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Posted Thursday 12/13/18 at 2:28AM EST
Why Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Greg recasting worked
"Greg’s recasting wouldn’t work as a metaphor if Crazy Ex-Girlfriend weren’t already given to frequently breaking the fourth wall," says Constance Grady of The CW series tapping Skylar Astin to play the new Greg. "Not all of the show’s meta jokes land... but they’ve become part of the vocabulary of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. This is a show that is heavily filtered through Rebecca’s perspective, and it consistently nods to that fact: That’s how it pulls off its musical numbers, and its theme songs, and its movie trailer parodies. All of which means that it was perfectly positioned to make lemonade out of the lemons of having to recast Greg."
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 Tuesday 10/23/18 at 9:28PM EDT
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Rachel Bloom wrote a song skewering magazine covers for Allure's first-ever musical cover
Allure has given Bloom the platform of a musical cover to write a song about the male gaze, the reality of female orgasms and how magazine "tips" are misleading. In an accompanying interview, Bloom also talked about not knowing it was out of the ordinary to buy her own Emmys gown.
Posted Wednesday 10/17/18 at 10:21AM EDT
Check out Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's new theme song
The Season 4 "Meet Rebecca" theme song features a montage of clips from The CW series' four seasons.
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 10/08/18 at 12:57PM EDT
Rachel Bloom says "I can taste the male condescension" from Family Guy's recent Crazy Ex-Girlfriend joke
Bloom responded to last week's Family Guy that referenced her CW show while speaking at The New Yorker Festival over the weekend. "I was like, ‘Ha, ha, funny,’” said Bloom, who knows some writers for Family Guy, “But also, I can taste the male condescension because they’re thinking, Oh, I’m on a bad date with a girl who’s eating food so I don’t want to fuck her. So what’s the annoying female TV show she’s talking about. Oh, the show where the girl’s on her period. Yeah, I wouldn’t want to f*ck that.”
Posted Friday 8/17/18 at 6:27PM EDT
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend alum Santino Fontana reacts to being replaced by Skyler Astin
Earlier this month, Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna revealed that Astin has been cast as a "reimagined" version of Fontana's Greg Serrano. “I love Skylar! He’s a buddy of mine,” said Fontana when asked about Astin's casting, adding: “We’ve been texting, we’ve got a whole back-and-forth going. We’re brothers from the same mother. That’s what I’m calling it. Brothers from the same mother.”
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 8/06/18 at 2:50PM EDT
The CW boss is disappointed in Emmy snubbing of Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Both dramas "never got the accolades they deserved from the Academy," said CW president Mark Pedowitz, adding: "I’m more amazed that the Academy could not recognize Crazy Ex for any of its original music, given they do original music week in and week out.”
Posted Friday 7/20/18 at 5:44AM EDT
Rachel Bloom on ending Crazy Ex-Girlfriend next season: "We’re telling a 62-hour movie”
"That’s why it’s four very specific seasons because each season has a different angle of looking at the title of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," Bloom said at Comic-Con, noting that The CW musical comedy is “a finite story” about a “very specific period in a young woman’s life." Bloom also sang the Season 4 theme song during the show's Comic-Con panel. ALSO: Patton Oswalt is coming back to sing a song.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend gets an expanded order for its final season
Season 4 will run for 18 episodes, just like Season 1. Seasons 2 and 3 were 13 episodes each.
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 5:29PM EDT
Netflix got the most Emmy nominations because it had the most shows, not the best ones
With 112 nominations, Netflix overtaking HBO for the most nods "is a reflection of volume, and an emerging status quo," says Willa Paskin. Netflix aired 70 new shows during the nominating period, while HBO aired 20 new and returning shows. "Forget hours: to stay ahead in the prestige game, HBO’s bread and butter, it would seem to have make more series to keep up," says Pasklin. "But there’s another way to look at these numbers. HBO still has way more nominations per show than Netflix does: Of the 10 shows with the most nominations, HBO had three; FX had two; Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix each had one, which is another way of saying that Netflix got the most nominations because it had the most shows, not the best ones." She adds that amid the "overkill" of so many potential contenders, Emmy voters glom on to stuff they could actually remember and start using "brands like HBO, Netflix, and FX to look for contenders. Unlike Netflix and the networks, HBO and FX aren’t trying to appeal to everyone, but in terms of reliably attracting attention for their series, they too are the new networks."
