It’s crazy that as quickly as it came, season one of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is finally coming to a close. The unusual modern love musical comedy–unusual because, with the exception of Glee, musicals tend to take a longer, more movie-like form–has had a whirlwind freshman season, scooping up a Golden Globe for Best Actress -Television Series Musical and a Critics Choice Award in a similar category for its star girl, Rachel Bloom. It’s a feat few start-up comedies achieve, even breakthrough hits; after all, even comedy icons like The Office and Parks and Recreation failed to snag golden trophies for their leads until the end, or not at all.
For show-runner Aline Brosh McKenna, all of this acclaim adds to the wholly crazy experience because, after all, the show was nearly discontinued, according to Deadline.
McKenna, who also serves as Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘s executive producer, says, “We got picked up at, like the last minute, so we have been working, working, working.”
The show, for those who don’t know, follows love-lost Rebecca Bunch, who kicks her lawyer job in Manhatten to resettle in West Covina, California. It’s there that she falls for her old boyfriend, Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III) and his friend, Greg Serrano (Santino Fontana). The series is filled with awkward moments, cute/tension-filled scenes, and a lot of singing and dancing.
Now that the CW has officially renewed Crazy Ex-Girlfriend for its sophomore season, McKenna and Bloom, who alongside starring also executive-produces with McKenna, decided to go ahead with their original plan to end the season in a bombshell that has no choice but to keep moving forward.
In last night’s season finale, Rebecca finally lets her walls fall and has sex with Josh, whom she’s had feelings for for some time.
“Half of this first season was all about denial. Rebecca was lying to herself,” says McKenna in a Hollywood Reporter interview. “They’ve had sex. She’s openly in love with him. What happens now?”
What happens now, according to McKenna, is currently being planned. While she and Bloom had the first season intricately detailed before the first episode even aired, the duo weren’t entirely expecting it to take off the way it did. While the co-creators have a good idea of where things are going to go, certain story-archs are still yet to be designed.
What they do know is who’s coming back, and who’s making an appearance for the first time. Audra Levine (Rachel Grate), the New York attorney and Rebecca’s life-long rival, has been confirmed to be returning for season two, as well as Rebecca’s mom, Naomi Bunch (Torah Feldshuh).
As for the new cast additions, either McKenna and Bloom haven’t made any decisions yet or they simply won’t share yet (after all, the season finale was just twenty-four hours ago). Whoever it’ll be, assuredly, they’ll hopefully have the same caliber the leads have shown this season.