Soundtrack (TV series)

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GenreMusical drama
Created byJoshua Safran
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Executive producers
ProducerEllen Marie Blum
  • Bill Henry
  • Jo Francis
  • Allyson C. Johnson
  • Brad Katz
  • Lori Ball
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time51–60 minutes
Production companies
Distributor20th Television
Original networkNetflix (Until March 2022)[1]
Picture format4K (UHDTV in high dynamic range)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseDecember 18, 2019 (2019-12-18)

Soundtrack is an American musical drama streaming television series created by Joshua Safran, that premiered on Netflix on December 18, 2019.[2] The series is executive produced by Safran alongside Megan Ellison and Ali Krug and stars Paul James, Callie Hernandez, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Jenna Dewan, Jahmil French (in his final acting role), Megan Ferguson, Isaiah Givens, Madeleine Stowe, and Campbell Scott. In January 2020, the series was canceled after one season.[3]

The series also featured one of the final acting roles of Markie Post as she died on August 7, 2021.


Soundtrack takes a look at "the love stories connecting a diverse, disparate group of people in contemporary Los Angeles through the music that lives inside their hearts and minds."[4]

Cast and characters[edit]


  • Paul James as Samson "Sam" Hughes, a widower who works several jobs and has a son
  • Callie Hernandez as Eleanor "Nellie" O’Brien, an aspiring artist
  • Marianne Jean-Baptiste as Annette Sands, Sam's aunt who is a manager at a restaurant
  • Jenna Dewan as Joanna Kassem, a former struggling dancer who is now a social worker
  • Jahmil French as Dante Sands, Sam's cousin and Annette's eldest son who recently got out of prison and is a struggling to get a job as a convicted felon
  • Megan Ferguson as Jean Dubrowski (assumed name is Gigi Dumont), Nellie's best friend
  • Isaiah Givens as Barry Hughes, Sam and Nellie's six-year-old son who is having a hard time coping with his mother's death
  • Madeleine Stowe as Margot Weston, Nellie's mother and Sam's mother-in-law
  • Campbell Scott as Frank O’Brien, Nellie's father


  • Christina Milian as De'Andra, Dante's ex-girlfriend who is in medical school and married to a doctor
  • Juliet G. James as Leah Sands, Annette's youngest daughter who is a high school student
  • Robbie Fairchild as Troy, as Nellie and Gigi's friend
  • Deron J. Powell as Arthur
  • Sammy A. Publes as Mr. Hernandez
  • Brian Keys as Carver
  • Amy J. Carle as Stella, Joanna's colleague
  • James McDaniel as Moses, Barry's soccer coach and Annette's love interest




On January 19, 2018, it was announced that Fox had given the production a pilot order. The pilot episode was written by Joshua Safran who was also set to executive produce alongside Megan Ellison and Sue Naegle. Ali Krug was set as a co-executive producer. Production companies involved with the pilot were expected to include Annapurna Television.[5] On February 8, 2018, it was reported that Jesse Peretz would direct the pilot.[6]

On May 11, 2018, Safran announced on Twitter that Fox had passed on the pilot and declined to order the production to series.[7][8] Later that month, it was confirmed that the production was being shopped to other potential outlets.[9] On July 2, 2018, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a straight-to-series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. It was also reported that Ali Krug would now serve as an executive producer and that 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television Studios were now serving as additional production companies for the series.[4] On January 31, 2020, it was announced that the series was canceled after one season.[3]


