NBC has ordered a second season of musical dramedy Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist starring Jane Levy. We hear the order is for 13 episodes.
A co-production between Lionsgate TV and Universal TV, the series had been considered the strongest contender among NBC’s bubble shows this season. It has a passionate following and recently topped USA Today’s annual Save Our Shows poll with record support.
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist has been a digital phenom with huge online/social media following whose very modest Live+Same Day linear ratings are dwarfed by its delayed multi-platform numbers. It is one of NBC’s strongest digital performers, with digital sources generating more than half its 35-day viewership in the 18-49 demo.
For instance, Season 1 of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist averaged a ho-hum 0.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.1 million viewers overall in Live+7 Nielsens. But the Jan. 7 series premiere has grown to a 3.3 rating in 18-49 and 7.9 million viewers to date when digital and linear delayed viewing is factored in.
Because digital breakouts of that caliber don’t come along often, NBC, Lionsgate TV and Universal TV had been trying to find a business framework to make a renewal on the linear network feasible, including possibly pursuing a full-season streaming pact.
All episodes of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist are available on NBCUniversal’s new streaming service, Peacock, whose premium tier offers next-day episodes of the show.
“We were overwhelmed by the number of people who fell in love with Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist and how much joy it brought to everyone,” said Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Co-Presidents of Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment. “We’re thrilled to bring it back and can’t wait to see how Zoey’s journey continues.”
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is created/executive produced by Jake in Progress creator Austin Winsberg, who serves as showrunner. It stars Levy as Zoey Clarke, a whip-smart computer coder forging her way in San Francisco. After an unusual event, Zoey, who always preferred podcasts over pop songs, suddenly starts to hear the innermost wants, thoughts and desires of the people around her – her family, co-workers and complete strangers – through popular songs. At first, she questions her own sanity, but after getting some guidance from her musically adept neighbor, Mo (Alex Newell), and making a breakthrough with her ailing father (Peter Gallagher), Zoey soon realizes this unwanted curse might just be an incredibly wonderful gift as she connects with the world like never before.
The series also stars Skylar Astin, John Clarence Stewart, with Mary Steenburgen. Lauren Graham is special guest star.
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NBC has picked up the drama “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” for the 2019-2020 season.
The series follows Zoey Clarke (Jane Levy), a whip-smart computer coder forging her way in San Francisco. After an unusual event she starts to hear the innermost wants and desires of the people around her through songs. At ﬁrst, she questions her own sanity but soon realizes this unwanted curse may just be an incredibly wonderful gift.
In addition to Levy, the cast also includes Skylar Astin, Peter Gallagher, Alex Newell, John Clarence Stewart, Carmen Cusack, and Mary Steenburgen.
Austin Winsberg will write and executive produce. Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson, Kim Tannenbaum, Eric Tannenbaum, David Blackman and Daniel Inkeles will executive produce. Richard Shepard directed and executive produced the pilot.
“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” is produced by Lionsgate in association with the Tannenbaum Company, FeigCo Entertainment and Universal Music Group.
This marks the third drama order for NBC so far and the fourth series order overall. The network previously ordered the dramas “Bluff City Law” and “Council of Dads,” as well as the single-cam comedy “Sunnyside.” NBC had previously given a straight-to-series order to the Dick Wolf series “Law & Order: Hate Crimes,” but that project has been shelved as it undergoes retooling.
The ‘Castle Rock’ actress will play the titular character in ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.’
Jane Levy is about to start hearing voices — and sometimes full-blown musical numbers — in her head.
The Castle Rock actress will play the titular character in the NBC pilot Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. She plays a woman who gains the ability to hear people’s innermost thoughts, expressed as music.
Richard Shepard (Girls, Ugly Betty) has also signed on as director and executive producer of the pilot. Executive producer Paul Feig had been slated to direct but won’t be able to due to a busy feature-film schedule.
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist comes from Lionsgate TV and writer Austin Winsberg (Gossip Girl, Jake in Progress). It is described as an innovative musical dramedy set in motion when the whip-smart but socially awkward Zoey (Levy) starts hearing people’s thoughts expressed as songs, or sometimes full musical numbers. She is able to use her “gift” not only to help herself understand people in her own life, but also to help others around her.
Vivendi’s Universal Music Group is also attached to the show, along with Feig’s FeigCo.
Winsberg, Feig, FeigCo’s Jessie Henderson, Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum, Jason Wang, David Blackman and Daniel Inkeles are all executive producing.
Levy (Suburgatory, Shameless) also stars alongside Renee Zellweger in Apple’s forthcoming anthology series What/If. She is repped by Gersh and attorney Robert Offer.
Shepard is repped by UTA, 3Arts and Karl Austen.
Source The Hollywood Reporter
The former ‘Suburgatory’ star will be a regular in the Mike Kelley-created anthology.
The forthcoming Netflix series What/If has added a second person to its cast alongside Renee Zellweger.
Jane Levy (Castle Rock) has joined the drama anthology from Mike Kelley. The former Suburgatory star will play a character named Lisa in the show; other details about her role are being kept quiet for now.
The 10-episode What/If is described as a social thriller exploring the ripple effects when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things. As with the character description for Levy, details about the plot are sparse; the first season may revolve around newlyweds.
The show is planned as an anthology, with each season taking on a new morality tale and examining the idea that a single decision can have lifelong consequences.
Kelley (Revenge, Swingtown) created the series and will serve as showrunner. He executive produces with Melissa Loy, Alex Gartner, Charles Roven, Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke.
What/If marks Oscar winner Zellweger’s first regular role on a series.
Levy currently plays Jackie on another anthology series, Hulu’s Castle Rock. In addition to Suburgatory, which ran for three seasons on ABC, her credits include Don’t Breathe, the 2013 Evil Dead, Shameless and streaming series There’s … Johnny!
Levy is repped by Gersh and Sloane Offer.
SOURCE THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER