Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist
|Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist|
|Created by||Austin Winsberg|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8 (list of episodes)|
|Production location(s)||Richmond, British Columbia|
|Running time||43 minutes|
|Distributor||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||January 7, 2020 –|
Cast and characters
- Jane Levy as Zoey Clarke, a programmer who has been recently promoted to engineering manager at San Francisco-based SPRQ Point, a tech firm specializing in smart devices and apps. An earthquake occurs while she is getting an MRI; she subsequently discovers her mind can now perceive the innermost thoughts of others in the form of popular songs and lyrical dance.
- Skylar Astin as Max, Zoey's coworker at SPRQ Point and her closest friend, who has feelings for her.
- Alex Newell as Mo, Zoey's genderfluid neighbor and DJ, who tries to help her understand the extent of her power.
- John Clarence Stewart as Simon, a new employee at SPRQ Point. He and Zoey bond over their shared experiences of tragedy, but he is engaged.
- Peter Gallagher as Mitch Clarke, Zoey's father who has a rare neurological disease, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), which causes him to lose muscular faculties. He's unable to speak, though is able to type short phrases on a computer.
- Mary Steenburgen as Maggie Clarke, Zoey's mother and Mitch’s main caregiver.
- Lauren Graham as Joan, Zoey's boss at SPRQPoint.[Note 1]
- Michael Thomas Grant as Leif, a coder and professional rival of Zoey, who is part of her engineering team.
- Kapil Talwalkar as Tobin, a bro-y coder at SPRQPoint and Leif’s best friend. He is also part of Zoey's team.
- Andrew Leeds as David Clarke, Zoey’s older brother and a public defender.
- Stephanie Styles as Autumn, a barista who begins dating Max at Zoey's insistence.
- Alice Lee as Emily, David's wife who is pregnant with their child and a public defender.
- India de Beaufort as Jessica, Simon's fiancee
On January 12, 2019, the production officially received a pilot order. The pilot was written by Austin Winsberg who executive produces alongside Richard Shepard, Paul Feig, Kim Tannenbaum, Eric Tannenbaum, David Blackman and Daniel Inkeles. Production companies involved with the pilot include Lionsgate Television and Universal Television. On May 12, 2019, it was announced that the production had been given a series order. A few days later, it was announced that the series would premiere as a mid-season replacement in the mid-season of 2020. The series premiered as a special preview on January 7, and moved to its regular time-slot on February 16, 2020.
In February 2019, it was announced that Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, Alex Newell and Mary Steenburgen had been cast in the pilot's leading roles. The pilot was ordered. In March 2019 it was reported that Peter Gallagher, John Clarence Stewart and Carmen Cusack had joined the cast. On May 23, 2019, Andrew Leeds was cast as David in a recurring role. On August 27, 2019, it was announced that Lauren Graham had replaced Cusack in the role of Joan. On September 6, 2019, it was announced that Michael Thomas Grant, Kapil Talwalkar and Stephanie Styles were cast in recurring capacities.
Principal photography for the first season began on September 3, 2019, and ended on January 30, 2020, in Richmond, British Columbia. The closing credits note that the pilot was partially filmed in San Francisco, with a number of open air musical productions shot on the downtown streets of The Embarcadero and North Beach. Mandy Moore serves as a producer and the choreographer for the series.
|No.||Title ||Directed by||Written by||Original air date ||U.S viewers|
|1||"Pilot"||Richard Shepard||Austin Winsberg||January 7, 2020||2.66|
|Zoey is dealing with a lot in her life: she is trying to get a promotion at work, and her beloved father is slowly dying from a neurological disease. Fearing that she might be developing symptoms herself, she gets an MRI. An earthquake during the procedure alters her brain patterns so she can now essentially read minds as people begin singing their private thoughts and feelings to her. She uses her power to emotionally connect with a hurting coworker, Simon, whom she has a crush on. Later, her gift allows her to communicate with her father for the first time in months. Zoey organizes a sailing trip to lift her father's spirits, and takes charge at work in dealing with a system software bug. This impresses her boss, Joan, who agrees to give her the promotion. When she tells some of this to her close friend Max, she accidentally discovers that he's been secretly in love with her for years.|
|2||"Zoey's Extraordinary Best Friend"||Adam Davidson||Austin Winsberg||February 16, 2020||2.01|
|Hoping to draw Max's affections away from her, Zoey sets him up with Autumn, her favorite barista. Her latest project at work, a virtual scavenger hunt designed as part of a company promotion, goes horribly wrong when her overbearing leadership fails to motivate her team. Out of desperation, she finishes the whole project herself, upsetting Joan, who is disappointed at her inability to be an effective manager. At home, Zoey's father sings "Moondance" to her mother. Zoey believes it's a sign he wants to get intimate. She tells her mother, who is delighted, since her husband, despite gaining more control over his muscle movements thanks to improved medication, is still unable to effectively communicate with her. Zoey takes Simon's advice and tells her team members how much she appreciates them to win their trust. Later, she and Mo discuss her power, and Zoey realizes that she may be able to use it to help people with their problems.|
|3||"Zoey's Extraordinary Boss"||Daisy von Scherler Mayer||Sam Laybourne||February 23, 2020||1.96|
