Regular viewers and followers will know that despite my love of serial killers and general sci fi, I am a sucker for a great musical episode! Come to a live and just ask Greg (general hater of the sing and dance shenanigans in non song and dance shows) about it. From Bollywood in Legends of Tomorrow, to 80's remixes in The Magicians, ever since Buffy did theirs, I am more than on board for musical interludes.
The one thing better than random musical numbers or episodes? WHOLE SHOWS that bring the music, and NBC has been doing just that with one just ending, and one about to start!
Perfect Harmony is a quirkly little half hour comedy that just finished its 13 episode run on NBC (if you missed it you can catch it on Hulu or NBC on Demand. Featuring Bradley Whitford and Anna Camp you find an unlikely blend of a Harvard professor helping a southern church. It is 100% feel good TV - like a mini Hallmark movie with feel good songs. Be sure to watch for the hilarious alternate tv and movie titles from Reverand Jax (Rizwan Manji) whose missionary parents felt moral lessons were needed. My favorites include Glee - "Being Gay Makes High School Hard" .... And Heathers - "Girls Named Heather Go to Hell Together."
As of the time of writing the future for Perfect Harmony is still up in the air. From everything I have seen I am not expecting news until probably mid season and at this point I am sticking with no news is good news. With staple half hour comedies like the Good Place coming to and end - there is a perfect slot just waiting for it.
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The second show has aired the pilot, but now we have to wait until February for epsiode 2 (which is a little weird - but hey it looks like it is going to be worth it!)
Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist follows Zoey (Jane Levy) after a strange incident involving music and an MRI machine. Basically, she can now hear people's thought process and true emotions expressed in a song and dance routine that only she can see. Yes there are things that you could dissect (Greg), and explain why this wouldn't work in the way it does (I mean I will give you that everyone joining in the song and dance routine with the SAME song in their head is a bit of a stretch), but I didn't care. This was amazingly heartwarming, and definitely fun! The pilot episode is now streaming on NBC on demand, Hulu, and even YouTube (as part of the official Zoey's Extrordinary Playlist channel). Check out the trailer below and get some music in you, and as with everything I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on either or both of the shows.
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