After blitzing the ratings on subscription TV, the mega-musical will air at 6:30pm on Saturday Dec 1 – the last day of the 2007 ratings year.
The sequel to the phenomenal Disney hit stars teeny superstar Zac Effron and the mostly-clothed Vanessa Hudgens, who admitted to some “privately taken” (is there any other way?) naked photos earlier in her career.
When it screened in September the movie rocketed to a whopping 185,000 viewers, more than the premiere audience for The King. If it follows the same trend on Free to Air (and it will), it will be the final ratings triumph on Seven’s last ratings night.
The original HSM will also be repeated earlier that day at 9am.
HSM2 will compete with a Shrek special on Nine Shrek The Halls and the final of Funniest Home Videos.
The record-breaking movie hit, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 – starring Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens – premieres on Seven. School’s out and East High School hoops star Troy Bolton, A-student Gabriella Montez and the rest of the Wildcats are getting ready for a fun summer vacation. But that all changes when scheming drama queen Sharpay Evans uses her dad’s connections to get Troy a job at their ritzy country club – and a chance at a college basketball scholarship. The catch? He’ll have to turn his back on his friends and pair up with Sharpay in a musical extravaganza for the club’s annual talent show. But when Gabriella and the Wildcats starting making plans without Troy, he must decide where his loyalties truly lie.
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 stars Zac Efron as Troy Bolton, Vanessa Hudgens as Gabriella Montez, Ashley Tisdale as Sharpay Evans, Lucas Grabeel as Ryan Evans, Corbin Bleu as Chad Danforth, Monique Coleman as Taylor McKessie, Olesya Rulin as Kelsi, Chris Warren, Jr. as Zeke, KayCee Stroh as Martha Cox, Ryne Sanborn as Jason Cross, Alyson Reed as Ms. Darbus, Bart Johnson as Coach Bolton and Mark L. Taylor as Mr. Fulton.