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The first 20 minutes of the pilot of "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist"
2020. Austin Winsberg
A Hallmark movie heroine is bitten by a radioactive playlist.
Pilots are difficult because they have to lay out the premise of a show to their audience. Zoey wanders through a world of pure exposition - every conversation she has goes like this:
Friend: Zoey, you should talk to that hot new co-worker with the mysterious and troubled past.
Zoey: But Friend, I’m focused on my career and yet I can’t seem to bring myself to take the credit for my accomplishments! I don’t have time for hot new co-workers!
Boss: Get into my business-style office, you two! All the career focus in the world wont’t help you figure out that you’re the only ones with the power to change your own lives!
The show is a jukebox musical. Jukebox musicals are difficult because everyone remembers the canonical versions of the songs you’re singing. Musical TV shows are difficult because every musical number has to be 30 seconds long and you have to produce ten thousand of them every season.
My partner turned this show off after the hot new co-worker sang a version of “Mad World” that was somehow a lazy cover of another cover of the original song. There are a lot of beautiful location shots of San Francisco in the first ten minutes of the show, which is nice.