As Variety writer Danielle Turchiano points out, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas” premiered on the Roku Channel just about six months after the final episode of “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” Season 2 aired. In order to pull this off, virtually every member of the team working on the movie was required to finish their task or tasks on a compressed timetable. Series creator Austin Winsberg, for example, worked alongside a team of writers to complete the screenplay for “Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas” in just five weeks. Filming then began two weeks later, during which time its producers were able to land commitments from the majority of the series’ original cast members.
“I had four days to learn all the musical numbers, to record all my music, to have all my fittings, to get my wig tested, makeup test, memorize lines,” Zoey Clarke actor Jane Levy recounted. “Then I went to camera. Usually before the seasons we have two weeks.” Once filming wrapped, the post-production team had less than a month to put their finishing touches on the final cut.
That “Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas” even exists is, then, is unlikely not just because it’s a sequel to a cancelled TV series but because everyone who worked on the film turned around their contribution in a remarkably short span of time.