‘Crazy Ex-Girl­friend’ signs off mu­si­cally, ap­pro­pri­ately

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Spotlight - BY JAY BOBBIN

What a crazy jour­ney it’s been.

And Rachel Bloom can con­firm it. Af­ter Show­time passed on it, her “Crazy Ex-Girl­friend” was picked up by The CW and be­came a nov­elty for tele­vi­sion, given its of­ten mu­si­cal ap­proach to its se­ri­o­comic con­tent. It ends its four-sea­son run Fri­day, April 5 – and the fi­nale will be fol­lowed by a re­lated con­cert spe­cial, with the cast per­form­ing se­lec­tions from the more than 150 orig­i­nal songs writ­ten for the se­ries by Bloom, Adam Schlesinge­r (“That Thing You Do!”) and Jack Dol­gen.

“Ev­ery sea­son was al­ways a dif­fer­ent lens of what it meant to be a ‘crazy ex’ from the in­side out,” Bloom re­flects. “There are net­work ex­ec­u­tives around town who know how our se­ries ends, if they re­mem­ber or care. Most of them prob­a­bly don’t, be­cause they passed. But this sea­son was what we pitched, the fourth phase (for hero­ine Re­becca Bunch, played by Bloom) ... kind of re­cov­ery and start­ing from scratch, and in a re­ally fun way. Ev­ery sea­son of our show (has felt) fresh and new.”

“We al­ways con­ceived of it as a be­gin­ning, mid­dle and end,” adds Aline Brosh McKenna, who co-cre­ated “Crazy Ex-Girl­friend” with Bloom (and di­rected the fi­nale), with both of them among its ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers. “It al­ways had a shape to it. When I say that, it means we didn’t have ev­ery scene and ev­ery char­ac­ter turn mapped out, but we knew gen­er­ally. So now, in a good way, it feels like land­ing on the air­craft car­rier. And that’s nice for us.”

Among the “Crazy Ex-Girl­friend” re­wards reaped by Bloom have been a Golden Globe, a Telev­sion Crit­ics As­so­ci­a­tion Award and a Crit­ics’ Choice Tele­vi­sion Award, plus a 2018 con­cert tour that’s sched­uled to get a re­vival at New York’s Ra­dio City Mu­sic Hall in May.

That’s quite an out­come for some­one who ini­tially thought that her show never would air, then had to re­vise it sub­stan­tially – ex­pand­ing it from a half-hour to an hour, and con­tour­ing it to broad­cast-tele­vi­sion stan­dards from the more per­mis­si­ble pre­mium-ca­ble world – to meet The CW’s needs.

Rachel Bloom wraps up the four-sea­son run of “Crazy ExGirl­friend” Fri­day on The CW.

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