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‘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.


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In conversation with Jane Levy
JLN Staff | Aug 02, 2021

Jane Levy is an American actress, known for her role of Zoey from NBC’s musical comedy-drama »Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist«, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy.

Jane, you’ve finished filming Season 2 of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. How would you compare Zoey’s personality to yours?
I, like Zoey, have no chill. We are both neurotic and have a lot of energy. We differ in that Zoey works with computers and I am an artist. I would not be happy with an office job. I need to be physically stimulated,as well as mentally and spiritually… I know that is a big ask for a job,but somehow I’ve managed to pull that off with acting.

What made you pursue acting?

I’ve always naturally gravitated toward performing. It’s funny because I don’t have the kind of performative personality that most actors have. I can’t give a speech at a party to save my life. I don’t walk into a room and own it with my presence and charm. I would say I’m a pretty low key person. But I always knew I was good at acting. I’m fascinated with people and why they do what they do.

You’ve been in the acting industry for quite some time now. What’s your take on all the things going on in the world, the pandemic and BLM, being incorporated in Hollywood?
I’m not sure I can have a worthy succinct answer to such a big question. It is sad, sick and twisted that we live in a society where black people have to say that their lives matter. It’s devastating. Our country was built off of slavery and so our institutions are all inherently racist. I’m glad there is a bit of a reckoning in Hollywood. There must be.

What is your favorite thing about Zoey?
I like her sweetness. Thinking back on the show,I think there is something radical about it’s earnestness.

Zoey has the ability to hear people’s thoughts and feelings through songs. What is your favorite song you’ve done on the show so far?
I think my favorite songs on the show have been Don’t Speak by No Doubt, Feeling Good by Nina Simone and Black Man in a White World by Michael Kiwanuka. Favorite dance numbers? Anything including John Stewart.

Is there anything new you have learned about yourself through your role of Zoey?
I have learned a lot. I have learned that a button up shirt and a sweater and a blazer worn at once is too much. I have learned that I am a visual learner and I have a hard time understanding direction that isn’t contextualized physically. I have learned that I am a good leader. I have learned that my face can be very beautiful and also it can be very,very ugly. I have learned that in order to be good at your job,you have to sleep. I have learned that taking mental breaks from work makes you more efficient, flexible and creative!

As Zoey, you did a lot of singing and dancing. Which of the two is closer to you and why?
Dancing comes much easier to me. Singing is hardbecause to be good at it,you have to be relaxed. I am not, by nature, a relaxed person. Like I said earlier,no chill.Even though the show may be done,I am still taking singing lessons because I just started working with a somatic voice teacher named Doug Peck and he’s the best teacher at anything I’ve ever had.

You have lived both in New York and Los Angeles. In your own words, how do these two big cities compare and which one of them is your favorite?
Los Angeles is my favorite because I need to live someplace close to nature to calm me down. I am also from the Bay Area and I will forever be a California girl. However, New York has better food, better art and better parties.

Tell us about your biggest dream for the future.
My biggest dream for the future is to be able to have a family and a career.

Now that Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’s been canceled and it is not known yet if any other network will pick it up, where can we expect to see you next?
I don’t know, but the open year ahead of me is very exciting.


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Jane Levy on the Cancellation of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist: “I Gave It My All”
JLN Staff | Jun 14, 2021

The Emmy contender reflects on her show’s cancellation, how it changed her, and how it might still come back.

On Thursday night, a long week finally hit Jane Levy. She’d wrapped up an acting class and reluctantly went out afterward, for “too much chicken” and “a tiny cup of beer” in Koreatown. She stayed past midnight. The next morning, she seems a little worn out. “I have realized how old I am,” the 31-year-old actor deadpans over Zoom from her Los Angeles home. It could also be, Levy concedes, the mere effort of a real social outing, as COVID-19 restrictions have begun winding down. Or, perhaps, it’s the emotional exhaustion of processing the cancellation of her NBC musical-comedy series, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. “This week has just been a roller coaster,” she admits.

For Levy, the news came as a shock. “When we finished [shooting] season two, I put all my stuff in storage in Canada [where the show films],” she says. “I was like, ‘Of course we’re coming back.’” She and her castmates all but knew Zoey’s would not continue at its original NBC home. (The show averaged just over 2.5 million live viewers for its second season.) Yet as propelled by critical acclaim and a likely Emmys embrace, following Levy’s breakthrough Golden Globe nomination earlier this year, signs pointed to a third-season renewal via Peacock until a late-breaking shift. “Last Friday it seemed like it was a green light,” Levy says. “And then Monday morning it was a red light.” On Wednesday, NBC confirmed Zoey’s was canceled and that Peacock would not revive it after all. (The studio behind Zoey’s, LionsgateTV, is now shopping it to other networks.)

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‘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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Role: Zoey Clarke
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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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