NBC STARTS 2021 WITH A TINA FEY COMEDY, FAN FAVORITE GAMESHOWS AND THE RETURN OF EMMY AWARD WINNER “ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST”
Ted Danson and Holly Hunter Starrer “Mr. Mayor” Arrives Jan. 7 While “Zoey’s” Moves Into Its New Tuesday Home on Jan. 5
NBC is starting the new year on a high note with the launch of the new Robert Carlock and Tina Fey-created and produced comedy “Mr. Mayor,” the time period premiere of new medical series “Nurses” and the highly anticipated season two return of critically acclaimed “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.”
In addition, just when we need it most, a new season of frivolity is in the air with the return of “Ellen’s Game of Games.” And when it comes to making its players happy, no show can turn anyone’s financial fortunes around faster than “The Wall,” back for more of its anxiety-inducing ball drops.
“This schedule represents the best of what broadcast has to offer in any season – high quality new and returning dramas, ground-breaking comedy, and family-friendly gameshows,” said Frances Berwick, Chairman, Entertainment Networks. “We know how much our viewers are looking forward to devouring new episodes and new shows, and we are particularly proud, along with all our production partners, to bring these to life in the current environment.”
Starting Jan. 4, Mondays will be a night of fun and games with the season premieres of hit gameshows “Ellen’s Game of Games,” which reached more than 57 million viewers last season, and “The Wall,” which was undefeated in its timeslot last summer. A week later on Jan. 11, “Weakest Link” and host Jane Lynch join the party. “The Weakest Link” has been the most-watched series premiere on the Big 4 networks through the season’s opening eight weeks.
Tuesdays will mark the celebrated season two return of the much beloved “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,” a critical darling that won an Emmy Award in its first season and stars Jane Levy as a whip-smart computer programmer who hears the innermost thoughts of people around her through songs. The series will kick off the night and lead into “This Is Us,” this season’s top scripted drama and #1 in 18-49 for the past five seasons. Tuesdays will conclude with “Nurses,” the network’s new Canadian medical drama acquisition on the heels of one of 2020’s biggest success stories, “Transplant.”
Wednesdays continue with Windy City favorites “Chicago Med,” Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.,” all off to strong starts once again. “Med,” which defeated unscripted timeslot competitors last season in total viewers, remains as popular as ever, and “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.” are both coming off their most-watched seasons.
“Mr. Mayor,” starring Ted Danson and Holly Hunter, will premiere on Thursday, Jan. 7 with two episodes at 8 and 8:30 p.m. ET/PT before moving to its regular 8 p.m. timeslot on Jan. 14 with “Superstore” shifting to 8:30 p.m.
From Emmy Award winners Robert Carlock and Tina Fey, “Mr. Mayor” follows a retired businessman (Danson) who runs for mayor of Los Angeles to prove he’s “still got it.” Once he wins, he has to figure out what he stands for, gain the respect of his biggest critic (Hunter) and connect with his teenage daughter, all while trying to get anything right for America’s second weirdest city.
The eighth season of “The Blacklist” will resume Jan. 22 with the devastating consequences of the fallout between Raymond Reddington (James Spader) and Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) intensifying.
NBC JANUARY SCHEDULE
Monday, Jan. 4
8 p.m.: “Ellen’s Game of Games”
9 p.m.: “Ellen’s Game of Games”
10 p.m.: “The Wall” (Season premiere, special timeslot)
Tuesday, Jan. 5
8 p.m.: “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” (Season premiere)
9 p.m.: “This Is Us”
10 p.m.: “Nurses” (Timeslot premiere)
Wednesday, Jan. 6
8 p.m.: “Chicago Med”
9 p.m.: “Chicago Fire”
10 p.m.: “Chicago P.D.”
