Tim Federle Reveals ‘High School Musical’ OG He Wanted in Season 4

Tim Federle is thrilled by the Excessive College Musical stars who appeared on season 4 of Excessive College Musical: The Musical: The Collection — however he says there was one particular person lacking.

“It was so nice to get the originals again as a result of it launched their careers in such explosive methods. [That is] the identical means I feel a few of the forged members of my present are getting launched into the world,” the showrunner, 43, completely informed Us Weekly. “I beloved seeing how humble and grateful and simply cool they’re now — as younger adults — Corbin [Bleu] and Monique [Coleman] and Lucas [Grabeel]. I actually needed to get Kenny Ortega again.”

Ortega, 73, was the director and choreographer of the Excessive College Musical film franchise, and Federle recalled getting in contact in hopes that Ortega would play himself in HSMTMTS.

“I referred to as Kenny. He was tremendous busy on a mission,” Federle mentioned. “He couldn’t have been extra gracious. I mentioned, ‘Do you wish to come again and play Kenny?’ And he was like, ‘It’s the best thought. I can’t.’ He was modifying a documentary. Kenny’s on my bucket record. [I’ve] received to collaborate with Kenny sometime. However I’m actually glad with how we wrapped up the entire present.”

Excessive College Musical was a cultural phenomenon within the late aughts. The Disney hit centered on basketball star Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) and new pupil Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens) as they navigated highschool romance, drama and musical theater.

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Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens or Ashley Tisdale.

Disney+ rekindled the franchise greater than a decade later with spinoff sequence Excessive College Musical: The Musical: The Collection. The mockumentary, which premiered in 2019, launched the careers of stars Olivia Rodrigo, Joshua Bassett, Sofia Wylie, Matt Cornett, Larry Saperstein, Julia Lester, Dara Reneé and Frankie Rodriguez.

As filming began on season 4, Efron, 35, stunned followers when he visited Excessive College Musical’s East Excessive in July 2022. His Instagram submit in entrance of the long-lasting faculty got here one month after Efron’s HSM love curiosity — and former real-life girlfriend — Hudgens, 34, documented her personal journey to East Excessive.

Efron and Hudgens, nevertheless, had been a few of the authentic Excessive College Musical stars who didn’t finally return to reprise their roles.

Ashley [Tisdale] referred to as me personally and was so pretty. She’s very busy launching manufacturers and it simply wasn’t the fitting timing,” Federle informed Trib Whole Media on Friday, August 4. “And I received the sensation with Zac and Vanessa, who I don’t know personally however I’m a fan, studying the tea leaves, that by the point you get into negotiating what this may take, we’re gonna wrap and the present might be over.”

Though Efron and Hudgens didn’t seem within the ultimate season, the present nonetheless had loads of memorable moments with fan-favorite couple Ricky (Bassett) and Gina (Wylie) on the middle of the episodes. Ricky and Gina weathered many storms however finally had been in a position to get their fortunately ever after.

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Kenny Ortega.
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“I keep in mind we had this factor within the writers room the place we at all times tried to reply the query, ‘However why Ricky for Gina?’ As a result of E.J. is that this wonderful man — who I feel the viewers will see is beginning to land in a very good place in his life. And what we mentioned is, ‘Ricky at all times makes Gina chortle,’” Federle beforehand informed Us. “She may be actually aggressive, self-possessed, formidable, she will beat herself up if issues don’t go nicely and he or she’s an actual people-pleaser. Ricky simply can minimize by way of all of that and make Gina chortle. And I feel that’s one of many qualities of their relationship that she hasn’t had with one other man.”

He continued: “Ricky has these foolish, goofy qualities [that] she has. I imply, there’s this look on Sofia Wylie’s face when she seems at Josh and there’s a glance on Josh’s face when he seems at Sofia. I’m like, ‘No one amuses Gina like Ricky and no one makes Ricky comfortable like Gina.’ That’s so actual and value holding onto. Then the query of the season [becomes], ‘Is the timing proper?’”

The fourth and ultimate season of Excessive College Musical: The Musical: The Collection is streaming on Disney+.