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Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist Season 3 - What We Know So Far

Call it the waiting game. With fans breathlessly anticipating every single announcement coming out of NBC, every new tidbit of news is likely to be met with cheers — or jeers — from fanbases who have become extraordinarily devoted to the shows of their dreams.

Thus it is for fans of "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist," who, as of press time, await news of the show's cancellation or renewal. According to Deadline, the show might see a move to Peacock for its third season, and "Zoey" showrunner Austin Winsberg told the outlet he was "cautiously optimistic" that it will make a season three pick-up. 

The series revolves around Zoey Clarke (Jane Levy, of "Don't Breathe"), a somewhat introverted programmer who works as an engineering manager for SPRQ Point in San Francisco. When an earthquake occurs during an MRI, the scan technician's voluminous playlist downloads directly to Zoey's brain and allows her to see the innermost thought and feeling of the people around her — all of them expressed to her through musical numbers and sometimes elaborate dances.

Keep reading to find out what we know about the possible third season of "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist."

When will Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist season 3 be released?

The airdate of a third season of "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" hinges on when (and if) the season is greenlit. It's possible that the show could emerge in the early fall of 2021, but NBC has a fondness for placing "Zoey" either in its midseason or over the summer months. The show just concluded Season 2 on May 16th. 

If the show is greenlit, it's possible fans could see new episodes as early as September 2021, and as late as February 2022. This doesn't take into account how much time it might take to move the series from Peacock to network schedule filming, or whether music licensing challenges might await such a song-heavy show. It's hard to say.

In spite of its large cast and elaborate dance numbers, there were no production delays related to Covid-19 attached to the filming of Zoey's second season, which means — given vaccinations, and so forth — that the third season should be similarly smooth sailing.

Who will be back for the third season of Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist?

While, so far, no contracts have been signed for the third season of "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist," it's likely that Jane Levy will return as Zoey Clarke, and Mary Steenburgen will return as her mother, Maggie. Skylar Astin would likely return as Zoey's boyfriend, Max, and Alex Newell as Zoey's neighbor and as of recent close friend, Mo, and John Clarence Stewart to return as Simon. 

It's possible that Peter Gallagher will return for a cameo or two as Mitch, Zoey's late father (who died in a storyline based on the showrunner's own personal family tragedy), who appeared to her as a ghost after his Season 1 death. Kapil Talwalkar and Michael Thomas Grant should be back as Tobin and Leif, respectively, and Andrew Leeds and Alice Lee will likely return as Zoey's brother David and his wife Emily Kang. As for the rest of the show's recurring characters, it certainly would not be shocking if they popped up as well.

What will season 3 of Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist be about?

This slide contains spoiler for the season 2 finale of Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist

After Season 2's finale, there's one big plot point that needs to be addressed in the third season, which is that Max can now hear Zoey's thoughts — her heart song, as expressed via musical numbers. Both characters are baffled by this sudden development, which will likely be explored by further Season 3 developments as they come. It begs the question: could it be that it's love, heartache and destiny — as opposed to a shot of high-voltage electricity — which have formed Zoey's powers?

Further plotlines would likely continue to address Zoey's work life, and her mother's emergence into the dating world. Winsberg told Variety that he plans on expanding the stories of Simon, Mo, and Maggie, in particular. He also told the magazine that he plans on bringing back Perry (David St. Louis), a man Mo had begun to see during Season 2, as well as his children, if the third season is greenlit. 

For now, it's still early days, but stay tuned to Looper for more information as it develops.