One of the most surprising Emmy nominations announced Tuesday morning was for the revival film of a canceled NBC series. Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmasthe rebirth of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlistwon two nominations, including Best TV Movie. Immoral Compass and the Zoe The film earned the first-ever Emmy nominations for The Roku Channel.
Aside from the surprise nod to Outstanding Television Movie, Zoe was also nominated for Best Choreography for Scripted Programming. Choreographer Mandy Moore previously won this category by default in 2020 as the sole nominee. Moore also picked up two nominations in 2021 for Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. The other 2022 nominees in the choreography category are Ryan Heffington for EuphoriaFred Tallesken for GoliathChristophe Gattelli for Schmidadon!and Christian Vincent for The wearer.
Zoe has tough competition in the Outstanding TV Movies category. The other nominees there are Ray Donovan the movie (Show time), Renew 911! The hunt for QAnon (Paramount+), The survivor (HBO/HBO Max), and Chip ‘N’ Dale Rescue Rangers (Disney+). The survivora critically acclaimed film starring Ben Foster as a boxer in the Auschwitz concentration camp, should be considered the front-runner for the award.
Same Zoe creator Austin Winsberg was shocked by both nominations. In a new interview with TVInsiderhe said fans had to keep pressuring Roku if they wanted more Zoe. “We all do! I think we have to keep pushing Roku. I think there’s a desire for more,” he said. “It’s getting complicated now because the actors are doing other projects. I know Roku was really happy with the movie and it did well for them. So I think there’s always a possibility, but nothing to announce at the moment. .”
The Roku channel picked up a third nomination thanks to comedian Bill Burr. He was nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for Immoral Compass. The series was one of the abridged shows developed for Jeffrey Katzengerger’s abridged Quibi platform. After Quibi shut down, The Roku Channel purchased its entire library, including shows still in development like Immoral Compass.
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist was a unique NBC comedy-drama featuring intricate music and choreography. Jane Levy played the lead role of Zoey, who hears people’s innermost thoughts in the form of popular songs. Skylar Astin, Alex Newell, John Clarence Stewart, Mary Steenburgen and Peter Gallagher appeared on the show. Bernadette Peters earned an Emmy Award nomination for her appearance on the show. Zoe built a devoted fan base, but its low ratings and high cost made it difficult to operate. NBC canceled the show in June 2021 after two seasons and 26 episodes.