‘Gilmore Girls’ Lauren Graham Joins ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’

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28 Aug 19

‘Gilmore Girls’ Lauren Graham Joins ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’

NBC’s new musical dramedy Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is adding ‘Gilmore Girls’ vet Lauren Graham it has been announced.

‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ stars Jane Levy (‘Castle Rock’, ‘Suburgatory’) as Zoey Clarke, a whip-smart computer coder forging her way in San Francisco. After an unusual event, she starts to hear the innermost wants and desires of the people around her through songs. At first, she questions her own sanity but soon realises this unwanted curse may just be an incredibly wonderful gift (which also gives them an excuse for big musical numbers!)

Lauren Graham takes the series regular role of Joan, the boss of Jane Levy’s Zoey. The part was originally played by Carmen Cusack in the pilot.

Graham is best known for her role as the fast-talking single mother Lorelai Gilmore in the fantastic ‘Gilmore Girls’, which ran for 7 seasons on WB/CW, before returning for a revival on Netflix in 2016. She also starred in NBC series ‘Parenthood’, and has popped up in shows such as ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and ‘Web Therapy’, along with films such as ‘Bad Santa’, and ‘Evan Almighty’.

She joins the previously announced cast which includes Skylar Astin (‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’), Alex Newell (‘Glee’), Mary Steenburgen (‘The Last Man on Earth’), Peter Gallagher (‘The O.C.’, ‘Covert Affairs’), John Clarence Stewart (‘Luke Cage’) and Andrew Leeds (‘Bones’, ‘Barry’).

The series comes from ‘Jake in Progress’ creator Austin Winsberg, whose other work includes ‘Gossip Girl’ and ‘9JKL’. She is no stranger to musicals though, having written the book for Broadway musical First Date and also wrote NBC’s ‘The Sound of Music Live!’

The show is produced by Lionsgate in association with the Tannenbaum Company, FeigCo Entertainment and Universal Music Group. Winsberg exec produces the series with Paul Feig and Jessie Henderson (FeigCo Entertainment), alongside Kim and Eric Tannenbaum (The Tannenbaum Co), with David Blackman and Daniel Inkeles (Polygram).

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist Season 1 is set to premiere “midseason” on NBC in the US (so Early-ish 2020). No news on a UK broadcaster yet, but we’ll let you know when we hear something.