Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas, a spinoff film from the cancelled NBC series Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, has been given a greenlight at Roku.
Series star Jane Levy as well as the rest of the show’s regular cast will be returning for the project. Series creator Austin Winsberg will write the movie and Richard Shepard, who directed the show’s pilot, will return for similar duties as well.
It was reported last monthreported last month that Lionsgate, the series’ producer, and streaming app Roku were in negotiations for the continuation movie. Now that all of that has been finalized, production is set to begin later this month in Vancouver. No air date has been announced.
Roku made the announcement via twitter-
— The Roku Channel (@TheRokuChannel) September 8, 2021
A rather unique spin on musicals, Levy stars as the titular Zoey, a young software programmer who, after an accident involving an ipod, an MRI and an earthquake, discovers that she can see people’s inner thoughts and feelings being expressed by them as song and dance numbers. In other words, the metatextual conceit of musicals becomes the an actual part of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist‘s textual narrative. Zoey soon finds herself using this new insight into her friends and co-workers to try and help them with their individual personal problems while also dealing with her own tumultuous love life and career.
Following the show’s cancellationshow’s cancellation at the end of its second this past spring, Lionsgate tried to move the show over to NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming platform, but a deal became too complicated to work out in relation to the deal which had the show’s first two seasons streaming on Hulu.