We at Fangirlish have never been shy about how much we love Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. So it should come as a surprise to nobody that we’re on board with the #SaveZoeysPlaylist Twitter trend. It’s one of the most interesting – and original – shows on television. The premise is unique, the characters endearing, and the musical numbers phenomenal. It also is one of the rare network shows nowadays to get critical acclaim in the form of award show nominations. Which begs the question…what was NBC thinking in cancelling it?
Sadly, we’ll probably never know the answer to that. I had several thoughts on the matter, but most of them involved cursing. And, sure, I could spend this entire article dropping every f-bomb in my arsenal in response to today’s news that NBC had chosen not to pick up Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist for a third season. (I certainly uttered enough of them out loud to warrant my own title card.)
But this isn’t the time to hide in my isolation pod and pout about the indignity of it all. Or to scream “Noooooooo!” to the heavens like I’ve just realized I’ve finally become one of the most iconic villains in cinematic history. This is the time for fans to take action to try to save this remarkable show. And, according to show runner Austin Winsberg, there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon.
Will the fans’ attempts to #SaveZoeysPlaylist come to fruition? It’s hard to say. Not that long ago, when a show was killed by a network, it more or less stayed dead. But we live in the era of shows like Lucifer and Brooklyn 99, both of which received stays of execution following their premature cancellation. So if fans (and those involved with the show) have hope that their hashtag movement will help save the show, it’s not without reason.
Bottom line, another network or (more likely) streaming service should save the show. It’s got a passionate fan base. It gets those increasingly rare nominations from major awards shows. And it has an impressive online presence – and apparently does fairly well with streaming viewership.
Whether the hashtag – which trended at #1 for several hours after news of cancellation – is successful remains to be seen. But if you’re like us at Fangirlish and you really want to see this incredible show get a second lease on life, join in the #SaveZoeysPlaylist discussion on Twitter! And if you’re anything like me, every time you’re reminded that NBC actually cancelled one of the best shows on air, feel free to join me in a well-deserved curse or two.
Zoeys Extraordinary Playlist season 2 is available for streaming on Hulu.