Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist was a signature delight from NBC that only got better as time went on, following Zoey (Jane Levy) as she worked through her newfound powers that allowed her to hear people singing their heart songs. Sadly, the show was cancelled by NBC at the end of season two – just as Zoey’s best friend Max (Skylar Astin) got powers of his own. But fortunately the Roku Channel came in to save the day and commission a movie continuation and keep the magic alive.
Awards Radar had the chance to speak with Astin about the joy of working on this show and its musical numbers. On what the future holds for Zoey’s extraordinary universe and his potential participation in it, Astin said:
“No official news. I think that’s the consensus though – it was a big success, Roku’s very happy with it. We were very happy with Roku, so that’s above my paygrade. But they know how quickly I said yes to the first movie, so they know my number.”
He also talked about the Hanukkah movie he’s already written with his Crazy Ex-Girlfriend costar Danny Jolles:
“I have a full script. I have songs that I wrote for it that are recorded. It is a matter of getting the right production company, getting the right distributor. It’s not a wildly expensive movie, but it’s not a small, low-budget either, being that it’s a holiday movie. So the hardest part is over, we put pen to paper. We love it, everyone that’s read it loves it, family and friends. I actually have a meeting with a production company this week, and they’re going to give me some notes. It’s kind of like The Santa Clause meets Elf with a Mel Brooks spin.”
Watch the full conversation below:
Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas is streaming exclusively on The Roku Channel.