Wednesday, September 8, 2021

'Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist' to Continue with Holiday Film for Roku

Roku and Lionsgate Television have today closed a deal to produce a feature-length film continuing the story of the original musical comedy series Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, which ran for two seasons on NBC before being cancelled earlier this year.

Production for Zoey's Extraordinary Christmas will commence in Vancouver later this month and will air exclusively for free on The Roku Channel in the U.S., as well as streaming on Roku in Canada and the U.K. Furthermore, all 25 episodes of the series will be available to stream for free on the service in the U.S. starting later this fall.

The film will pick up where season two left off, continuing Zoey's journey as she navigates work, family, love, and everything in between.

Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, Alex Newell, John Clarence Stewart, Andrew Leeds, Alice Lee, Michael Thomas Grant, Kapil Talwalkar, David St. Louis, Mary Steenburgen, Peter Gallagher and Bernadette Peters are set to reprise their roles.

Series creator Austin Winsberg will write the film, with Richard Shepard set to direct. They executive produce with Kim Tannenbaum, Eric Tannenbaum, Paul Feig, David Blackman and Daniel Inkeles. Lionsgate Television, The Tannenbaum Company, Feigco Entertainment, Polygram Entertainment and Zihuatenejo Productions produce.

"I am so extremely grateful to The Roku Channel for helping us get Zoey to sing again," said Winsberg. "I can't think of a more appropriate time to hear someone's heart song than the holidays. And Zoey's Extraordinary Christmas will be an opportunity to provide the fans and new viewers alike a chance to all tap their toes and get in the holiday mood. This show has always been about empathy, compassion and the triumph of the human spirit. The Roku Channel has sure lifted mine and I hope that our film can have the same effect on viewers everywhere."

"Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist is the kind of show that doesn't just entertain people, it speaks to them," added Colin Davis, Head of Original Scripted Programming, The Roku Channel. "The show has a healing power about it, which is brought to life by the incredibly talented cast through music and dance. That connection with the audience is what makes bringing a holiday-themed film like Zoey to life with the original cast so special. We are absolutely thrilled to call Zoey's Extraordinary Christmas our first Roku Original film and make it available to both longtime fans and new ones on The Roku Channel this holiday."