|Zoey learns Joan is having issues with her marriage. Initially, she decides not to get involved, but finds herself hounded by Joan's song: "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction". Zoey opens a dialogue with Joan, who shares about her neglectful, controlling husband Charlie. Zoey also notices her mother, Maggie, is feeling unappreciated at home, constantly caring for Mitch without taking time for herself. After Maggie instigates an altercation at a grocery store, Zoey and her brother stage an intervention and suggest taking turns caring for Mitch. At the launch party where Charlie is scheduled to debut SPRQ's new smartwatch, Joan tells him their marriage is finished. At Zoey's urging, she does the product demo herself, which is well-received. Zoey overcomes her earlier reluctance and joins Simon in a dance.|
|4||"Zoey's Extraordinary Neighbor"||Adam Davidson||Gretchen J. Berg & Aaron Harberts||March 1, 2020||2.06|
|Zoey discovers that Mo, a choir singer in his spare time, dresses as a man while performing; when she tries to intervene, Mo angrily tells her to stay out of it. Joan becomes depressed and starts fasting, leaving Zoey concerned that her efforts to help others are backfiring. David, noticing that Mitch is upset at the thought of being unable to celebrate the birth of his grandchild, decides to throw a gender-reveal party for him. Maggie is hired to help prepare Simon's wedding, and Zoey confesses to her that her feelings for Simon stem partially from their shared experience of losing fathers. Mo stops attending church, feeling like a hypocrite, so when he sees Zoey help an agoraphobic neighbor leave her apartment for the first time, it inspires him to finally accept who he is and perform dressed as a woman.|
|5||"Zoey's Extraordinary Failure"||Darnell Martin||Jack Kenny & Austin Winsberg||March 8, 2020||1.93|
|A rift opens between Zoey and her brother when she reveals his fear of fatherhood to his wife Emily, harming their relationship. When she calls him to mend fences, he tells her that they need some time apart before he can forgive her. Max makes the decision to break up with Autumn after realizing that they want different things in life. Leif receives a negative peer review at work and falls into despair as he doesn't know how to handle criticism, so Zoey lets him blame her for the review (which Joan actually wrote) to help him move past it. Maggie contemplates shutting down the garden design business she founded with Mitch, but changes her mind when Zoey intervenes. That night, Simon comes over to her apartment to share his feelings about the anniversary of his father's death. Zoey tells him to go when her power reveals his true feelings for her.|
|6||"Zoey's Extraordinary Night Out"||Rose Troche||Lindsey Rosin||March 15, 2020||1.93|
|Max learns through Zoey that Autumn is furious at him for ending their relationship; he turns to Mo, who advises him to forget the past and gives him a makeover so he can move on. Zoey decides not to attend Simon's engagement party out of fear that his fiancée Jessica believes she and Simon have feelings for each other. Instead, she goes out drinking with Joan, which eventually winds up taking them right to Simon's party. While drunk, Joan and Leif come up with a new tech idea. Mo meets Eddie, one of Jessica's bridesmen. Jessica publicly accuses Zoey of sleeping with her soon-to-be husband, and kicks her out. She then receives a call from Maggie that Mitch has injured his back while going up the stairs. Max steps up, taking Zoey to see her father, and she begins to contemplate whether they might still have a future together.|
|7||"Zoey's Extraordinary Confession"||Richie Keen||Davah Avena||March 22, 2020||1.95|
|Zoey decides to tell Max the truth about her power. He believes she's mocking him and his feelings, so she tries to convince him by helping Leif and Tobin fix their friendship, which has been strained by Leif's new project. Leif admits that he wants to focus more on work, and that he expects Tobin to do the same. Max remains unconvinced, so Zoey then tells him she always knew he loved her but never said anything. This proves to be the last straw, and while Zoey is able to save their relationship by confessing her fears of commitment, Max tells her it's not enough to fix things. Maggie hires a nurse to care for Mitch, but when she ignores his wishes, Maggie fires her and hires a more laid-back caregiver. Zoey catches Leif and Joan discussing their growing attraction towards each other and kissing.|
|8||"Zoey's Extraordinary Glitch"||Jon Turteltaub||Samantha McIntyre||March 29, 2020||1.88|
|9||"Zoey's Extraordinary Silence"||TBA||Matthew Irving Epstein||April 5, 2020||TBD|
|10||"Zoey's Extraordinary Outburst"||TBA||Adam Armus||April 19, 2020||TBD|
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 73% approval rating with an average rating of 7.78/10, based on 30 reviews. The website's critical consensus states, "Though it hits the occasional sour note, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist manages to carry a pretty enjoyable tune, thanks in large part to the always charming Jane Levy." On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 68 out of 100, based on 12 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
|1||"Pilot"||January 7, 2020||0.6||2.66||TBD||1.05||TBD||3.71|
|2||"Zoey's Extraordinary Best Friend"||February 16, 2020||0.4||2.01||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|3||"Zoey's Extraordinary Boss"||February 23, 2020||0.5||1.96||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|4||"Zoey's Extraordinary Neighbor"||March 1, 2020||0.4||2.06||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|5||"Zoey's Extraordinary Failure"||March 8, 2020||0.3||1.93||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|6||"Zoey's Extraordinary Night Out"||March 15, 2020||0.4||1.93||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|7||"Zoey's Extraordinary Confession"||March 22, 2020||0.4||1.95||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|8||"Zoey's Extraordinary Glitch"||March 29, 2020||0.4||1.88||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
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