- Netflix didn't do a few shows extremely well -- it did a lot of shows very well
- Netflix dominated by having lots of Emmy-approved shows in many categories, rather than one or two overperforming titles
- Don't write off HBO just yet: It landed more major program noms than anyone else, including the top two scripted series
- Netflix officially rules television with its 112 nominations
- A true changing of the guard will happen when Netflix wins in the major award categories
- Amy Sherman-Palladino, snubbed for Gilmore Girls, reacts to 14 noms for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: "Why are they letting me into the club?!"
- John Legend on a possible EGOT: "To do it with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice would be especially cool"
- Rachel Bloom posts a "Super chill" video of her trashing her office in reaction to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Emmy snub
- Bill Hader always wanted to do something like Barry, and now his show has earned five nominations
- Henry Winkler's Emmy nomination for Barry is his first for a regular TV role since Happy Days in 1978
- GLOW creators are proud to be part of a "really idiosyncratic group" of nominees
- Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost, who was nominated for writing, on major category snub: "External validation is a popsicle"
- Jonathan Van Ness was nominated for Queer Eye and Gay of Thrones
- Here are the 11 best Emmy nomination reactions -- and two of the worst
- American Vandal and Big Mouth each got nominated -- a huge victory for d*ck jokes
- Seven members of The Handmaid's Tale cast received nominations
- Donald Glover and Bill Hader each picked up four nominations, for Atlanta and Barry, respectively -- and for hosting SNL
- Roseanne wasn't snubbed -- it didn't deserve to be nominated
- The Handmaid's Tale's Yvonne Strahovski on her first Emmy nomination: "I can’t stop smiling, my face hurts"
- Megan Mullally was surprised Will & Grace was snubbed
- Regina King was nominated for the fourth year in a row, thanks to Seven Seconds
- Sarah Drew celebrates her surprise Emmy nomination for Grey's Anatomy: B-Team after she was dropped from Grey's Anatomy
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Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 10:42PM EDT
Tina Fey and Rachel Bloom are changing the way female comics engage with "male gatekeepers"
Fey's recent appearance on David Letterman's My Next Guest Needs No Introduction and Bloom's recent interview conducted by Marc Maron on his WTF podcast were remarkable, says Lili Loofbourow, because both interviews felt "thrillingly blunt." "Real cultural transformation is as laggy as its effects are subtle and hard to name, but the novelty is this: Neither Fey nor Bloom court Letterman’s or Maron’s approval," says Loofbourow. "In fact, Fey repeatedly rejects it. When Letterman raises Fey’s controversial August 'sheet-caking' bit (from SNL) and tries to declare it a success, she doesn’t let him, implicitly rejecting the authority he (just as implicitly) claims to pronounce her comedy good or bad. Both women are affable and funny interviewees, but when it comes time to indulge in the tired mutual-approval party these comedy chats so often become, Fey and Bloom refuse to participate. 'Well, dig into that. Why?' Bloom replies when Maron says he considers Crazy Ex-Girlfriend a 'guilty pleasure.' After describing for him plot points (including a suicide attempt) that Maron knew nothing about, Bloom pleasantly observes that shows written by and starring women tend to be dismissed as fluff—even after Maron, thinking aloud, admits he hadn’t thought the phrase through. It’s a small thing, but if you know the codes of etiquette these women operate under—and carefully dissect in their comedy—it’s pretty wild." ALSO: Tina Fey pitches Nicki Minaj a sketch idea in SNL promo.
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 9:56AM EDT
The CW announces Jane the Virgin, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and iZombie will end next season
The news that Jane the Virgin is ending with Season 5 was expected as Gina Rodriguez had referred to the fifth season as "our final season." Rachel Bloom also broke the news of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend ending on April 2 when she tweeted "#CrazyExGirlfriend has been renewed for a final season," Season 4. Meanwhile, iZombie barely survived to next season after being on the bubble. Its fifth season will allow the Rob Thomas series to have a proper sendoff to cap off five seasons.
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 10:26PM EDT
How to make an abortion joke: Did Michelle Wolf cross the line with her "don’t knock it 'til you try it" line?
Source: The Cut
Reproductive health expert Gretchen Sission analyzes abortion jokes on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, BoJack Horseman and, most recently, Wolf's White House Correspodents' Dinner performance. “This is a tacky joke and not really that funny,” says Sisson of Wolf's abortion joke. But Sisson says that was intentional: “it was supposed to be tacky … she needed the audience to cringe and groan” to get to the follow-up. “The joke isn’t about abortion,” she adds. “It’s about hypocrisy.”