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

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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71st Annual ACE Eddie Awards
JLN Staff - Mar 30, 2021 News , Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist

The Cast of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Will Host the ACE Eddies
Jane Levy, Mary Steenburgen, Skylar Astin, Alex Newell and John Clarence Stewart to perform all hosting duties for the awards ceremony.

American Cinema Editors (ACE) announced that the ensemble cast of NBC’s hit musical comedy “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,” including Jane Levy, Mary Steenburgen, Skylar Astin, Alex Newell and John Clarence Stewart, will host the 71st Annual ACE Eddie Awards.

In its second season, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” continues to explore the feelings we keep buried on the inside, the human impulse for connection and the undeniable healing power of music and dance. Critics have adored the series – Variety called the show “the rare broadcast series that keeps winning fans and acclaim,” TV Guide Magazine said it’s a “a whimsically tuneful winner” and USA Today wrote that “Zoey’s” is “delightful” and “brilliantly choreographed.” “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” stars Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, Alex Newell, John Clarence Stewart, Andrew Leeds, Alice Lee, Michael Thomas Grant, Kapil Talwalkar and Mary Steenburgen.

Austin Winsberg writes and executive produces. Kim Tannenbaum and Eric Tannenbaum, Paul Feig, David Blackman, Daniel Inkeles and Sam Laybourne also serve as executive producers. Dan Magnante, Jason Wang, Samantha McIntyre, Emily Fox and Robert Sudduth serve as co-executive producers with Michele Greco and Emmy Award-winning choreographer Mandy Moore serving as producers.

“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” is produced by Lionsgate and Universal Television (a division of Universal Studio Group) in association with the Tannenbaum Company, Feigco Entertainment, Universal Music Group’s Polygram Entertainment and Zihuatenejo Productions.

“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” airs Sunday nights on NBC. All episodes are streaming on Peacock.

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#ZoeysPlaylist Season 2 Premiere Date Announced
JLN Staff - Nov 20, 2020 News , Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist

Season 2 of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist premieres Tuesday, January 5 on NBC!

‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ Returning To Production In Vancouver
JLN Staff - Sep 20, 2020 News , Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is getting back to work tomorrow – the day after the Emmys.

The NBC musical drama, which is a co-production between Lionsgate TV and Universal TV, is heading back into production in Vancouver on September 21.

The news was revealed by Ted Danson, husband of star Mary Steenburgen, during E! Entertainment’s virtual ‘Red Carpet’ coverage.

Deadline revealed earlier this month that a number of U.S. shows were returning to production in Vancouver including ABC/Sony Pictures Television’s The Good Doctor, Disney+/ABC Signature’s The Mighty Ducks, ABC/A+E Studios’s Big Sky and ABC/Kapital/ABC Signature’s A Million Little Things.

This now includes Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist after Danson joked that Steenburgen required an early night ahead of the shoot.

Created and executive produced by Jake in Progress creator Austin Winsberg, who serves as showrunner, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist stars Jane 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.

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‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ Renewed For Season 2 By NBC
JLN Staff - Jun 13, 2020 News , Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist

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.

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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. Continue reading  »


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