Crazy Ex-Girlfriend recasts Greg for final season
Staff Reporter | On 07, Aug 2018
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend will return in a matter of months to our screens, and when it does so, it’ll bring back the familiar face of Greg… but not as we know him.
Played by Santino Fontana back in Season 1, Greg was part of a love triangle with Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) and Josh (Vincent Rodriguez III). When he returns, though, he’ll be played by Skylar Astin.
Co-creator and showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna broke the news at the TCA press tour panel for the show last night, explaining that Greg’s return was always part of the overall plan. That was thrown for a loop, though, when Fontana didn’t sign up for Season 2 in full, leaving them to squeeze his arc into the first four episodes of the sophomore run. Now, with the series entering a very conscious end game, the chance to wrap up that plot thread once and for all has proven too enticing not to explore. After approaching Fontana to see if he would be interested, they realised their only option was to reimagine him explicitly.
“With an actor leaving suddenly, it left this exciting gap. His character’s almost become like lore in the show,” Bloom added. “We have this opportunity to bring back this mythic figure and look at him in a new way.”
“It will be kind of a great statement on how our perception of people changes,” she continued. “Greg is a barometer of [that] because Rebecca has not seen him for two years.”
How exactly that will play out is not yet clear, but what we do know for sure is that this new character will be able to sing: Astin has proven his musical chops three times over in the Pitch Perfect franchise.
Bloom also addressed the show’s finite end point, which they announced as a self-imposed ending last year.
“The very end, the last scene has always been the same,” Bloom commented. “Directionally we knew what every chapter of the four was going to be… That’s why it’s four very specific seasons because each season has a different angle of looking at the title of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”
So what can we expect from Season 4? This last chapter is “all about putting together the pieces”, she noted. “It’s about taking some of the lessons she’s learned and putting them into practice… the show is about inner happiness and how you can externalize it in your actions.”
Otherwise, we can also expect a familiar musical number to appear, with Chicago’s Cell Block Tango to be featured, following a large number of requests from fans.
Season 4 of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend will premiere on The CW in the USA on 12th October, with episodes arriving weekly on Netflix UK within 24 hours of their stateside debut. In the meantime, you can catch up with Season 1 to 3 on Netflix UK. (Read our review of Season 3 )
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend renewed for fourth and final season
3rd April 2018
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has officially been renewed for Season 4.
The musical comedy, co-created by and starring Rachel Bloom, follows Rebecca Bunch, a lovesick lawyer who abandons a choice job at a legal firm and her life in New York in an attempt to find happiness in the unlikely locale of West Covina, California.
The early renewal of the show was announced late yesterday by The CW President Mark Pedowitz.
“As The CW expands to a six-night, Sunday through Friday schedule next season, we are proud to have such a deep bench of great returning series for 2018-19. By picking these ten series up for next season, we have a terrific selection of programming to choose from when we set our fall schedule in May, with more still to come,” he said in a statement. “And I’m especially happy that we’ll continue to work with the incredibly talented casts, producers, and writers who create the series our fans are so passionate about.”
Nine other series were also renewed, including Black Lightning and Dynasty for Season 2, Arrow for Season 7, The Flash for Season 5, Supergirl for Season 4 and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow for Season 4. Supernatural will return for Season 14, alongside Riverdale for a third season and Jane the Virgin for a fifth season.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has grown progressively darker and more complex as it has continued through its first three seasons, earning critical acclaim, fan support and awards success. but the end is in sight for Rebecca’s journey, as Bloom has confirmed that the series will be its last.
“Just turned on my wifi on our flight to Chicago and found out that #CrazyExGirlfriend has been renewed for a final season,” tweeted Bloom last night. Variety reports that Bloom and her co-creator have always had a four-season plan in mind for the series. Jane the Virgin, another CW series that airs weekly on Netflix UK, is also expected to make its next season its last.