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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.
Posted Friday 10/13/17 at 11:28PM EDT
Fatal Attraction isn’t the only sex thriller that inspired Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season 3
This season’s “Funny Fatal Attraction” storyline also took cues from Basic Instinct, Cruel Intentions, Dangerous Liaisons and Swimfan. This season also found inspiration in Breaking Bad, which is why Rachel Bloom was dressed as Walter White. “Breaking Bad is probably Rachel and my number-one inspiration,” says co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna. “The yoke of likability is something that I really labored under for years writing romantic comedies.” ALSO: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is the perfect corrective for one of the most draining weeks in entertainment history.
Posted Monday 9/25/17 at 1:24PM EDT
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend unveils Season 3 trailer
“I have a plan to destroy Josh Chan,” says Rachel Bloom’s obsessed character Rebecca.
Posted Thursday 8/17/17 at 10:16PM EDT
Rachel Bloom says the fashion industry doesn’t provide her clothes because “I have a normal body”
"That's the whole problem with the fashion industry," says the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star, who adds that has to pay for outfits to attend industry events and awards shows out of her own pocket. Bloom also tells WealthSimple how much she makes as a TV star. “I make about $50,000 or $60,000 for acting in an episode before taxes and paying my reps,” she says.