Thursday, Jan. 7
8 p.m.: “Mr. Mayor” (Series premiere)
8:30 p.m.: “Mr. Mayor”
9 p.m.: “Law & Order: SVU”
10 p.m.: “Dateline NBC”
Monday, Jan. 11
8 p.m.: “Ellen’s Game of Games”
9 p.m.: “The Wall” (Timeslot premiere)
10 p.m.: “Weakest Link”
Thursday, Jan. 14
8 p.m.: “Mr. Mayor” (Regular timeslot)
8:30 p.m.: “Superstore (New timeslot)
9 p.m.: “Law & Order: SVU”
10 p.m.: “Dateline NBC”
Friday, Jan. 22
8 p.m.: “The Blacklist”
9 p.m.: “Dateline NBC”
NEW COMEDY SERIES
“Mr. Mayor” follows a retired businessman (Ted Danson) who runs for mayor of Los Angeles to prove he’s “still got it.” Once he wins, he has to figure out what he stands for, gain the respect of his biggest critic (Holly Hunter) and connect with his teenage daughter, all while trying to get anything right for America’s second weirdest city.
The series stars Ted Danson, Holly Hunter, Vella Lovell, Mike Cabellon, Kyla Kenedy and Bobby Moynihan.
“Mr. Mayor” is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, Little Stranger, Bevel Gears and 3 Arts Entertainment. Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, Jeff Richmond and David Miner will executive produce. Eric Gurian will serve as a co-executive producer.
NEW DRAMA SERIES
“Nurses,” filmed and set in Toronto, follows five young nurses working on the frontlines of a busy downtown hospital, dedicating their lives to helping others, while struggling to help themselves.
The series stars Tiera Skovbye (“Riverdale”), Natasha Calis (“The Posession”), Jordan Johnson-Hinds (“Blindspot”), Sandy Sidhu (“Home Before Dark”) and Donald MacLean Jr. (“Workin’ Moms”).
Ilana Frank, Linda Pope, Vanessa Piazza, Adam Pettle, Jocelyn Hamilton and Tassie Cameron will executive produce. Julie Puckrin is co-executive producer.
“Nurses” is produced by ICF Films, eOne in association with Corus Entertainment, with the participation of the Canada Media Fund and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. eOne handles international distribution on the series.
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About Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist TV Show
The Roku Channel Inks Deal for Lionsgate's "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" Holiday TV Movie
All-New Feature-Length Film Based on Beloved and Critically Acclaimed Series to Delight Streamers this Holiday Season
Roku, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROKU) and global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) today announced that an all-new feature-length film based on Emmy(R)-winning show "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" will debut on The Roku Channel this holiday season. The project, which will bring the original cast back for a holiday encore, is the first Roku Original feature-length film announced for The Roku Channel. Production for "Zoey's Extraordinary Christmas" will commence in Vancouver this month and will air exclusively for free on The Roku Channel in the U.S., as well as streaming on Roku in Canada and the U.K. In addition to the new feature-length film, all 25 episodes of the fan favorite critically acclaimed series will be available to stream for free on The Roku Channel in the U.S. starting later this fall.
'Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist' is the kind of show that doesn't just entertain people, it speaks to them," said Colin Davis, Roku's Head of Original Scripted Programming. "The show has a healing power about it, which is brought to life by the incredibly talented cast through music and dance. That connection with the audience is what makes bringing a holiday-themed film like Zoey to life with the original cast so special. We are absolutely thrilled to call 'Zoey's Extraordinary Christmas' our first Roku Original film and make it available to both longtime fans and new ones on The Roku Channel this holiday."
The film picks up where season two left off, continuing Zoey's journey as she navigates work, family, love, and everything in between. Golden Globe(R) nominated Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, Alex Newell, John Clarence Stewart, Andrew Leeds, Alice Lee, Michael Thomas Grant, Kapil Talwalkar, David St. Louis, Mary Steenburgen, Peter Gallagher, and Bernadette Peters (nominated for an Emmy(R) for her performance in the series), will all reprise their roles, bringing the same love and passion to the full-length feature film that loyal fans have come to know from the television show. "Zoey's Extraordinary Christmas" is produced by Lionsgate in association with the Tannenbaum Company, Feigco Entertainment and Universal Music Group's Polygram Entertainment and Zihuatenejo Productions.
