‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ signs off musically, appropriately

Rachel Bloom closes out her seriocomic CW series

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

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.

Word of the final-season order came during the aforementioned concert tour. Bloom muses about being on an airplane then: “It was a two-hour flight. I was like, ‘I’d like to buy everyone on this flight champagne.’ And (the flight attendants) were like, ‘Honestly, it’s a lot of work for us.’”

Bloom suggests that if “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” hadn’t lasted this long on The CW, she and the staff still might “have written the rest of the series, but changed the name slightly so we wouldn’t get sued for rights, and then just put it on YouTube. It’s probably what would have happened.”

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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