NBC is developing a musical dramedy from “Jake in Progress” creator Austin Winsberg and “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig, called “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.”
The project, which has a script-commitment-plus-penalty, follows a whip-smart, socially awkward girl in her late 20s who is suddenly given an extraordinary ability to know the deepest desires of the people around her through songs. Feig will direct the series, which is from his production company, FeigCo, as well as Lionsgate, The Tannenbaum Company, and Universal Music Group.
Winsberg and Feig will executive produce with Jessie Henderson, Kim Tannenbaum, Eric Tannenbaum and Jason Wang.
Musicals were a favorite of now-former NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, who pushed the Broadway-themed musical series “Smash” when he first got the job. Under Greenblatt, NBC also brought back the live musical, with its holiday productions of “The Sound of Music,” “Peter Pan,” “The Wiz,” “Hairspray,” and this past Easter’s “Jesus Christ Superstar.”
Greenblatt also famously did a duet with Dolly Parton during NBCUniversal’s 2015 upfront presentation to advertisers at Radio City Music Hall.
Earlier this week, Greenblatt stepped down from his post. Two members of his executive team, George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy, were promoted to co-chairmen.