Creator Austin Winsberg said, "I am so extremely grateful to The Roku Channel for helping us get Zoey to sing again. I can't think of a more appropriate time to hear someone's heart song than the holidays. And Zoey's Extraordinary Christmas will be an opportunity to provide the fans and new viewers alike a chance to all tap their toes and get in the holiday mood. This show has always been about empathy, compassion and the triumph of the human spirit. The Roku Channel has sure lifted mine and I hope that our film can have the same effect on viewers everywhere... "
"Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" television series debuted on NBC in 2020 quickly becoming one of television's most buzzed-worthy shows and a ratings hit. The series was a critic's favorite earning multiple award accolades including an Emmy(R) award for Outstanding Choreography for Scripted Programming,5 Emmy(R) nominations and a Golden Globe(R) nomination for its star Jane Levy. After its run on NBC, the series and talent received immense support on socials through #savezoeysplaylist to continue the story, underscoring the show's loyal fan base.
"The fans were passionate and unwavering in their support, and their perseverance paid off. There's no better encore than a Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist movie on Roku available to stream for the holidays," said Lionsgate EVP, Television & Head of Development Scott Herbst and Lionsgate EVP, Television & Head of Current Programming Lee Hollin. "We're proud to partner with The Roku Channel in bringing compelling, original programming to their fast-growing and engaged audiences. 'Zoey's Extraordinary Christmas' is a continuation of our beloved story and Roku is the perfect home for it."
Austin Winsberg will write and executive produce. Richard Shepard, director of the "Zoey's Extraordinary Play" pilot, will direct. Kim Tannenbaum, Eric Tannenbaum, Paul Feig, David Blackman and Daniel Inkeles will serve as executive producers. Dan Magnante, Jason Wang and Mandy Moore will serve as co-executive producers with Michele Greco serving as producer. Sam Laybourne and Samantha McIntyre are Consulting Producers.
Roku Originals continue to resonate with streamers. The top 5 streamed TV programs by unique view on The Roku Channel this summer (from May 20 to July 18) were all Roku Originals. From award-winning scripted entertainment and engaging documentaries to new breakout unscripted series, Roku Originals gives viewers free access to bold, fresh entertainment from the biggest names in Hollywood. Roku Originals are available exclusively on The Roku Channel.
Established in 2017, The Roku Channel is the home for free entertainment on the Roku platform. In addition to Roku streaming players, The Roku Channel is available on Roku TV models produced by TC and Hisense, plus NOW TV and Sky Q devices.
In this joyous and celebratory drama, Zoey Clarke is 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 realizes this unwanted curse may just be an incredibly wonderful gift.
If there’s a song in your heart, it will get in her head. Jane Levy stars in this high-concept drama as Zoey Clarke, a whip-smart computer coder forging her way in San Francisco. After an unusual event, Zoey, who always preferred podcasts over pop songs, suddenly starts to hear the innermost wants, thoughts and desires of the people around her – her family, co-workers and complete strangers – through popular songs. At first, she questions her own sanity, but after getting some guidance from her musically adept neighbor, Mo, and making a breakthrough with her ailing father, Zoey soon realizes this unwanted curse may just be an incredibly wonderful gift as she connects with the world like never before.
The series stars Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, Alex Newell, John Clarence Stewart, with Peter Gallagher and Mary Steenburgen. Lauren Graham is special guest star.
Austin Winsberg will write and executive produce. Richard Shepard will direct and executive produce (pilot only). Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson, Kim Tannenbaum and Eric Tannenbaum, David Blackman and Daniel Inkeles will executive produce. Jason Wang will co-executive produce. Dan Magnante will produce.
“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” is produced by Lionsgate and Universal Television in association with the Tannenbaum Company, Feigco Entertainment and Universal Music Group’s Polygram.
The cast includes Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, Peter Gallagher, Alex Newell, John Clarence Stewart, Carmen Cusack and Mary Steenburgen.
Austin Winsberg will write and executive produce. Richard Shepard will direct and executive produce (pilot only). Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson, Kim Tannenbaum, Eric Tannenbaum, David Blackman and Daniel Inkeles will executive produce.
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