Why Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist Still Hasn't Been Renewed Yet

Skylar Astin as Max and Jane Levy as Zoey Clarke in Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist.

While Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’s second season came to an end over a week ago, there is still no word yet on whether or not there will be a third season. Recently, there were discussions on it possibly moving to NBCUniversal’s streaming platform, Peacock, but as of now, no decision has been finalized. An NBC exec shared why the show has yet to be renewed, but while waiting, there’s another way for fans to get their Zoey’s fix very soon.

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, along with fellow veteran series Manifest and Good Girls, as well as freshman series Debris, have yet to be cancelled or renewed by NBC. With Zoey’s and Debris already airing their season finales, that leaves Manifest and Good Girls left. The four bubble shows are also the last remaining series to get an official word from NBC, and executive Susan Rovner explained to Deadline why it’s taking so long and when they hope to make a decision:

We are not going to make our decisions yet on those shows. Some of them are still airing, and we want to give all our shows an opportunity to finish airing before we make those decisions. We don’t know the exact timing yet, but we’re not making decisions yet on those shows.

As fans wait for news on Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’s impending renewal or cancellation, they can fall in love with the show's heart and dance numbers all over again this Memorial Day weekend. From Sunday, May 30 to Memorial Day (Monday, May 31) E! will broadcast all 25 episodes of the NBC musical dramedy back-to-back, beginning with the pilot episode on Sunday at 9 a.m. EST. It seems as if the studio is trying to get more viewers invested in the series before making final decisions in the coming weeks.

Season 2 of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist took things up a notch. Despite the pandemic, which wasn’t included in the series, the musical numbers were still bigger than ever. The NBC dramedy even included an original song for the first time, which, if it is renewed for Season 3, could only be the start of more original songs. Meanwhile, at one point, Zoey’s took a serious turn as Simon opened up about systemic racism in the workplace. The Season 2 finale left on some big cliffhangers and had some open-ended questions about some of the characters. It would be pretty disappointing if NBC were to choose to cancel the series with so many storylines still open.

There is no telling right now when NBC could make a decision on Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. But, with Manifest’s season finale on June 10 and Good Girls’ on July 22, it’s entirely possible there won’t be a decision until after the latter airs, or right before.

Catch the first two seasons of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist in a two-day marathon on E! starting this Sunday, May 30 at 9 a.m. EST. You can also watch the musical dramedy on Peacock.

Megan Behnke
Freelance TV News Writer

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