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Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 12:41PM EDT
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend team to make an Arranged marriage comedy pilot for Pop
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 Monday 4/02/18 at 2:55PM EDT
CW renews 10 shows, including Riverdale, Jane the Virgin, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Dynasty
Black Lightning, Arrow, The Flash, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Supernatural and Supergirl will also be back next season. CW shows yet to be renewed include The 100, iZombie, Life Sentence and Valor. The most baffling renewal is Dynasty. "Midway through its freshman run, Dynasty recently slipped to an almost mythical 0.1 demo rating, though Nicollette Sheridan’s debut as Alexis seems to have resuscitated the numbers, some," as Matt Webb Mitovich points out. UPDATE: Rachel Bloom tweets Season 4 will be Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's "final season."
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Posted Thursday 3/22/18 at 6:23PM EDT
iZombie gets Rachel Bloom to play a "pretentious theater actor”
The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star will visit her fellow CW series on April 9.
Posted Thursday 3/22/18 at 6:23PM EDT
What's up with TV's "Black Lady Therapist" trend?
Is the "Black Lady Therapist" the new "Black Best Friend"? Aisha Harris says it "does seem a bit peculiar" that shows like Broad City, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Grace and Frankie all have black female therapists. "If you watch enough shows with dysfunctional protagonists who get to the point of seeking help, you might notice that a lot of familiar black female character actors are popping up in roles that require they wield a notepad and pen while listening intently to other peoples’ problems. And with rare exception, their patients are usually white and at least moderately affluent," she says.
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 Wednesday 2/28/18 at 10:47PM EST
Why are there suddenly so many bisexuals on TV?
One reason, according to Kathryn VanArendonk: "Almost universally, the stories that these shows have found to tell about their characters coming out, about their romantic relationships, and about the mysteries of sexual attraction are more interesting than the straight stories. I have seen so, so many love triangles. I have seen so many will-they-won’t-theys that then coalesce into 'they did!' and then have to find somewhere else to push the story. I have seen countless heterosexual true loves, and I’ve watched them grow into flawed but loving marriages, and I’ve loved many of them. But it is just so nice to watch love stories that explore territories outside the painfully familiar 'how will that nice lady ever land a husband' world. It’s so nice to watch stories with something different to say about attraction and the complexity of adult relationships."
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.