Rachel Bloom advises, when you walk into a room to pitch a musical comedy to network executives, you might want to avoid actually singing during the meeting – the occasion could lend itself to some awkward moments of silence.
The Golden Globe-winner joined her “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” team at PaleyFest LA on March 20, 2019, live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, inviting fans to join them in giving the show a proper send-off. The “Farewell Seasons” event also showcased another favorite from The CW, “Jane the Virgin,” which returns for its fifth and final run on Wednesday, March 27.
As for “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” after four carefully-crafted seasons, the musical comedy will air its series finale on April 5. The show will be aptly followed by “Yes, It's Really Us Singing: The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Concert Special!” which was recently taped at the Orpheum Theater, in front of thousands of screaming fans.
“I hope that it comes out as much fun as it was to do,” Pete Gardner, who plays Darryl Whitefeather, told AXS on the carpet at PaleyFest. People even showed up donning costumes for the concert event. Gardner recalls at one point during the taping yelling out, “Where are my Darryls at?” which was proceeded by a group of Darryl-dressed fans partaking in a dance party toward the front of the stage.
It’s that kind of fun-loving spirit that has made it such a beloved show. Scott Michael Foster, who plays Nathaniel Plimpton III, spoke further on the impact that the series has had. “We talk about taboo subject matter that people don't usually talk about on television, and we do it in a way that makes it feel like it’s okay,” Foster shared with AXS. “To talk about bodily functions and mental disorders – I think that’s what will leave a lasting impression.”
Foster’s statement became even more apropos as both Bloom and co-creator/executive producer, Aline Brosh McKenna, walked the carpet wearing matching Moschino pill-themed dresses. This was a perfect example, as “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” has always been bold in its choices; whether it’s in the plotline or in the songs.
Throughout its run, the show has assembled over 150 original comedy numbers. During PaleyFest, favorites such as “What’ll It Be?” were tossed around as the cast’s favorite picks, while memories (some of which involved glitter) led others to have their own attachment to a specific track.
Bloom says that for her, every song holds a special meaning. Coming at it from a sketch comedy perspective, she had to learn how to work the joke around the censors. She and McKenna bonded instantly over being fellow writers. Choreographer Kathryn Burns took the writing and then looked for the “game.” Game is finding something unusual and heightening it; bringing each song to another comedic visceral level.
Apart from the writers and the cast being so incredibly talented, they are also extremely supportive of each other; which adds yet another element of likability to what this crew does. The good news is, while "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" may be ending, you won’t actually have to say goodbye.
Last year, Bloom took “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” on the road with a live musical tour. They also have two upcoming shows at Radio City Music Hall, in New York City, this May. In fact, Bloom and McKenna discussed how they are in the very early stages of putting together a musical.
Bloom even joked on the PaleyFest stage what pitching a "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" revival might look like in another ten years – best guess is that this time around, there would be no hesitation to include some singing.
On hand for the “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” March 20 PaleyFest event were Aline Brosh McKenna (co-creator, executive producer, and showrunner), Rachel Bloom (Rebecca Bunch, co-creator and executive producer), Scott Michael Foster (Nathaniel Plimpton III), Donna Lynne Champlin (Paula Proctor), Pete Gardner (Darryl Whitefeather), Vella Lovell (Heather Davis), Gabrielle Ruiz (Valencia Perez), Jack Dolgen (writer and executive producer), and Kathryn Burns (choreographer).
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” airs on The CW, Fridays, at 9/8c. “Yes, It's Really Us Singing: The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Concert Special!” will directly follow the series finale on April 5.