‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ is a musical dramedy, run by Austin Winsberg, who has previously created ‘Gossip Girl.’ Paul Feig wears the director’s hat for the show. His notable works include ‘Bridesmaids,’ ‘Ghostbusters,’ and ‘The Heat.’
The show follows an introvert coder, who accidentally gains the power to hear the deepest, funniest, and darkest desires of the people around her. The strangest part is, they all appear to her via visual songs, causing her to wonder whether the power is the devil’s curse or an angel’s kiss. The delightfully bizarre show is already reveling in popularity because of its idiosyncratic plot and gleaming cast.
Now the question remains: Do the songs overpower the emotional entertainment value, or does ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ manage to strike a balance between both? Here’s everything we know about the show.
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Season 1 Release Date: When Will it Premiere?
‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ is all set to air as a mid-season replacement on January 7, 2020,. After that, it will move back to the usual slot from February 16, 2020. You can watch all the episodes on NBC.
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Cast: Who is in it?
‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ has an ensemble cast with scream queen Jane Levy as the titular lead Zoey Clarke, who now possesses music telepathic powers. Levy is known for her performance in horror thrillers ‘Evil Dead’ and ‘Don’t Breathe,’ and the TV adaption of Stephen King’s ‘Castle Rock.’ She brings the required zest in this quirky musical drama. Joining her is ‘Graves’ alum Skylar Astin, who plays Max, Zoey’s humorous co-worker with an eccentric vibe. Also, Astin’s experience with singing on ‘Pitch Perfect’ comes in handy on the show.
Talking about her character, Levy says, “We meet Zoey during a hard time in her life. You never know what the person next to you is going through, and music brings us all together.”
Adding to the talented cast is Peter Gallagher, as Zoey’s father Mitch, who has fallen into a degenerative backslide. Gallagher’s notable works include ‘The O.C.’ and ‘Grace and Frankie.’ ‘Glee’ fame Alex Newell steps into the stereotypical character of Mo, a young and cool black person, living next door to Zoey. Mo is – wait for it – Zoey’s close friend, who has all the time in the world to solve Zoey’s problems. ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’ star Mary Steenburgen is Zoey’s mother Maggie, oversensitive but understanding.
‘Luke Cage’ actor John Clarence Stewart is Zoey’s cheeky but charming colleague Simon, who is also her crush. ‘Gilmore Girls’ star Lauren Graham returns to TV as Zoey’s boss Joan. She is headstrong with a Meryl Streep-esque (‘Devil Wears Prada’) attitude.
The recurring cast comprises of Michael Thomas Grant essaying the role of Zoey’s rival co-worker Leif, Kapil Talwalkar as Tobin, ‘Veep’ fame Andrew Leeds as Zoey’s sibling David, and Stephanie Styles as Autumn.
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Plot: What is it About?
Playlist follows a girl in her late 20s, Zoey Clarke, a first-rate coder working in a tech firm, as she develops a peculiar hearing ability, through which she can now have one-sided communications with the people around her. Well, it so happens that Zoey’s father Mitch has Progressive Supranuclear Palsy – a rare neurological disorder which is getting worse day by day.
Fearing a gift of inheritance, Zoey decides to take an MRI test. Everything goes smoothly until a minor earthquake causes the machine to act funny and Bam! Zoey is now able to hear the personal desires and wishes of everyone she passes by. The weirdly exciting part is, she can only witness them in over the top dance and song numbers. Zoey begins questioning her sanity initially but soon gives up on the idea that she is crazy and accepts that the power she is referring to as a curse, might actually be a blessing in disguise. Now, a nervous but smart Zoey aims at using the gift to help others and also to strengthen her relationships with the ones that matter to her.
The contemporary musical-comedy introduces a sublime moment when Zoey’s father, Mitch, unexpectedly breaks his unresponsive stupor to express his feelings to her daughter via Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors.”
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Trailer
Will ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ season 1 strike a chord with the audience or fall flat on its face? Check out the trailer before you find out!
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