Screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna and writer/actress/comedian Rachel Bloom have been given a pilot order on their half-hour comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. The project is moving forward at Showtime with co-creators Brosh McKenna and Bloom writing and executive producing. 500 Days of Summer and Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb is directing the pilot.
“This pilot is an exciting change of pace for us,” said David Nevins, President, Showtime Networks Inc. “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 showrunner 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.”
The project centers around Rebecca (Bloom), 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.
-By Rebecca Murray
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