With Season 2 of NBC’s Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist rapidly approaching, anticipation for the musical dramedy is on the rise. Being that the show takes place in pretty much real time, fans may wonder if they can expect to see Jane Levy’s titular character in a mask and hear musical numbers about social distancing. If you were concerned about the pandemic clouding the already emotional storyline of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, you need not worry, as it’s been confirmed that te COVID pandemic will not exist in the same world as Zoey and her friends.
The creator of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, Austin Winsberg, assured fans in an interview with ET that the pandemic we are experiencing will not touch Zoey’s world. Here's how he put it:
This is most likely a huge sigh of relief to fans, and a smart move for the show. Musicals like Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, although set in a realistic world, are still escapist shows. Yes, there are some strong emotions behind a lot of the musical numbers, but breaking into song and dance is not the status quo of real life, as much as we may wish it was. In these pandemic times when many people haven’t seen friends and family in close to a year, we at least want our fictional music numbers to be fun and fancy (mask)free.
Even though COVID is not present in Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, viewers will apparently get to see some similar pandemic-centric emotions reflected in what Zoey is going through. At the end of Season 1, we saw Zoey lose her father and can expect to witness some lingering grief, at the very least, in Season 2. Whether metaphorically or quite literally, Zoey's loss can easily mirror the tragedies that have occurred across the country during the pandemic.
According to the show’s creator, we can expect even more nods to the hardships everyone has faced this past year, and will continue to face for the unforeseen future. Here's hoping they still find ways to pepper in the laughs and warm feelings, though.
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