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The day the music didn’t die for Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
June 12th, 2020 under Alex Newell, NBC, Peter Gallagher, Ted Danson Mary Steenburgen. [ Comments: 2 ]


It has been a month since NBC was supposed to announce their lineup for the 2020-2021 season, but they haven’t announced it yet because everything is up in the air because of the coronavirus pandemic. Several of their shows were left waiting to find out if they would still have a home on the network.

Good Girls was told they things are still good with the bad girls. The fat lady sang for Perfect Harmony. The Bone Collector killed Lincoln Rhyme. Manifest is still not sure if it crashed and burned or if it will land safely on their schedule. Indebted is waiting to find out if they indebted to NBC.

Finally, there is Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. Did the music die for last season’s best new show? NOPE! They will be around to sing for another day, which is a good thing for the peacock network. If they had silenced their actors’ voices, then we would have gone nuts. As in found something to send them like when we sent CBS peanuts to save Jericho. We could have sent them cereal because of the cereal bar that is at her office. But we don’t have to do that because the series is coming back!

If you missed out on the musical dramedy when it aired, I highly suggest you watch it now on NBC’s app, OnDemand or Hulu. ZEP is about workaholic programmer Zoey (Jane Levy) whose life changes while she is stuck in an MRI machine during an earthquake. When Zoey gets out of it, she now has the ability to hear people’s heart songs. As in, she is the only one who can see them sing and dance. Something that seems like a curse to her, and a dream come true for us viewers.

ZEP also stars Skylar Astin, Alex Newell, John Clarence Stewart, Peter Gallagher(?), Mary Steenburgen, and Lauren Graham.

Now I am off to watch to some more of the amazing song and dance numbers from the first season like the above one that was shot in one take. You read that right, the finale, not the swan song, was done in one take. Now you know you want to see more, don’t you?

I just want to know if we should be reading too much into her five last words of the season, “They day the music died.”

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How well did Mary Steenburgen do on a Back to the Future III test?
May 25th, 2020 under Michael J Fox, Taxi, Ted Danson Mary Steenburgen. [ Comments: none ]


Thirty years ago today, the final Back to the Future film came out in theaters. In honor of the anniversary, Yahoo! Entertainment had a 14-question quiz asking questions about the 1990 movie that starred Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, and Mary Steenburgen.

As soon as I saw it, I asked the three stars on Twitter (something Back to the Future II didn’t predict) how they would do if they took the test. The actress took it and revealed that she got a “9 out of 14 and I’m Clara! 😄”

In her defense it is a really hard test, I only got 3 out of 14 right. Which I guess is appropriate since it is Back to the Future III!

On a serious note, I am naming Mary Steenburgen as one of the nicest people in Hollywood, along with Henry Winkler, Jerry O’Connell, Tom Hanks, and Josh Groban. We need more people in this town like her.

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BTWF: Ted Danson on Family
May 19th, 2020 under Before They Were Famous, Ted Danson Mary Steenburgen. [ Comments: none ]


Before Ted Danson picked up the ladies with baseball past on Cheers, he was picking them on roller skates on Family. He looks the same now as he did when he was 33 in that 1980 episode.

So yesterday, I saw that Decades added Bosom Buddies to their lineup, and I decided to add it to my DVR. Then I decided to check out what else they had on their network, and I saw they air Family. I never watched it, so I decided to record it too and see if it is any good.

When I woke up this morning, I watched the episode and who was on it? Ted Danson. I think I am in a good place with my new addiction.

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There’s a Bad Moon Rising on Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’s season finale
May 3rd, 2020 under Alex Newell, Peter Gallagher, Ted Danson Mary Steenburgen. [ Comments: none ]


Get your tissues ready for tonight’s season finale of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist on NBC tonight at 9p.

The episode starts off with Zoey (Jane Levy) singing Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Bad Moon Rising, and now she wants to know what it means? Does it have anything to do with her BFF Max (Skylar Astin) getting fired from his job? Is Joan (Lauren Graham) getting fired over the failed bake-off for Chirp? Did something happen to Simon (John Clarence Stewart), who went to his estranged mother’s wedding in Las Vegas? What about Mo (Alex Newell), who is not taking their breakup very well? Is there something wrong with her brother David (Andrew Leeds) and Emily’s (Alice Lee) baby? And then there is her dad (Peter Gallagher) who is in the final stages of his life?

Just when you think you know what is going to happen, they find a way to surprise. The one thing that won’t surprise you is how well they tug are your heartstrings. Thus, why you need the tissues.

Tonight’s episode a nice tribute to a great season of television. We need more shows like it on the air. Enough procedurals, why can’t a drama be a feel-good one.

One spoiler note, the season ends with a finale number that includes the whole cast.

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Who gets fired on tonight’s Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist?
April 26th, 2020 under Alex Newell, NBC, Peter Gallagher, Ted Danson Mary Steenburgen. [ Comments: 4 ]


Tonight’s Zoey Extraordinary Playlist brings the tears on tonight’s episode, but the music makes everything seem better.

As Jane’s (Jane Levy) father (Peter Gallagher) gets closer to losing his brave fight with his illness, his family goes funeral shopping. Jane, her mom (Mary Steenburgen) and her brother (Andrew Leeds) go to a cemetery to take a look at their options. They meet (Paul Feig, Executive Producer) and he gives them the hard sell. It is really hard on Maggie (Steenburgen) and she just gotta get out of that if it’s the last thing she ever does.

Maggie tells Zoey it is just too hard, and she doesn’t know what to do because she doesn’t know anyone who has been through it. Zoey goes back to the funeral home and meets a widow (Bernadette Peters), who doesn’t seem that sad. Zoey asks her if she will help her mom through this process. After watching Steenburgen and Peters share the screen together, I want them to share the stage in a musical.

Zoey is able to help her mom, but she needs help with the bake-off over Chirp. Now that Max (Skylar Astin) and Leif (Michael Thomas Grant) are working on the 6th floor, Zoey’s team is down 2 people. Do they even have a chance of winning?

Leif is still broken-hearted over losing his love, Joan (Lauren Graham), his boss, and sings her a sad song. He is not the only one because Max is telling Zoey, bye, bye, bye.

There is one more person whose heart gets broken tonight, Mo (Alex) breaks up with Mo’s boyfriend.

All of this leads to someone getting fired from SPRQPoint. Guess who?

I don’t know what makes me sadder, the sad songs, or that next week is the season finale. I am going with the latter. I don’t want this show to end because it is my new favorite show on television. I just love it so much!

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