Cast from Zoey’s extraordinary playlist may have performed their last number. NBC has chosen not to give a third season renewal to the musical drama with a passionate following that topped USA today‘s annual Save Our Shows poll for the second year in a row.
The decision comes three and a half weeks after the series, with the headline of Jane Levy, aired its season 2 finale. As the deadline reported last month, Zoey’s extraordinary playlist, a medium-sized linear Live + Same Day performer with an oversized digital footprint, had been considering a pickup of NBC sibling streamer Peacock. I hear the peacock streaming home Zoeys first two seasons ultimately chose not to continue with a third season.
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In addition to being a digital phenomenon, Zoey’s extraordinary playlist has also received recognition of awards. Lionsgate Television, which co-produces the series with Universal Television, will make an aggressive effort to find another home for the show outside of NBCUniversal. The indie studio previously successfully moved country music drama Nashville to CMT after cancellation of ABC.
“In a world where it’s never easy to find loyal and passionate audiences, we believe there must be a home for this great, award-winning show with a passionate and dedicated supporter,” a Lionsgate spokesman said in a statement.
Last year, NBC, Lionsgate TV and Universal TV worked hard to find a business framework to make the linear network renewal possible. The effort led to another season pickup. Prior to the season 2 final, Zoeys creator, executive producer and showrunner Austin Winsberg told Deadline he was “cautiously optimistic” about a season 3 renewal.
“It feels like there’s a lot of passion around the show, and the people who know the show really, really love the show, and we have a lot of internal support at NBC,” he told Deadline.
During NBC’s May 14 advance call, Susan Rovner, chair of entertainment content, addressed NBCUniversal Television and Streaming speculation that Zoeys could migrate to Peacock, a path taken by other NBC series, such as AP Bio and Dan Browns The Lost Symbol.
“All options will be on the table,” she said at the time. “Everything will be discussed, and I think it’s one of the benefits of this new structure that these conversations can now happen, and we could look at what’s best for the show.”
Zoeys Season 2 races on NBC were interrupted. The show premiered in January, paused after six episodes and returned in late March.
Created and executive produced by Winsberg, Zoey’s extraordinary playlist follows Levy’s Zoey Clarke, a whip-smart computer coder who threw herself into San Francisco. After an unusual event, Zoey suddenly begins to hear the innermost desires, thoughts, and desires of the people around her — her family, colleagues, and complete strangers — through popular songs. Season two sees Zoey mourn the death of her father Mitch (Peter Gallagher), take up a new leadership position at technology company SPRQPoint and begin a new relationship with boss Simon (John Clarence Stewart).
The series, starring Alex Newell and Skylar Astin, won choreographer Mandy Moore an Emmy Award in 2020. Earlier this year, Levy received a Golden Globe nomination for his work.
Kim Tannenbaum and Eric Tannenbaum, Paul Feig, David Blackman, Daniel Inkeles and Sam Laybourne are also executive producers. Jason Wang, Samantha McIntyre and Davah Avena act as co-executive producers with Dan Magnante, Michele Greco and Mandy Moore as producers.