teased what’s forward in season 2.
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series ended its first season with East High’s manufacturing of High School Musical coming to a detailed. The finale was filled with so many unimaginable moments. Ricky lastly informed Nini that he cherished her they usually reunited, Ashley and Big Red kissed, Miss Jenn hinted at a brand new musical, and, in fact, there have been these wonderful musical moments. However, the finale didn’t finish with out a cliffhanger. Nini was provided a spot at a music faculty, so now she has a call to make: will she go away East High and all her pals?
HollywoodLife talked EXCLUSIVELY with showrunner Tim Federle in regards to the finale and past. He mentioned Ricky and Nini’s emotional scene collectively and why it occurred now. He additionally admitted that “everything’s up for discussion” on the subject of Nini’s choice. Plus, Tim teased a few of his plans for season 2, visitor stars, the following musical, and extra.
First and foremost, now we have season 2 developing, have you learnt the place it would decide up? Will or not it’s quick? Will there be possibly a time soar?
Tim Federle: What I do know is that I’ve the perfect publicist on this planet as a result of they very politely scream at me once I spoil an excessive amount of. So what I can say is I’m so proper now targeted on the finale of the primary season and though I’m proper in the midst of season 2, there are all kinds of issues in play proper now and other ways we’re telling the story. But the present known as High School Musical, so I feel it’s a fairly good guess that they’re going to maintain placing on highschool musicals.
One of the perfect moments of the finale was the emotional scene between Ricky and Nini. For these two, it might have simply been a really sluggish burn for them over seasons. Why make it the finale that these two actually discover their approach again to one another?
Tim Federle: Such a superb query. I feel there are two solutions, the primary one being I had no concept that I’d get a season 2 after we shot it. I really feel like as anyone who’s creating TV in the present day within the panorama of so many reveals, you may by no means depend on the way forward for your personal present. And so I felt like, “Look, if all we’re able to give the audience is this single season, then I want them to hear Ricky say the words ‘I love you’ and I want Nini to hear it, too.” The second reply to that’s, I’m not if you happen to’ve checked the information, however there’s a number of despair on the market. I feel that once I’m writing for Disney, even when it’s for the model new platform with Disney+, there’s a certain quantity of want success and feel-good in them that I need to bake into the present. I feel my major query is at all times, how can I inform genuine tales? Ones that aren’t all doom and gloom as a result of I feel a number of the highschool expertise could be doom and gloom. Frankly, a number of reveals already are that present, that huge doom and gloom present. I at all times need High School Musical, irrespective of how far we push the tales to, on the finish of the day, make folks really feel good.
Joe Serafini goes to be a sequence common in season 2, which I’m thrilled about. I suppose it’s protected to say we’ll see extra of Seb and Carlos’s relationship in season 2?
Tim Federle: Yes, that I can verify. I feel there are a number of tales to inform with these two and, sure, we will definitely see their dynamic play out. I feel what’s fascinating about this forged is episode 8. Suddenly, we put Kourtney and Seb collectively in a stairwell scene. In episode 6, we see Seb with Nini out of the blue. I feel what’s actually fascinating about them as actors is that they’re so versatile and beneficiant as simply actors with one another, that the combos are limitless. It’s a very fascinating solution to write for them as a result of it’s like, wow, who’ve we not seen onscreen collectively? And what tales can I get out of that?
EJ is a senior. Will you discover the storyline of highschool coming to an finish and what these pressures and emotions really feel like for somebody who’s about to embark on a complete new journey?
Tim Federle: The id expertise of each fashionable youngsters in 2020 and simply the teenage expertise of all time is like, who am I? Who am I going to develop into? And the place am I going? EJ is a second-semester senior. It’s laborious to think about a season 2 that doesn’t in some methods mirror on that and albeit write to it. I at all times need to shock the viewers with the place we take these characters. So that’s the jumping-off level after which it’s a matter of how we see that story play out.
Have you considered the following musical? Even if you happen to can’t even inform me, is there one which already stands out in your mind?
Tim Federle: Yes, there may be. It was a giant dialogue. When I initially pitched the present, I audaciously walked in and stated, “I’ve got 7 seasons in my head.” And the reality is I had like four seasons in my head, however I knew that I’d determine it out as I went. I feel because the present expands, we are going to at all times be constructed utilizing the DNA of the unique High School Musical, which is a gaggle of children who sing and dance at East High. But I feel one of many thrilling alternatives is, as a lot as folks love listening to these previous songs, there’s one thing about this new technology of actors singing these actually thrilling model new songs that I feel is resonating for a brand new viewership and the brand new viewers together with millennials who’re tuning in to mainline their youth. What’s thrilling about opening up our musical world into different musicals and going exterior of High School Musical is there are such a lot of methods to really feel each nostalgic and contemporary.
