Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist was cancelled after just two seasons and despite the follow-up movie’s performance, it has not been renewed for a third season.
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist combines elements of drama, comedy, and excellent musical numbers to tell the story of Zoey Clarke’s mysterious powers.
Unfortunately, the show was cancelled after just two seasons. Although The Roku Channel later developed a follow-up film for the franchise called Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas, the show has not been renewed for a third season yet.
- What is Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist about?
- Is Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist renewed for season 3?
What is Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist about?
When it was first revealed that NBC’s musical dramedy would be starring some of Broadway’s biggest names, including Oscar winner Mary Steenburgen, Peter Gallagher, Alex Newell, Skylar Astin, and Lauren Graham, fans could not wait to see what the show would be about.
Of course, in true musical fashion, it turned into the compelling story about how Zoey Clarke started hearing the thoughts and feelings of the people around her in the form of “heart songs”.
Is Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist renewed for season 3?
Although Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist quickly became a cult favourite among Broadway and musical lovers, the show was not as successful overall as NBC initially expected it to be. Hence, it was subsequently cancelled after just two seasons.
The news that Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist was cancelled was officially announced in June 2021, just a few months after the second season had wrapped up.
The cast and creators of the show seemed to be just as shocked by this news, and Austin Winsberg, one of the executive producers of the show, even posted a tweet on 9 June 2021, which read:
“NBC/Peacock have decided not to go forward with another season. We can discuss that later. But right now I refuse to believe the show is dead,” before he started encouraging fans to show their support for the show on social media in the hopes of getting NBC to change their minds and renew it.
Unfortunately, the efforts of the cast, creators, and fans seemed to go unnoticed by the NBC executives. In fact, not even the network’s streaming service, Paramount Plus, wanted to pick up Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist for more seasons.
Fortunately, the The Roku Channel streaming service did eventually pick up Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist for a special two-hour long holiday film, called Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas, in 2021 with a promise that if this film was successful, they would consider renewing it for additional seasons.
However, even though this film reportedly exceeded expectations, there has been no official update from Roku about the show being renewed, so far.
What does Austin Winsberg see for the future of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist?
When Winsberg, the creator, writer and executive producer was interviewed about the Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas film, he explained that he wrote the film in a way that would “leave the door open” for more content in the future.
He went on to explain that he would be interested in doing more holiday movies based on the same idea.
This means that even if Roku does decide not to renew Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist for a third season, fans may still get a few holiday films added to the franchise.
Would the cast return if the show was renewed now?
Many of the original cast members of the show took to social media to vent their grievances when the show was cancelled, including lead actress Jane Levy and Alex Newell, who played Mo.
In fact, Winsberg even said that he had talked to some of the main cast members and that they agreed that they would “love to do more if that opportunity came” when the show was just cancelled.
Even Skylar Astin, who played Zoey’s love-interest, Max, on the show, confirmed that he would agree to reprise his role.
Why are fans so adamant about getting Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist renewed?
Although fans of other television shows that got cancelled unexpectedly may feel like Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist fans should be thankful that they at least got a movie in which the story could be wrapped up, this is not quite the case.
While the Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas film did clear up some of the questions that fans may have had about Max’s newfound ability to also hear heart songs, by the end of the film, these powers had vanished again, and most fans were left with more questions than answers.
Most fans are clamouring to have the show picked up for at least one more season, so that they can finally see what Zoey and Max’s relationship would be like now that Max has a better understanding of what it is lie to carry around that sort of power.