In February 2018, it was announced that Madeleine Stowe and Callie Hernandez had joined the pilot's main cast.[10][11] In March 2018, it was reported that Megan Ferguson, Jenna Dewan, Raúl Castillo had also joined the main cast of the pilot.[12][13][14] Alongside the announcement of the series order in May 2018, it was reported that Castillo's role would be recast.[4] On December 13, 2018, it was announced that Paul James had been cast to replace Castillo.[15]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release dateProd.
1"Track 1: Nellie and Sam"Jesse PeretzJoshua SafranDecember 18, 2019 (2019-12-18)1LBK01
As Fateful Connection Finds its footing, Nellie faces an uncertain future and Sam attempts to make peace with his past.
2"Track 2: Joanna and Nellie"Karen GaviolaBeth SchacterDecember 18, 2019 (2019-12-18)1LBK02
Nellie takes a swing at spontaneous romance. Joanna reconsiders the minor perks -- and major pitfalls -- of chasing passion.
3"Track 3: Sam and Dante"Ti WestKhiyon Hursey
Harrison Richlin
December 18, 2019 (2019-12-18)1LBK03
Sam and Nellie hit the road for a special retreat. Elsewhere, Dante attempts to forge a road to forgiveness after making a crucial mistake.
4"Track 4: Margot and Frank"Joe SwanbergJoshua SafranDecember 18, 2019 (2019-12-18)1LBK04
Nellie's Family history takes center stage in this retrospective chapter on young love, devastating distance and one pivotal night of Surprises.
5"Track 5: Dante and Annette"Ti WestLauren YeeDecember 18, 2019 (2019-12-18)1LBK05
As Dante navigates a painful new normal, Sam Embraces a thrilling opportunity. Annette works to master -- and maintain -- the rhythm of her life.
6"Track 6: Joanna and Eleanor"Darren GrantRichard KramerDecember 18, 2019 (2019-12-18)1LBK06
In the face of uncertainty, Sam turns to Joanna. Elsewhere, a promising new beginning pushes Nellie to her limits.
7"Track 7: Sam and Frank"Joe SwanbergLauren Yee
Khiyon Hursey
Harrison Richlin
December 18, 2019 (2019-12-18)1LBK07
A series of earth-shattering incidents redefine Sam's past, present and future. Margot approaches Frank with a desperate ask.
8"Track 8: Gigi and Jean"Joshua SafranAllyn RachelDecember 18, 2019 (2019-12-18)1LBK08
Vintage glamour, intriguing flirtation and dazzling theatrics collide as Gigi maneuvers her way through one emotional day in LA.
9"Track 9: Margot and Annette"Darren GrantKorde TuttleDecember 18, 2019 (2019-12-18)1LBK09
As Barry's future hangs in peril, Margot makes a risky move, Annette faces a hard truth and both women explore the real meaning of family.
10"Track 10: Finale"Karen GaviolaJoshua Safran
Beth Schacter
December 18, 2019 (2019-12-18)1LBK10
Sam and Nellie's story come to a tentative close -- but not before one last encore of hopeful, heartbreaking and healing performances.


On December 3, 2019, the official trailer for the series was released by Netflix.[16] The series left Netflix on March 1, 2022 due to Disney pulling it from its platform in favor of it streaming on Disney+ or Hulu.[1]


On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 38% with an average rating of 4.83/10, based on 8 reviews.[17] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 58 out of 100, based on 4 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[18]


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  2. ^ Schwartz, Ryan (October 31, 2019). "Soundtrack: Jenna Dewan Music Drama Gets December Premiere Date at Netflix". TVLine. Archived from the original on October 31, 2019. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Petski, Denise (January 31, 2020). "'Soundtrack' Canceled After One Season At Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 31, 2020. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (July 2, 2018). "'Mixtape': Netflix Picks Up Fox Musical Drama Pilot To Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on July 3, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 20, 2018). "Fox Orders Three Pilots: Comedies 'Our People' & 'Rel', Musical Drama 'Mixtape'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on July 3, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (February 9, 2018). "'Mixtape': Jesse Peretz To Direct Fox Musical Drama Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on July 3, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  7. ^ Safran, Joshua [@Anthologist] (May 11, 2018). "Anyone who read MIXTAPE knows that new FOX is not the right home for it; fingers crossed it finds a home somewhere else! I know I have to say this, but it really is unlike anything out there" (Tweet). Retrieved July 3, 2018 – via Twitter.
  8. ^ Roots, Kimberly (May 14, 2018). "DOA Pilots: What Didn't Get Picked Up?". TVLine. Archived from the original on July 3, 2018. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  9. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (May 22, 2018). "TV Upfront Aftermath: 9 Studio Chiefs Sound Off on Rewarding Pickups, "Painful" Passes". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on July 3, 2018. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (February 16, 2018). "'Mixtape': Madeleine Stowe To Co-Star In Fox Musical Drama Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on July 3, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (February 27, 2018). "'Mixtape': Callie Hernandez To Star In Fox Musical Drama Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on July 3, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  12. ^ Petski, Denise (March 12, 2018). "'Roswell' Casts Trevor St. John; Megan Ferguson Joins 'Mixtape'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on May 12, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 19, 2018). "Jenna Dewan Tatum To Star In Fox Musical Drama Pilot 'Mixtape'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on July 3, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  14. ^ Petski, Denise (March 20, 2018). "'Mixtape': Raúl Castillo To Star In Fox Musical Drama Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on July 3, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (December 13, 2018). "Paul James To Star In Netflix Musical Drama Series 'Mixtape'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on December 14, 2018. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  16. ^ Gibson, Kelsie (December 3, 2019). "Netflix's New Musical Drama, Soundtrack, Looks Like a TV Version of La La Land". Popsugar. Archived from the original on December 26, 2019. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  17. ^ "Soundtrack: Season 1 (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  18. ^ "Soundtrack: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved December 20, 2019.

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