Crazy Ex-Girlfriend just concluded a terrific second season. I reviewed the finale here, and I have a spoiler-filled interview with co-creator/star Rachel Bloom and co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna coming up just as soon as I call Oscar-winning movies “clients”…
So, as discussed in that finale review, season two closes with Josh leaving Rebecca at the altar so that he can enter the priesthood, which prompts Rebecca — whom we have just learned was once institutionalized after having an affair with a married professor and trying to burn down his house when he broke up with her — to stand on a cliff at the edge of the Pacific and coldly tell her squad, “Josh Chan must be destroyed.” Here’s what McKenna and Bloom had to say about that, and a lot more.
How much faith did you have that the show would continue, and were you comfortable with the idea that this could have been the last episode?
Aline Brosh McKenna: I always say it’s like the Tim McGraw song, “Live Like You Were Dying.” We just always write like we’re not getting canceled. This was our plan to do it, to do these four seasons in this way, and so we just stuck to that. And they’re so supportive of the show that we felt more confident this year than we did the previous year.
Rachel Bloom: I was incredibly confident. And if they were at all on the fence about renewing us, I think they would have given us some sort of warning about, “Hey, maybe you want to start wrapping things up.” We’ve been pretty open with them about our plan and what the arc of the show is. They respect the show and they respect us. They wouldn’t fuck us like that.
So why is this an important place to take Rebecca to as the series reaches its planned midpoint?
McKenna: When we pitched it initially, however many years ago, this was in our very first pitch in the first round of meetings we took with various networks: “Josh Chan must be destroyed.” So this was something that we always wanted to end this season with. [Rebecca] has a tendency to take on roles that she understands in the culture. And in this moment of intense disappointment, instead of looking within, which is something she doesn’t like to do very much, she grabs at another prototype: the spurned woman, who is a destroyer.
Bloom: When you think of the title Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, this is what you think of. You think of someone vindictive, and we wanted to fully explore the full implications of the title when we thought of the show.