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Season Three   Rebecca plots her revenge on the person who wronged her.
Premiere date: October 13, 2017 — Season finale: February 16, 2018

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s unexpected season 3 renewal shows how TV’s rules are changing

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Season Three is the further continuation of The CW musical comedy show "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend". Co-creators Aline Brosh McKenna and Rachel Bloom envisioned this as the third act of a four part story arc. Following the events in the Season Two finale, Rebecca Bunch was left at the altar by her fiancée Josh Chan and now plots her revenge on him. The Season Three renewal was officially announced on January 8, 2017. The show wrapped production on November 23, 2017 [1].


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Writers room whiteboard with general overview of Season Three


It has nothing to do with numbers...‘Crazy Ex,’ ‘Jane,’ as franchises, have helped alter the perception of what the CW has become. When you have great critical work, critically acclaimed, award-nominated shows like ‘Crazy,’ it deserved to be picked up. Sometimes with critically acclaimed, great programming, you just [renew it] and hope that it finds an audience. In today’s fragmented world, [awards nominations] give you a calling card.Mark Pedowitz, The CW

On January 8, 2016 The CW officially announced at a Television Critics Association winter press tour that seven shows earned early renewals from the network. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" was one of them and was greenlit for a Season Three despite being the lowest rated show on the network. In an interview with Co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna hinted at more explorations of Rebecca's past:

The idea was, we’ve gotten to know her over 31 episodes, the audience has gotten to know her pretty well. But we don’t know anything about her past, really,” she said. “As Paula says, the best predictor of the future is the past. It stands to reason that somebody who engages in these obsessive-romantic behaviors has done so before.Aline Brosh McKenna

On May 18, 2017 an official press release by The CW announced that "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" would return on Friday at its 8:00 PM timeslot. This time it will be paired again with the show "Jane The Virgin" which moves from its former Monday night time slot to Friday and follows it at 9:00.

Episode titlesEdit

In keeping with the usual naming years conventions the first few episodes of the Season Three episodes include the word ‘Josh’ which is meant to convey Rebecca’s continued obsession with him. However, by the seventh episode the word ‘Josh’ is no longer used reflecting Rebecca moving on from her obsession. In addition, the start of Season had most episode titles end in a period conveying particular statements declaratively. The later episodes included different male names in the title other than Josh (Jeff, Nathaniel and Trent) and used periods, exclamation point and question marks.


In the Season Three episode “Nathaniel Gets the Message!” the show featured its 100th song of the series titled “Without Love You Can Save the World.” The performance featured the entire main cast and was a homage to the musical “Hair.”

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Cupcakes representing the 100 of CXG.


Returning castEdit

On April 5, 2017 some of the "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" cast and crew were at the "For Your Consideration" Emmy event where it was officially announced that both actors Scott Michael Foster ("Nathaniel Plimpton III") and David Hull ("Josh Wilson") were promoted from recurring to regular cast members. On August 1, actor Robin Thomas, who plays "Marco Serrano", posted a video on his Instagram account of a table read for Season Three which was subsequently taken down. In it actors Amy Hill ("Lourdes Chan") and Will Hines ("Gary") were also present. On August 18, 2017 actress Ava Acres posted a picture of herself and Rachel Bloom on her Instagram account announcing she would be returning as "Young Rebecca" for Season Three. Actresses Tovah Feldshuh (“Naomi Bunch”) and Rachel Grate (“Audra Levine”) also returned.

Guest starsEdit

On August 14, 2017 Rachel Bloom announced on her Instagram account that musician Josh Groban would be making a special appearance in Season Three. Another Instagram post a few days later on August 19 revealed that actor Rory O'Malley of "Book of Mormon" and "Hamilton" fame will be appearing in the show.



Crazy Ex-Girlfriend To the Extreme Trailer The CW

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend To the Extreme Trailer The CW

Official trailerEdit

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Official Season 3 Trailer The CW

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Official Season 3 Trailer The CW

Season Three episodesEdit

vedSeason Three Episodes
3x1 Promotional photo 1    "Josh's Ex-Girlfriend Wants Revenge." 10/13/17
Directed by: Erin Ehrlich - Written by: Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna

Rebecca is looking to make Josh pay for leaving her at the altar.

3x2 Promotional photo 13    "To Josh, With Love." 10/20/17
Directed by: Kabir Akhtar - Written by: Rachel Specter and Audrey Wauchope

Rebecca, unsatisfied with Paula's ideas to build a case against Josh, turns to Nathaniel for help crafting a truly evil plan. Meanwhile, Josh finds becoming a priest is harder than he thought.

Josh Is a Liar    "Josh Is a Liar." 10/27/17
Directed by: Stuart McDonald - Written by: Michael Hitchcock

Rebecca starts a smear campaign to discredit Josh before he can turn everyone against her.

Josh’s Ex-Girlfriend is Crazy    "Josh’s Ex-Girlfriend is Crazy." 11/3/17
Directed by: Joseph Khan - Written by: Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosch McKenna

Rebecca is confronted by her friends about her recently uncovered history.

I Never Want to See Josh Again    "I Never Want to See Josh Again." 11/10/17
Directed by: Stuart McDonald - Written by: Jack Dolgen

Rebecca returns to Scarsdale after hitting rock bottom.

Josh is Irrelevant    "Josh is Irrelevant." 11/17/17
Directed by: Max Winkler - Written by: Ilana Peña

Rebecca tries to recover from a suicide attempt.

Getting Over Jeff    "Getting Over Jeff." 12/08/17
Directed by: Stuart McDonald - Written by: Erin Ehrlich

Rebecca accompanies Paula when she goes back to her hometown of Buffalo.

3x8 Promotional photo 13    "Nathaniel Needs My Help!" 01/05/18
Directed by: Jude Weng - Written by: Rachel Specter & Audrey Wauchope

Rebecca wonders if history is repeating itself as Darryl embraces a newfound superpower and Paula schemes again, this time for good.

3x9 Promotional photo 1    "Nathaniel Gets the Message!" 01/12/18
Directed by: Kabir Akhtar - Written by: Elisabeth Kiernan Averick

Rebecca discovers the powers and limitations of altruism as a new unexpected bromance forms between two other characters.

3x10 Promotional photo 1    "Oh Nathaniel, It's On!" 01/26/18
Directed by: Jude Weng - Written by: Sono Patel

Rebecca navigates major changes in her professional life and Heather gets a new opportunity.

3x11 Promotional photo 1    "Nathaniel and I Are Just Friends!" 02/02/18
Directed by: Erin Ehrlich - Written by: Rene Gube

Rebecca faces some fears in therapy while Paula brings a new friend to work.

3x12 Promotional photo 10 edit    "Trent?!" 02/09/18
Directed by: Stuart McDonald - Written by: Dan Gregor and Doug Mand

Just as Rebecca tries to be more realistic and practical, Trent throws a wrench into her plans. At the same time Josh and Valencia reckon with their shared history.

3x13 Promotional photos 7    "Nathaniel Is Irrelevant." 02/16/18
Directed by: Aline Brosh McKenna - Written by: Aline Brosh McKenna and Michael Hitchcock

When Rebecca decides to make amends for her past, she finds some unexpected challenges. At the same time, West Covina awaits an important new arrival.



In the Season Three Episode “I Never Want to See Josh Again.”, Paula mentions it’s the anniversary of her meeting Rebecca. This means the story which begins in Season One through the first half of Season Three takes place narratively within the span of only one year. Season Three itself has a time jump in the eleventh episode “Nathaniel and I Are Just Friends!” which moves the narrative timeline eight months forward.


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