March 1, 2021 The Best Source of News, Culture, Lifestyle for Culver City, Mar Vista, Del Rey, Palms and West Los Angeles

Preview: “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” premieres Monday night on The CW

"Crazy Ex-Girlfriend."
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” premieres Monday at 8 p.m. on The CW, which gave the hourlong musical comedy set in West Covina a second chance following its rejection by Showtime.

The CW’s lone new fall series stars Rachel Bloom, who was also its co- creator, as a successful, driven and possibly crazy attorney who declines a junior partnership with her New York City firm to move to West Covina, the hometown of her 2005 summer camp sweetheart Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III), who she had just been reunited with.

The West Covina setting stems from a desire to do a “fish out of water story,” the lack of previous series about “Inland Southern California — it’s way different than other parts, it’s really fascinating” and because “a guy I used to have a crush on lives in Glendora and I would find excuses to try to go to Glendora all the time,” Bloom told City News Service.

Each episode will include two-to-three original song and dance numbers from a variety of musical genres, according to Bloom and co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna.

The premium cable network Showtime ordered a half-hour pilot be produced for “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” which included obscenities, but declined to order it as a series.

Executives at CBS TV Studios, which produced the pilot, reached out to their counterparts at The CW, network President Mark Pedowitz said in an interview at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour.

“We saw it and fell in love with them,” Pedowitz said. “We thought we could make it into a broadcast version. They thought they could make it into a broadcast version. We needed it to be an hour comedy. We thought it would be a perfect companion for ‘Jane The Virgin,”‘ which will follow it.

Pedowitz said he initially thought “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” would not air on The CW until the 2016-17 season, “but the more we thought about it, the more we realized this would be the perfect fit.”

When asked what he liked about “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Pedowitz responded, “It’s different.”

“It’s a big swing,” Pedowitz said. “It’s fun. It’s blue sky, but dealing with a really tough topic matter, obsessive love. Rachel makes it work because she’s so charming.”

Bloom and Brosh McKenna have pledged “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” will reflect West Covina’s diversity. The city’s population is 53.2 percent Latino, 25.8 percent Asian, 15.3 percent white and 4.5 percent black, according to the 2010 census.

“Because it’s such a diverse community, we are very specific about our background (actors) and extras to reflect the community,” Brosh McKenna said.

No ethnicity is listed in some roles to be cast, while specific races are listed for other roles, said Brosh McKenna, who wrote the screenplays for “The Devil Wears Prada,” “We Bought A Zoo” and the remake of “Annie.”

A line used multiple times in the premiere about West Covina being “only two hours from the beach, four in traffic,” has drawn criticism from people who have seen the premiere or promotional clips.

“With no traffic, maybe it’s an hour,” Bloom said in response to a question last month at the PaleyFest Fall TV previews festival at the The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills from a woman who identified herself as being from the West Covina area and said West Covina is “like an hour, 15 max” from the beach, drawing applause and cheers.

“But when do you want to go to the beach? You want to go on a weekend. Weekend traffic, getting on the (San Bernardino (10)) freeway west from West Covina to the beach on a Saturday or Sunday in peak beach hours, there is no way that is not at least two hours.”

 

Related Posts

5 Tips for Planning a Trip to Orange County

February 3, 2021

February 3, 2021

When you’re thinking of planning a short getaway with your family or friends, Orange County in Los Angeles is the...

How COVID Has Shaped the Way We Do Events Going Forward

January 8, 2021

January 8, 2021

We all miss live events done in person in large auditoriums and expo centers. There was a certain energy that...

Ways To Save On Travel

January 5, 2021

January 5, 2021

For the majority of people, vacations are something you plan for. Well in advance you decide what you want to...

Take a Road Trip to Laguna Beach

December 7, 2020

December 7, 2020

During this uncertain time when the world is experiencing a harrowing pandemic, you may not know what to do with...

What You Should Know About Laguna Beach’s Limited Stay-At-Home Order

December 7, 2020

December 7, 2020

Unless you’ve been hiding in a cave for the last year, you probably know by now the seriousness of the...

5 Reasons Laguna Beach Shops are Great for End-of-Year Shopping

December 7, 2020

December 7, 2020

You want to get some late-year shopping done to take advantage of post-holiday deals. If so, look no further than...

PIQUE Health Not Your Average Medical Practice

December 7, 2020

December 7, 2020

PIQUE Health is the very first comprehensive mens health center in Beverly Hills. With highly personalized treatment plans that fit...

Shaking Things Up At The Alley Lounge

November 3, 2020

November 3, 2020

Learn to shake a cocktail like the pros at The Alley Lounge in Culver City, in this video brought to...

Craft Cocktails at Home

October 27, 2020

October 27, 2020

Today on Westside Food Scene we learn to make a delicious craft cocktail and mocktail that you can enjoy anytime...

Edify TV: National Women’s Health and Fitness Day!

September 28, 2020

September 28, 2020

September 30th marks National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, Here are a few fun activities to try out in celebration...

Willy California Wants Men to Rethink Their Closet

September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020

Local clothing line reimagines athleisure By Toi Creel With ranges in styles for men’s clothing from suits and professional clothing...

County Health Officials Walk Back Treak or Treating Ban

September 9, 2020

September 9, 2020

Department of Public Health now says trick or treating not recommended By Sam Catanzaro County health officials have walked back...

UCLA Searching for COVID-19 Vaccine Volunteers

September 8, 2020

September 8, 2020

Editor’s note: this AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 trial is on temporary hold while the company looks into whether a patient involved in...

City of LA Partners With Organization to End Senior Loneliness

September 1, 2020

September 1, 2020

By Staff Writer The City of Los Angeles Department of Aging and Element3 Health Monday jointly announced the launch of...

County Warns of Potential COVID-19 Spikes Ahead of Labor Day

September 1, 2020

September 1, 2020

Seven-day positivity rate currently below 5 percent By Sam Catanzaro Despite optimism regarding COVID-19 transmission rates, ahead of Labor Day...