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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 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."
# TOPICS: The CW, Arrow, Black Lightning, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Dynasty, The Flash, Jane the Virgin, Riverdale, Supergirl, Supernatural, Rachel Bloom, Cancellations, Renewals & Pickups, Ratings
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 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 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 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 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 11/11/17 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 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 Thursday 10/26/17 at 10:17PM EDT
CBS Diversity Showcase director — whom Rachel Bloom warned about — is out after sexual harassment allegations
Rick Najera is out of a job after 13 years as director of the CBS Diversity Showcase following several accusations of inappropriate behavior. Rachel Bloom never interacted with him, nor did she participate in the CBS Diversity Showcase, but The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star says she'd heard about his behavior — enough that she sent emails to participants warning about him.