Rachel Bloom to star in 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' pilot for Showtime

"'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' is built on the inspired comedy and songwriting of Rachel Bloom -- who we believe is ready to break out," says Showtime Networks President David Nevins.
By Karen Butler  |  July 11, 2014 at 7:50 PM
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LOS ANGELES, July 11 (UPI) -- Showtime says it has ordered a pilot for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a half-hour comedy with musical elements co-created, executive produced and written by Aline Brosh McKenna, and starring writer/actress/comedian Rachel Bloom.

The show is about Rebecca, 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: West Covina, Calif.," a synopsis said.

The pilot is being directed and executive produced by Marc Webb. It will be shot in California this fall.

"This pilot is an exciting change of pace for us," Showtime Networks President David Nevins said in a statement. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is built on the inspired comedy and songwriting of Rachel Bloom -- who we believe is ready to break out. She was introduced to us by Aline Brosh McKenna, who has a brilliant, contemporary comedy voice that is spot on as show-runner of this project. And, we were lucky to attract director Marc Webb who is eager to flex different creative muscles after his blockbuster successes."

"I am so happy to be working with Rachel Bloom, who is not just a powerhouse musical comedy talent, but also a fabulous writer and creator. I feel very lucky to have found her videos online," said Brosh McKenna.

"We are thrilled that Marc Webb, whom I've wanted to work with for such a long time, has come aboard as we move forward with the pilot. David Nevins has been a great champion of the show from the second we stepped into his office, and Showtime and CBS have been ideal creative partners. They've given us both freedom and support, which is all writers can really ask for," she added.

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