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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
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
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.