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News The Problem With People
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JLN Staff | Jun 09, 2022

Paul Reiser To Star In And Co-Write ‘The Problem With People’; Colm Meaney & Others Also Starring

Paul Reiser, Colm Meaney, Jane Levy, Lucianne McEvoy and Des Keough are set to star in indie pic The Problem With People. Reiser co-wrote the script with Wally Marzano-Lesnevich, with Chris Cottam directing. Reiser, Cottam and Max Brady are producing.

The film is a heart-warming comedy about two estranged cousins making amends for many generations of a family dispute. Production begins next week in Ireland.

The story follows Ciáran (Meaney), who lives in rural Ireland with his elderly and ailing father who, bemoaning the sorry state of the world and its never-ending conflicts, decides that if he can’t fix the world’s problems, he can at least try to fix his family. As his dying wish, he asks his son to reach out to the American side of the family and make peace. Not wanting to disappoint his father, Ciáran agrees and manages to locate one descendant on “the American side” — cousin Barry (Reiser), a big-time New York real estate developer.

Intrigued by the call from a relative he never knew he had, Barry surprisingly accepts the invitation and flies off to Ireland, and while Barry and Ciáran discover they have much in common and both are eager to put the family feud to rest, a last-minute dispute about the old man’s will soon has the two cousins in escalating conflict, each trying to outmaneuver and outwit the other.

Reiser most recently was seen in the fourth season of Stranger Things, which has already become Netflix’s biggest series of all time. He is also set to star in Steve Levitan’s Reboot for Hulu.


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‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ Has Been Officially Revived by Roku as a Christmas TV Movie
JLN Staff | Sep 08, 2021

Christmas is coming early for fans of NBC’s canceled musical comedy “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.” Roku has confirmed that it has picked up a holiday-themed, feature-length film based on the Emmy-winning show to air exclusively on its ad-supported The Roku Channel in the U.S. later this year. There’s no official premiere date yet for “Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas,” but Roku says production on the TV movie will begin next week in Vancouver, with an air date in time for the festive season.

“Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas” will also be available to stream on Roku in Canada and in the U.K. As part of the deal with production studio Lionsgate, Roku has also acquired streaming rights to all 25 episodes of “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,” which will also be available to stream later this fall on The Roku Channel in the U.S.

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News Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist
‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ Holiday Movie in the Works at Roku
JLN Staff | Aug 05, 2021

The streaming device maker is in negotiations to revive the canceled NBC series for at least one more go.

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist may get a new lease on life at Roku.

Lionsgate Television, which produces the canceled NBC series, is in advanced negotiations with streaming device maker Roku — which is making a push into original content — for a holiday movie based on the cult show. A deal isn’t done yet, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter, with some cast negotiations still to close.

Lionsgate and Roku declined comment.

NBC canceled Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist in June after two seasons. Lionsgate explored moving the musical dramedy starring Jane Levy to NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming platform, but the two sides couldn’t come to terms. Any such move would have required new deals to be completed for things like streaming rights (which Hulu currently holds) and likely were a big factor in the discussions.

If a deal is completed, it would be another step into original programming for Roku. The streaming company acquired the library of short-form streamer Quibi earlier this year, rebranding those shows as Roku Originals. The company also bought the library and production studio for venerable home improvement series This Old House, which includes 1,500 episodes’ worth of past shows and rights to stream new episodes of the series and companion show Ask This Old House after they air on PBS.

Austin Winsberg created Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist and executive produces with Kim Tannenbaum, Eric Tannenbaum, Paul Feig, David Blackman, Daniel Inkeles and Sam Laybourne. In addition to Levy, the show stars Alex Newell, Skylar Astin, John Clarence Stewart, Mary Steenburgen, Andrew Leeds, Alice Lee, Michael Thomas Grant, Kapil Talwalkar, Lauren Graham and Harvey Guillén.


News Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist
‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ Canceled at NBC
JLN Staff | Jun 11, 2021

Talks to move the Lionsgate TV-produced series to Peacock fizzled, but the studio plans to shop the Jane Levy musical dramedy elsewhere.

Cue up the sad songs.

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist has been canceled after two seasons on NBC. Sources say talks between NBCUniversal and producers Lionsgate TV to move the Jane Levy-led musical dramedy to streamer Peacock fizzled. Lionsgate TV plans to shop the series.

“In a world where finding loyal and passionate audiences is never easy, we believe there must be a home for this great, award-winning show with a passionate and dedicated following,” Lionsgate said in a statement.

Season two of Zoey’s wrapped with a 0.6 rating among the all-important adults 18-49 demographic with seven days of delayed viewing. That was down 14 percent from its freshman season.

Lionsgate had been speaking with NBCUniversal about moving the series from its broadcast network, NBC, to its streaming platform, Peacock. Both the network and streamer are overseen by the same content group, headed by Susan Rovner and head of scripted Lisa Katz, with the latter having developed the series.

Unfortunately, the two sides could not come to terms that would have allowed the pricey series to move to the streamer. Such a move would have required new deals to be completed as things like streaming rights — the series runs on Hulu — likely factored heavily into the discussions.

Zoey’s remains a critical and awards hit, with the series currently certified fresh with a 76 percent among critics and 88 percent among viewers on aggregation site Rotten Tomatotes.

From creator Austin Winsberg, the series co-starred Skylar Austin, Alex Newell, Peter Gallagher, Mary Steenburgen and Lauren Graham, with the latter having had a reduced role in season two following scheduling issues that were a result of the pandemic.

Winsberg took to social media after news of the cancellation broke to encourage fans to tweet to save the show. “I refuse to believe the show is dead,” he wrote in the first part of a thread.

NBC has a full slate of rookie series for the 2021-22 broadcast season with American Auto, Grand Crew, La Brea, Ordinary Joe and limited series The Thing About Pam on deck. Additional series are expected to be announced later for midseason as NBC, like other broadcasters, shifts to year-round development.


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Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (TV Series)

Role: Zoey Clarke
Status: canceled
A young woman discovers she has the ability to hear the innermost thoughts of people around her as songs and musical numbers.
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