NBC is bringing Zoey back for another round of singing and dancing. Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist has officially been renewed for season 2 by the network. The show had been on the bubble with its fate hanging in the balance, but it was viewed as a sure bet for a pick-up. The series garnered a passionate following as its first season rolled out, largely thanks to huge streaming numbers.
The series cast is led by Jane Levy, known previously for her roles in movies such as Evil Dead and Don't Breathe. Skylar Astin, Alex Newell and John Clarence Stewart, Peter Gallagher and Mary Steenburgen also star. Austin Winsberg created the show, with Kim Tannenbaum, Eric Tannenbaum, Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson, David Blackman, Daniel Inkeles, Gretchen Berg, Aaron Harberts and Adam Davidson serving as executive producers. Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Co-Presidents of Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment, had this to say in a statement.
"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. We're thrilled to bring it back and can't wait to see how Zoey's journey continues."
Janey Levy plays Zoey Clarke, a computer coder making her way in San Francisco. After an unusual event, Zoey, who always preferred podcasts over music, suddenly starts to hear the innermost wants, thoughts and desires of the people around her through popular songs. At first, she questions her own sanity. But after receiving some guidance from her musically inclined neighbor, Mo, and making a breakthrough with her father, she soon realizes this unwanted curse may be a gift as she connects with the world in a new way.
Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist averaged just over 3 million viewers per episode, which is on the low side for network TV. But once streaming numbers were factored in, that number grew to just shy of 8 million, cementing it as a breakout hit. Austin Winsberg previously addressed some of what he would like to do with a second season, provided the opportunity.
"There's a lot more I want to do with Mo in Season 2. I want to get into a work situation with Mo. I think we haven't done a deep enough dive yet into Max's (Astin) backstory, so there's a whole story thread I want to do with Max and his father in particular. He referenced his dad a couple times in the season. The big part of it, especially for the family and for Zoey is how do we move on and how do we move on after a tragedy and what does moving on look like and how do we rebound and come back from it?"
The renewal was for 13 episodes. It is not clear at this time when the show will return or how soon filming could begin, but that could very much depend on how the industry adapts to changes in production that will be needed moving forward. This news was previously reported by Deadline.