Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) is a successful, driven, and possibly crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything – her partnership at a prestigious law firm and her upscale apartment in Manhattan – in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness in that exotic hotbed of romance and adventure: suburban West Covina, Calif. (it’s only two hours from the beach! Four in traffic). (synopsis via AceShowbiz)
Ain’t love grand?
Well, until it ceases being love, at least for one member of the relationship and becomes ex-love, at which point the other person can either choose to move on or … follow the one they still love with almost stalker-ly passion in the hope that … well, what exactly?
That’s the thing, notes Rachel Bloom, the star and executive producer of this quirky musical dramedy – which moved from Showtime to CW and went from a half hour show to an hour one in the process – love makes you do some crazy things and reveals a lot about who you are as a person:
“When we thought of the title Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, we immediately thought of it from the perspective of the crazy person, not the other [people]. Everyone feels crazy when they’re in love at some point. What does this term mean? How does one come to embody the stereotype? When you’re truly obsessed and in love with someone in a way that you’re stalking them… chances are there is some level of depression and anxiety.
“[Rebecca “is in a bad place and looks at [her ex] Josh Chan as an escape, instead of looking to herself for the solution. This is not an SNL character. This is someone who is struggling with issues.”
With two to three songs each episode explaining what’s going on from Rebecca’s perspective, a commitment to be funny but not flippant about Rebecca’s plight, this looks like being one of the more inventive new shows to debut on TV this year.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend premieres on CW on October 12, 2015.
(source: TV Line)