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Star-studded musical numbers occurring on the streets of San Francisco may become a more familiar sight, now that NBC has officially picked up the new TV show, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.”
The show shot musical scenes choreographed by “La La Land” mastermind Mandy Moore for its pilot in San Francisco’s North Beach and Telegraph Hill last month, apparently to the delight of the network. The show has since been scheduled for a mid-season premiere, according to Variety.
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The show, produced by “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig, centers around a woman named Zoey (played by Jane Levy), who works as a coder in San Francisco. After a freak event — reportedly involving an earthquake and an MRI machine — Zoey gains the ability to hear the innermost thoughts of those around her … in song form. Her new skill becomes both a blessing and a curse, enabling her to succeed in work but also complicating her friendships and love life.
Mary Steenburgen and Peter Gallagher play Zoey’s parents, with others in the cast playing Zoey’s friends and co-workers, including Skylar Astin, John Clarence Stewart, Alex Newell. Carmen Cusack, as Playbill reports, plays Zoey’s “tech pioneer boss.”
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The trailer hasn’t yet been released for the new show, but some critics, like those of TVLine, are already on board. The site’s Rebecca Iannucci heralds Levy’s casting in the show, calling the series “quirky and original.”