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‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas’ Gives a Second Life to a Beloved Musical Comedy

Over the course of a handful of months, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist creator Austin Winsberg experienced a creative and emotional roller-coaster ride of highs and lows, beginning with the cancellation of the adored but oft-ratings-challenged NBC musical dramedy that drew many of its storylines from his family’s very personal experiences with his father’s rare condition, progressive […]

This Year’s Award for Wacky Emmy Category Goes to… TV Movie

As more and more media conglomerates shift their business models to subscription streaming platforms, the borderlines between “film” and “television” continue to dissolve. Methods of distribution are no longer concretely disparate as studio-made feature-length films now often debut exclusively on streaming sites and many TV creators describe their shows as “10-hour-long movies.” These newly permeable […]

‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas’ Cast on Returning for Roku Film, Hopes for More Movie Versions

Nearly six months ago, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist was canceled after its second season on NBC. Now, it’s getting a second life on the Roku Channel with Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas, a holiday-themed movie picking up where the beloved musical series left off. The film, Roku’s first foray into original programming, premiered in downtown Los Angeles on […]

‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ Holiday Movie a Go at Roku

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is getting a new lease on life at Roku. The streaming device maker will air a holiday movie based on the canceled NBC series, titled Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas, later this year. Production is slated to start later this month in Vancouver. “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is the kind of show that doesn’t just […]

Bernadette Peters, Yvette Nicole Brown and More Emmy Nominees on How They Approached Their Guest Roles

Sophie Okonedo, Ratched (Netflix)  Few roles seem as colossal an undertaking as dissociative identity disorder patient Charlotte Wells in the One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest prequel series, Ratched — but that’s the way Sophie Okonedo likes it. “Any job I do, I always want to feel like I’m slightly on edge,” says Okonedo. “If […]

“I’m Going to Miss Being Comfortable”: Hollywood Insiders on Saying Goodbye to Work-From-Home Styles

For more than a year, most offices have been closed and, for many, homes became workplaces. Weekday style went from workplace-appropriate to more like casual-adjacent. Now that people are venturing back to office life, THR asked Hollywood insiders what pandemic-comfort clothing item they’ll miss most. MIA BARRON (Actor) “I played a lawyer in a Law […]

‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ Canceled at NBC

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, […]

‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ Actor John Clarence Stewart on “Rewarding” Experience Helping to Craft Its Racial Reckoning Plotline (Guest Column)

Last summer, after the killing of George Floyd, I received an email from Austin Winsberg, my showrunner on Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. Austin loves to draw on the actors’ real lives while creating the show, so, true to form, he asked me what intersections there are between me and my character, Simon — and what would […]

‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ Choreographer and DP Reveal How They Made 130 Musical Numbers

At the core of NBC’s Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist are the “heart songs,” which reveal a character’s inner emotions — and can be seen and heard only by Zoey (Jane Levy). For two seasons, these ambitious musical performances have been brought to life by the actors under the guidance of a tireless team that includes choreographer […]

Nine Musical Numbers in One Episode: ‘THR Presents’ Q&A With ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’

During its most recent season, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist had to deal with pandemic-prompted production tweaks just like every other series. But that did not mean that the NBC comedy pulled back on its sprawling musical numbers. The sophomore run actually crammed more songs and sequences into a single episode than it had since the pilot. […]

‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast: Jane Levy (‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’)

The triple-threat discusses her years-long journey to becoming an 'overnight sensation'; life as a young actress in the #MeToo era; and providing musical theater to the masses while Broadway is shuttered.

Artios Awards: Casting Directors for ‘The Boys,’ ‘Pose,’ ‘Watchmen’ Among TV Nominees

The Casting Society of America also announced its theater, short film and short-form series nominees.