Zoey’s extraordinary playlist sings a sad song: NBC has canceled the musical drama after two seasons, TVLine has learned.
The network’s sibling streamer, Peacock, had been in talks to pick up the show for a final season in eight episodes, but we are told that those conversations broke down over the weekend.
Lionsgate, the studio behind Zoeys, the show is already trading around to other streaming outlets, and there is said to be some interest.
When asked about this option too Zoeys jumping from NBC to Peacock, showrunner Austin Winsberg told TVLine in May, “I know it̵
Winsberg went on to note that a shift from broadcast to streaming could have potential benefits for the show. “If we had the ability to not be so mindful of network runtime, I mean there are scenes that I have to cut every week, or songs that I have to cut for time,” Winsberg explained. “To be able to have a little more creative freedom and flexibility that could be great.”
Zoey’s playlist this season averaged just over 1.8 million viewers in total and a 0.35 demo rating – down 10 and 17 percent from his freshman year. Out of the 14 dramas that NBC has broadcast this TV season, it ranks No. 12 in the demo and last in the audience (only besting Good girls). In a vote in March, TVLine readers voted Zoey’s playlist as the bubble show, the most wanted renewed with 12.7 percent of the vote.
The season 2 finale, which aired May 16, ended with a cliffhanger twist: Max suddenly had the strength and could hear Zoey’s heart song, a bubbling rendition of “I Melt With You.”
“Just when it comes to thinking about how Zoey and Max could work in the long run, for me it was important for Max to have an understanding of what it is like for Zoey to experience heart songs,” Winsberg said during a post mortem Q&A. “And I also like the idea that Max could also know what’s going on in Zoey’s head. And certainly seen from a romantic comedy perspective being able to play stories where these two people are in a relationship, but they also know exactly what the other person is thinking, felt like mature reason for stories. ”(Winsberg stopped clarifying whether both Max and Zoey have powers now, or whether Zoey’s powers are just being transferred to Max.)
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