"Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" is an American musical comedy. It was co-created by Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna and was originally pitched to the Showtime network. It was eventually picked up by The CW network and premiered on October 12, 2015. On March 11, 2016 it was officially announced it had been picked up for Season Two.
Screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna had a movie idea about a crazy ex-girlfriend she had been developing for awhile. While on researching on the Internet she came across several of Rachel Bloom's online YouTube videos which had a similar theme. McKenna brought Bloom's talents onboard to help turn her movie concept into a musical television show. They met in May 2013 and began a collaboration eventually pitching an idea for the project in September of that same year. It was green lighted by The Showtime Network and together McKenna and Bloom wrote a script for the pilot between December and March of the following year. Director Marc Webb, who had done the romantic comedy/drama "500 Days of Sumner ", was tapped to direct the pilot. When Showtime ultimately passed on the project McKenna and Bloom shopped it around to various networks until The CW picked up the show in May 2015. Originally conceived as a thirty minute sitcom, it was changed to a longer forty minute format and additionally a lot of the more racier aspects of the show had to be toned down. After a few cast changes/additions and reshooting several scenes in the pilot the show premiered on the CW network on October 12, 2015.
|On September 24, 2014 Rachel Bloom officially announced the main cast of the Pilot episode on her YouTube channel Racheldoesstuff . Donna Lynne Champlin, Santino Fontana, Vincent Rodriguez III were all mentioned along with Mike MacDonald who eventually dropped out. Once the actual production began on the show it was announced on July 17, 2015 that MacDonald's replacement would be Pete Gardner and that newcomer Vella Lovell had also joined the cast.|
|Rachel Bloom as Rebecca Bunch. Bloom co-created the show and also stars as the titular "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" in question who gives up a successful career in New York City to move to pursue her ex-boyfriend Josh in West Covina, California.|
|Donna Lynne Champlin as Paula Proctor. A veteran of the stage, Donna Lynne Champlin portrays Paula Proctor, a paralegal and Rebecca's new best friend who assists her in wooing Josh.|
Rebecca Bunch gives up her successful legal career in New York and moves to West Covina, California to pursue her ex-boyfriend Josh Chan. As she settles in she meets Darryl Whitefeather who gave her a job at his law firm, her co-worker Paula Proctor who becomes an ally on her romantic quest, and a neighbor named Heather Davis who she goes to for sage advice. Over the year Rebecca not only tries to win Josh's heart but also has to deal with Josh's girlfriend Valencia, her confusing relationship with Josh's best friend Greg, her mother's disapproval of her actions, and a water conspiracy which brings her face-to-face with an old rival. More complications ensue as Rebecca seemingly gets over her obsession with her ex-boyfriend and falls for Greg. However, she winds up sleeping with Josh and unsettles him when she confesses he was the reason she to West Covina.