Wonderful 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' begins to wind down

Monday, 08 October 2018 12:00 AM Written by 

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Broadcast television’s most delightful musical comedy, "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (9 p.m Friday, The CW), begins its final season this week as the series ends the way series star Rachel Bloom and executive producer Aline Brosh McKenna always intended.

“We always conceived of it as a beginning, middle, and end,” Ms. McKenna said at a CW press conference during the 2018 summer Television Critics Association press tour. “It always had a shape to it. … We didn't have every scene and every character turn mapped out, but we knew generally.”

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Each season was devoted to a different phase of life as a crazy ex. This season’s fourth phase emphasizes recovery and starting from scratch, beginning in Friday’s season premiere that finds hero Rebecca Bunch (Ms. Bloom) in prison where she performs a number not unlike “Cell Block Tango” from “Chicago.”

“So we deal with the recovery and the redemption aspects, but also, it is a romantic comedy,” said Ms. McKenna, who guest stars in the opening scene of the season premiere as a prosecutor. “So I think one thing you can expect is, especially the back half of the season, deals a lot with her romantic life once we've kind of landed and settled in on more of the issues in her emotional life.”

Series regular Donna Lynne Champlin, a 1993 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, said she’s fine with the show ending because that’s an actor’s life: Shows open, shows close, you move on.

“As actors, the fact that we've had steady employment for four years is astonishing, especially to those of us in the theater,” Ms. Champlin said. “[In theater] we'll go from a six‑week gig to four weeks off to, while you are gigging, trying to find the next one. … You are constantly doing the math of your rent and how much insurance you have. The fact that we have had four years of a vacation, truly a vacation, from that is ‑‑ I mean, we are so incredibly grateful. So we are really just going back to the normality of being an actor, which is gigging and hustling and, you know, just finding the next job.”

Ms. Champlin is pleased that the series will get a proper conclusion rather than just ending as so many canceled TV series do.

“I can't imagine how awful it must feel to wrap a season and not find out until four months later that you are not getting renewed, and then there must be all of these horrible feelings of open‑ended, ‘I should have’ whatever,” Ms. Champlin said. “So it's actually really, really fantastic to go into this season knowing that it's the last one, just emotionally and socially.”

 

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