Crazy Ex-GirlfriendLatest News and Opinion
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 Monday 2/12/18 at 8:22PM EST
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is going on an eight-city tour
“There is nothing like performing musical comedy live,” Rachel Bloom says of her tour that will visit Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Portland and Seattle. . “It’s not just a performance, it’s an ongoing dialogue between the performers and the audience. We are so excited to offer new renditions of some of our beloved songs and connect with our amazing fans.”
Posted Thursday 2/08/18 at 1:41PM EST
CBS orders a Seth Rogen comedy pilot that sounds like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, but with a guy
The proposed comedy titled 25, from Rogen and writing partner Evan Goldberg, is about a twenty-something guy who moves to Austin to tell his best friend from camp that they are perfect for each other, only to learn that she just got engaged. Not only does the premise sound like a gender-flipped Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, but there is concern that a show about a guy relentlessly pursuing a girl who has moved on isn't a good idea in these #MeToo times.
Posted Saturday 2/03/18 at 12:50AM EST
Why are plot twists all the rage on TV comedies?
From The Good Place to Search Party to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the plot twist is no longer the realm of the TV drama, says Rachel Aroesti. “Partly as a ploy to rejuvenate the slightly stale sitcom format: surprises are funny, and a twist in a sitcom is doubly surprising because you don’t expect it to be there,” she says. “It’s also something that goes hand in hand with the long-brewing trend for high-concept comedy.”
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 Monday 12/18/17 at 11:28AM EST
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Season 2 gag reel ends with a dance party
The CW gag reel also showed that even cast members mix up Rebecca Bunch and Rebecca Bloom. ALSO: Bloom has a ball pit in her house.
Posted Monday 12/11/17 at 11:19PM EST
How much did The CW have to censor Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's “First Penis I Saw” song?
Rachel Bloom admits The CW censors initially had some issues with the song. “Yeah,” she says. “The one thing they focused on was — it used to be, ‘And then he took my hand….’ But that was too graphic so we said, ‘and taught me all about the first penis.’ I mean, fine.”
Posted Friday 12/01/17 at 9:24PM EST
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend deserves praise for giving its main character a “real illness”
“In a TV landscape littered with Manic Pixie Disordered Girls, there’s something admirable in the simple fact that Rebecca Bunch has a real illness—with a name and a treatment regimen,” says Sady Doyle. “But then, there’s the disorder itself. It’s progressive to humanize a mentally ill character. It’s a damn revolution to do so with Rebecca’s illness: Borderline Personality Disorder.” ALSO: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend sure loves to play fast and loose with the law.
Posted Monday 11/20/17 at 11:08PM EST
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend had doctors watch show episodes to diagnosis Rachel Bloom’s Rebecca character
“We just said, ‘Watch these episodes of the show,’” says Bloom, noting that none of the doctors were told about Rebecca’s diagnosis.
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 11/18/17 at 12:32AM EST
Menstruation has become a hot topic for TV comedies in recent years
Last week’s Black-ish was the latest series to address “riding the crimson wave,” following in the footsteps of shows like Broad City and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, says Jen Chaney, who points out that historically menstruation was rarely discussed on scripted television.
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 Friday 11/10/17 at 2:47AM EST
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend proves that Josh Groban is great at being a bad actor
The musician-turned-actor has proven to be good at being bad when it comes to acting.
Posted Wednesday 11/01/17 at 3:54AM EDT
Josh Groban tweeted he was going to be on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend — 42 minutes later, he was tweeting about hearing the Manhattan Truck Attack
Rachel Bloom tweeted Tuesday afternoon that Groban would appear on Friday’s episode of her CW series. At 2:28 p.m. E.T., Groban tweeted back at Bloom: “And legit one of my favorite things I’ve ever shot! So fun! Thanks again Rachel.” At 3:10 p.m. E.T., Groban tweeted: “Oh my god I just heard gun shots and ran with my dog. Downtown. F*ck.” Groban added that he was half a block from Tuesday’s incident. “I’m shaking,” he tweeted. “That’s the corner I was supposed to have my coffee but my dog pulled me into the park half a block away 10 min before shooting.”
Posted Monday 10/30/17 at 9:37PM EDT
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Scott Michael Foster: “I’m not surprised by anything on this show anymore”
The actor talks about singing an R&B song about going to the zoo and a big ballroom song about having intercourse.