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Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.
In this week’s episode, Variety‘s executive editor of TV, Debra Birnbaum, talks with co-creator and executive producer of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” Aline Brosh McKenna.
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McKenna, who also penned the scripts for “The Devil Wears Prada” and “27 Dresses,” teases that “we have a lot of fun stuff to deal with next year” as the show heads into its fourth season.
Considering the fact that series star Rebecca Bunch, who is played by co-creator Rachel Bloom, may be facing jail time when the show returns, McKenna notes that “this theme of dealing with all of the ramifications of her behavior since the beginning of the series is really coming to a head here [in the Season 3 finale], and I think sets up a nice question for next season which is: What does that look like for her to take responsibility?”
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McKenna also recognizes the strength of Bloom as a performer in making Bunch so lovable that the audience forgives her for everything. “I remember in the first season we had a line where she passes a homeless person who asks for money,” she said. “And she says: ‘Oh, I’m sorry. I only have twenties. I got them from working.’ And I thought no one would ever be able to pull off that line. Then I thought: ‘No, it’s Rachel. She can pull anything off.'”
The love story of “Crazy Ex” also has not been with the many romantic interests Rebecca has pursued on the show, from Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III) to Greg Serrano (Santino Fontana) to Nathaniel Plimpton III (Scott Michael Foster). “In our show, her relationship with Paula has always been the main love story,”...
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