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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 Sunday 9/09/18 at 12:19PM EDT
Six more women accuse Les Moonves of sexual misconduct as CBS negotiates his exit
Source: The New Yorker
Ronan Farrow has followed up his bombshell New Yorker story that accused the CBS chairman and CEO of sexual harassment with another article detailing allegations from six more women. The story comes CBS' board of directors is reportedly negotiating Moonves' exit. "Six additional women are now accusing Moonves of sexual harassment or assault in incidents that took place between the nineteen-eighties and the early aughts," writes Farrow. "They include claims that Moonves forced them to perform oral sex on him, that he exposed himself to them without their consent, and that he used physical violence and intimidation against them. A number of the women also said that Moonves retaliated after they rebuffed him, damaging their careers." In a statement, Moonves said three of the encounters were consensual, without going into detail. “The appalling accusations in this article are untrue," he said. "What is true is that I had consensual relations with three of the women some 25 years ago before I came to CBS. And I have never used my position to hinder the advancement or careers of women. In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations. I can only surmise they are surfacing now for the first time, decades later, as part of a concerted effort by others to destroy my name, my reputation, and my career. Anyone who knows me knows that the person described in this article is not me.”
- Les Moonves is expected to step down as early as Monday morning
- Moonves isn't expected to get a $100 million exit package
- Moonves may have sexually harassed his doctor 19 years ago
- Time's Up reacts to the six new women who've accused Moonves of sexual misconduct: "“These allegations speak to a culture of toxic complicity at CBS, where the safety of women was continuously ignored to protect the careers of powerful men and the corporation."
- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Rachel Bloom denounces potential Moonves $100 million exit package: "As an employee of CBS, I would just like to say that Les Moonves should be fired without getting a f*cking dollar. The actions described in this article are those of sexual assault and shame on anyone else in the corporation who knew about his crimes."
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 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 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 6/21/18 at 8:47PM EDT
Starz and dozens of shows donate to Vida and One Day at a Time's initiative to keep immigrant families together at the border
Starz announced its $10,000 donation as dozens of shows have joined the #OneVidaAtATime initiative, including Superstore, This Is Us, Blindspot, Orange Is the New Black and How to Get Away with Murder. "TV writers stand against family separation. We all have a story to tell. This should not be one of them," read a statement posted by Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Rachel Bloom. "In solidarity, the writers of: One Day at a Time, Vida, Grey's Anatomy, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Black-ish, The Goldbergs, Insecure, The Chi, You're the Worst, Jane the Virgin, The Originals, People of Earth, Liza on Demand, Ghosted, The Good Place, Single Parents, Roswell New Mexico, New Warriors, Whiskey Cavalier, Watchmen, Castle Rock, Good Trouble, Bob's Burgers, Life in Pieces, A Million Little Things, Little America, Suits, Grace & Frankie, please join in donating."
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 10:55PM EDT
Here's the lesson Neil Patrick Harris should learned from his Rachel Bloom Tonys diss: Don't punch down!
"Whether it’s fair or not, Harris is simply Too Famous to take a potshot at Bloom in that way without facing a backlash," says Marissa Martinelli. "It can be easy to forget that even among celebrities there are tiers of fame, but Harris has been in the public eye for almost 30 years; Bloom is a comparatively recent breakout whose show (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), while excellent, is consistently one of the least-watched on television...There’s a hierarchy even among celebrities, and Harris was punching down. Going forward, he’s better off leaving the 'I don’t know her's to Mariah Carey."
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 1:59PM EDT
Rachel Bloom was "kind of devastated" by Neil Patrick Harris' diss, says "fame does that to you"
"No, no, no. It wasn’t a joke," the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star tells GQ when asked if her Tony Awards Twitter spat with Harris was for real. "Basically… I saw that tweet And I was kind of devastated. I was actually going to tweet, 'This makes me sad.' But then I was like, 'Ehhhhhhhhhh… I don’t want to give him that, necessarily.' Look. I’ve met him a couple times. Very recently, backstage in the dressing room of a Broadway show. And we hung out for a solid 15 minutes with the star of this Broadway show. It was just bizarre to me that it wouldn’t ring a bell. And also, that he wouldn’t Google it." Bloom adds that Harris' fame and Twitter popularity may have resulted in his diss: "But look, he’s not a writer, so his version of a Twitter joke is to just kind of… live-comment to Twitter followers with kind of random, unformed thoughts," says Bloom. "And fame does that to you—where you think every kind of random, unformed thought is a gem, because you get 10,000 likes from it. He has, like, 27 million Twitter followers. And that makes me scared about fame in general. The yes-men. Even if what you’re saying is, I don’t know, kind of weird or unoriginal, you’re still getting a lot of approval and dopamine surges for saying it." Bloom points out that his response to her response "wasn't really an apology," so she's hoping that Harris makes amends by urging his 27.7 million followers to watch Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. UPDATE: Harris apologized today to Bloom following her GQ comments, and she has accepted his apology: "Sincere apologies to @Racheldoesstuff for my Tony tweet," Harris tweeted. "I failed to research her before pressing ‘send’, and what I thought was a funny comment in our living room must have been far from funny to read, backstage, mid show. As a performer and a parent, I should have know better." Bloom responded: "Hi, thank you for this! Apology accepted."
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 8:19AM EDT
Rachel Bloom fires back after Neil Patrick Harris dissed her Tonys role on Twitter
"Who is the woman in the top hat backstage at @TheTonyAwards? Gideon remarked that she says ‘like’ and ‘oh my god’ a lot. I’m confused...," Harris tweeted during the ceremony, referencing his 7-year-old son. Harris apparently didn't know who Bloom was, even though the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star has met Harris before and had a similar role last year. Bloom responded a half-hour later on Twitter: "I’m a big fan of yours. We’ve met numerous times and my husband, Dan Gregor, wrote for 'How I Met Your Mother' for 5 years. Notably, he wrote the episode where your character finally meets his father." That prompted Harris to respond awkwardly: "Indeed! Well said. Thanks for the reminder. How was backstage?"
Posted Wednesday 6/06/18 at 6:44PM EDT
Friends co-creator: Ross and Rachel and Chandler and Monica are still together
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Rachel Bloom grilled co-creator David Crane about Friends at a recent showrunner panel, asking jokingly: “Where do you think Ross and Rachel’s kid goes to college?” Crane responded, jokingly: “Now we’re pitching a pilot, and we’re not doing that."
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.