The finale ends with a cliffhanger. Nini’s received to determine whether or not or not she needs to go to this different faculty. Have you considered what the present would appear like if she did go to a unique faculty? Is that one thing that’s up for dialogue?
Tim Federle: I feel once you embark on a brand new season, every thing’s up for dialogue. I don’t imply to be obscure in my solutions, you’re simply doing all your job. But I have a look at every thing and it’s like, sure, Nini has a call to make. But then there are additionally deeper character issues like Kourtney known as Nini out the way in which solely a finest good friend can in episode 5 when she’s like, “You’ve got to stop seeing the world through boys’ eyes.” And but Nini, like typical teenager and albeit like most of my grownup pals too, she tends to backpedal and go, “Right. I really appreciate that. I’m still trapped in this vortex of thinking about this relationship.” That is one thing that I feel we are able to’t count on a 16-year-old to vary in a single day. I don’t suppose we usually count on adults to both. So sure, this type of vital choice that she’s received to make is one thing huge, one thing to write down to, and that’s what’s thrilling about season 2, which is I don’t need to simply give the viewers the identical present over once more.
This is a big ensemble forged. The first season may be very a lot establishing the place we’re at and attending to know these characters simply on the floor and digging deep a bit bit. Is there anybody, any character particularly, that you simply’re excited to actually dive a bit bit deeper to in season 2?
Tim Federle: I like all my youngsters. Sitting within the writers’ room, I’ve received the headshots of each actor they usually’re above the author. They’re above all of the completely different episodes we’re breaking as a result of I by no means need to lose sight of who we’re really writing for. You should do not forget that after we began episode 1, I didn’t know any of those actors apart from Kate Reinders, who I had grown up as a Broadway younger grownup with. And so I used to be squinting and shutting my eyes and saying, “I hope Julia Lester sounds proper when she says this line for Ashlyn.” What’s so thrilling about season 2 is I do know all of them so effectively now that I do know the comedy they’ll play, but in addition the drama. I’ll particularly say an actor like Sofia Wiley, who simply turned 16 and has an emotional depth and various instruments in her actor toolbox that goes effectively past her years is somebody who’s definitely… I feel audiences are going to see tales subsequent season that basically resonate with them. I’m within the half-hour format the place viewers members are used to a sure teen love trope. Will they or gained’t they? What excites me about issues like this GLAAD nomination is I feel it shines a lightweight on the truth that with this a lot variety and authenticity in my forged. Not solely is it thrilling to raise up the voices of Frankie Rodriguez, Dara Renee, Sofia Wiley, Olivia Rodrigo, who’s half Philippina, Mark St. Cyr, who has such fascinating issues to say and isn’t like a typical villain on this present. It’s not simply an thrilling factor to do, but it surely’s my duty in my place of privilege to ensure that I’m defending these characters and lifting them out in essentially the most shocking however genuine methods, which is frankly why I doubled down with a writing room employees for season 2 that higher displays each the forged you see on display and the world that all of us dwell in in the present day. I don’t say that in a braggy approach. I say it as a result of it’s the naked minimal I can do.
Speaking of Sofia, Gina got here again in episode 9 after having to maneuver once more. I do know there was a bit bit of dialogue within the finale about how she might dwell with different folks within the firm and whatnot. Will she be a significant a part of season 2?
Tim Federle: I don’t know what the corporate line is on this. I’ll say this, look, it’s like all of us go to Salt Lake City to start out taking pictures the present very quickly. It’s very, very laborious to think about High School Musical. The Musical: The Series with out Sofia Wiley. And that’s as a lot as I’ll say on that.
Lucas Grabeel guest-starred in one of many episodes this season. Have you considered possibly bringing another person from the High School Musical world onto the present in that form of capability or as somebody completely different?
Tim Federle: Do I look ahead in season two and hopefully past to welcoming extra shocking visitor stars on display, probably additionally from High School Musical world? Sure. My quantity is unlisted however the brokers know tips on how to discover Disney. But I’d say that what’s thrilling about creating this new technology of Wildcats for a brand new technology of viewers is watching anyone like Joe Serafini, who a 12 months in the past no person knew his identify. He’s a school child on the University of Michigan who’s a musical theater boy. Nothing in his DNA says it is a man who’s going to pop into a giant Hollywood TV present. By the grace of God, and by God I imply Stephen Sondheim, musical theater ready all of those youngsters to step into the highlight on the good time. So as a lot as I like visitor stars, I additionally don’t love gimmicks. What I like is watching these, as you stated, this large forged of characters rise to the floor and emerge. For anyone like Matt Cornett, which you captured so superbly in your piece about him, is that he’s that sluggish burn character. Did he do some unforgivable issues? Yes. But with out an EJ, you don’t have a Ricky. He’s a 17-year-old boy who’s going to make some errors. So these are the characters who I get up in the midst of the evening with concepts to write down about.