NBC is adding more tunes to its playlist. The network just announced they’ve ordered a second season of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist for the 2020-21 season.
The musical dramedy stars Jane Levy as a whip-smart computer coder who’s making 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. The cast also includes Skylar Astin, Alex Newell, John Clarence Stewart, Peter Gallagher, and Mary Steenburgen with Lauren Graham as a special guest star.
The first season of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist averaged a 0.42 rating in the 18-49 demographic with just 2.00 million viewers. Even the series doesn’t do that well in the Live+same day ratings (the series ranks 15th out of 19 scripted series), Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist has done much better in delayed viewing. Likely for that reason, NBC has decided to give Zoey a second chance.
Here’s the network’s press release about the renewal:
NBC FEELS THE MUSIC WITH RENEWAL OF “ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST”
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – June 11, 2020 – NBC is bringing more song and dance to the network with the season two renewal of its critically acclaimed and buzzworthy new series “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.”
“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,” said Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Co-Presidents of Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment.
The series centers on 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, and making a breakthrough with her ailing father, Zoey soon realizes this unwanted curse may just be an incredibly wonderful gift as she connects with the world like never before.
Season one of “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” averaged a 0.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.1 million viewers overall in “live plus seven day” Nielsens, with the Jan. 7 series pilot growing to a 3.3 rating in 18-49 and 7.9 million viewers with digital and linear delayed viewing recorded to date. It’s one of NBC’s strongest digital performers, generating more than half its 35-day viewership in the 18-49 demo from digital sources.
All episodes of “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” are now available on NBCUniversal’s new streaming service, Peacock.
Critics have adored the series, which concluded its 12-episode first season in May. Variety called the show “the rare broadcast series that keeps winning fans and acclaim,” TV Guide said it’s a “a whimsically tuneful winner” while Entertainment Weekly wrote that “Zoey’s” is “groundbreaking.”
“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” stars Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, Alex Newell, John Clarence Stewart, with Peter Gallagher and Mary Steenburgen. Lauren Graham is special guest star.
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. Jason Wang, Samantha McIntyre and Davah Avena serve as co-executive producers with Dan Magnante, Michele Greco and Mandy Moore serving as producers.
“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” is produced by Lionsgate and Universal Television in association with the Tannenbaum Company, Feigco Entertainment and Universal Music Group’s Polygram Entertainment.
What do you think? Did you watch the Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist TV show? Will you watch season two on NBC?