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Posted Monday 12/10/18 at 8:46AM EST
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend boss discusses Skyler Astin as the new Greg
Showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna says of Friday's episode: "I think he brings a different energy to the role, but that’s also because the character’s a different guy. He’s been in recovery for two years, he’s been going to weekly meetings, he’s heard a lot of stories that are way worse than his. I think it’s expanded his humanity, so we’re writing him differently. And the way we’re writing him suits Skylar very well..."
Posted Saturday 10/13/18 at 3:11AM EDT
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's final season "feels fun and joyful in a different way"
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Co-creator and showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna says of Season 4: "Last season we dealt with the diagnosis and the mental illness, and then in the second part of the season, she finally defeated the dragon, which was her id embodied by Trent. Now we’re writing a more enlightened, present, grounded person who’s in less pain. In a funny way, this is the (enlightened) person she was pretending to be (in season 1) — now she knows what her tendencies are.”
Posted Monday 8/06/18 at 2:50PM EDT
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend taps Pitch Perfect's Skyler Astin to play a "reimagined" version of Greg
“Rachel (Bloom) and I had always been exploring bringing back that character and sort of trying to figure out a way to do it that suited our show,” said co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna of the Greg role, originally played by Santino Fontana. “So now bringing the character of Greg back, he is part of our storytelling. It’s a plot point in the story that the character is reimagined and so he’s going to be played by a different actor, which is Skylar.” ALSO: Rachel Bloom on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend musical: “It’s not not happening. It’s just, you know, Broadway’s hard.”
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 12:41PM EDT
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend team to make an Arranged marriage comedy pilot for Pop
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna and one of her writers, Sono Patel, are working on the half-hour comedy pilot about two best friends who find themselves in a marriage of convenience.
Posted Saturday 3/03/18 at 1:25AM EST
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator: "If you’re famous and a fan of the show, let us know. We will find something for you!"
Aline Brosh McKenna and Rachel Bloom detailed some of the stories behind six Season 3 songs. Bloom recalls that she got Josh Groban aboard just by texting him, “We have this role that’s perfect for you, please do it.”
Posted Saturday 2/17/18 at 1:46AM EST
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend had too many Season 3 stumbles, thanks in part to its bloated cast
The CW drama had a lot of creative misfires this says, says Inkoo Kang. "Naturally, I blame Josh Chan," says Kang. "Or rather, the fault seems to stem from the writers’ decision to have Rebecca move on from Josh, the teenage crush she moved to West Covina, California, to pursue. It was an inevitable development, but the storylines have felt repetitive and unmoored since, especially when it came to the sudden bloat of wacky secondary characters and the will-they-or-won’t-they pairing of Rebecca and Nathaniel. The attempt to fashion compelling scenes from therapy workbooks and abrupt revelations about their childhoods was an ambitious gambit, but one that ultimately added to the season’s stale sitcomminess."
- Season 3 was brilliant in moving from manic wackiness to emotional devastation and back to sublime romantic-comedy farce
- Season 3 ends on an audacious note
- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend ended the season with a solid but uneven finale
- Aline Brosh McKenna on the Season 3 finale: "That’s such a Rebecca Bunch thing to do"
- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend succeeds in portraying mental illness where so many other shows have failed
Posted Saturday 1/13/18 at 12:37AM EST
West Covina is basking in the glow of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Source: Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles suburb, whose ordinariness was a main reason it was chosen for The CW series' setting, hasn’t received much money from film permit revenue. Nor has it received much Crazy Ex-Girlfriend-associated tourism. But it has had an impact in that people nationwide actually know it exists. “Nowadays, I think I’d tell people, ‘I’m from West Covina,’” says City Councilmember Ben Wong. “I can name-drop my city now,” adds longtime resident Lisa Mayo, who first came to know West Covina as “past Pasadena.” Rachel Bloom says she and fellow co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna “liked the idea of West Covina being a symbol for what America now is: A diverse group from all walks of life going to the same chain stores and restaurants.”
Posted Saturday 11/18/17 at 12:32AM EST
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator explains Rebecca’s diagnosis
“We wrote her kind of by feel for a while,” explains Aline Brosh McKenna. “We kind of wrote her behavior in a way that felt right to us for about a season and a half, and then Rachel (Bloom) and I started to realize this was an area we were going into. It’s funny, we were trying to help Rebecca, so we were trying to figure out what was best for her. And when we looked into it, so much of this seemed to resonate.”
Posted Saturday 11/11/17 at 3:34AM EST
How Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator went from writing movies to reinventing the romcom for television
Source: The Ringer
Aline Brosh McKenna was known for her scripts like The Devil Wears Prada, 27 Dresses and Morning Glory before teaming with Rachel Bloom. ALSO: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has a revolutionary way of approaching mental illness.
Posted Tuesday 10/17/17 at 1:40PM EDT
An Asian-American basketball comedy is in the works at CBS
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Aline Brosh McKenna and Rene Gube are developing Big Men, a potential single-camera comedy series about an Asian-American rookie professional basketball player.
Posted Friday 10/13/17 at 11:28PM EDT
Fatal Attraction isn’t the only sex thriller that inspired Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season 3
This season’s “Funny Fatal Attraction” storyline also took cues from Basic Instinct, Cruel Intentions, Dangerous Liaisons and Swimfan. This season also found inspiration in Breaking Bad, which is why Rachel Bloom was dressed as Walter White. “Breaking Bad is probably Rachel and my number-one inspiration,” says co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna. “The yoke of likability is something that I really labored under for years writing romantic comedies.” ALSO: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is the perfect corrective for one of the most draining weeks in entertainment history.