Season Two is the continuation of The CW musical comedy show "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend". Co-creators Aline Brosh McKenna and Rachel Bloom envisioned this as the second act of a four-part story arc. Following the events in the Season Onefinale, Rebecca Bunch has finally achieved her goal but in doing so collateral damage has occurred in her other personal relationships. The Season Two renewal was officially announced on May 11, 2016. It premiered on October 21, 2016, and the finale aired on February 3, 2017.
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In pre-production of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend", co-creator's Aline Brosh McKenna and Rachel Bloom had already conceived of an overall multi-year story arc beforehand. The cliffhanger of the Season One finale "Paula Needs to Get Over Josh!" was part of this plan. On March 11, 2016 The CW president Mark Pedowitz officially announced "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" and a number of other shows which were on the bubble had been renewed. It was officially announced on June 17 on Deadline.com that "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"'s second season would premiere on October 21, 2016. On May 9, 2016 the writers met to work on Season Two (source). On May 19, 2016 The CW announced its official 2016 - 2017 Fall schedule and revealed "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" was moving from Monday 8:00 PM to Friday 9:00 PM after "The Vampire Dairies".
In keeping with last years naming conventions all Season Two episodes include the word ‘Josh’ which is meant to convey Rebecca’s obsession with him. Unlike the previous season is the episode titles now end in a question mark reflecting the confusion and uncertainty Rebecca experienced at the time. In the following seasons the naming conventions of each episodes would be tweaked slightly and ultimately the name ‘Josh’ would be phased out to reflect Rebecca finally moving on.
On May 23, 2016 it was officially announced that actress Gabrielle Ruiz ("Valencia Perez") was promoted to series regular. On July 19, 2016 it was offcially announced that actor Parveesh Cheenah was cast in a recurring role of "Sunil" a classmate of Paula Proctor who she becomes good friends with. Rachel Bloom announced on her Instagram accont that Marc Webb would be returning to direct the Season Two premiere. On August 18, 2016, Rachel Bloom officially announced on the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Facebook page that actress Brittany Snow is going to appear in Season Two. TV Line reported that Snow will play a hipster name Anna and appear in four episodes. On September 15, 2016 it was announced by TV Line that actor Michael Foster has been cast in a major recurring role.
In May 2016 during a podcast with the online entertainment news site Vulture.com, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star and co-creator Rachel Bloom mentioned a new theme song was in the works for Season Two. This was to represent the new phase of Rebecca's story as she was no longer in denial about her reasons for moving to West Covina. Months later on October 16, Vulture.com exclusively premiered the new Season Two theme entitled "Just a Girl in Love".
According to the Entertainment Weekly 2016 Fall preview the songs in the Season Two premiere will be "We Should Definitely Not Have Sex Right Now" and "Love Kernels". Upcoming songs will include a parody of Beyonce's "Lemonade", a "Singing in The Rain" homage, a ballet number, a "Spice Girls" tribute, and a Disney inspired showstopper.
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. In a quote from Variety.com article, The CW president Mark Pedowitz explained the reasons behind the decision:
“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.”