Showtime’s most-talked-about series currently includes such dramas as Homeland and Masters of Sex, as well as this year’s newcomer horror series, Penny Dreadful. However, the network may be looking to expand its programming scope, if its recent decisions are any indication.
The channel – which also airs shows like House of Lies and Nurse Jackie – recently picked up the pilot for the comedy series Roadies, from writer/director Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous). Now comes new that Showtime has ordered a second comedy pilot, with some unexpected talent involved.
According to an announcement by the network, Showtime has picked up half-hour comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a new series co-created, written and executive produced by Aline Brosh McKenna.
The Amazing Spider-Man‘s Marc Webb will direct the show’s pilot episode, and up-and-coming actress Rachel Bloom will star as a successful New York lawyer who turns back on her old life in an effort to find love and happiness in West Covina, Calif. The series will also feature musical elements, though it is not expected to be a full-fledged musical series.
Brosh McKenna is perhaps best known for her scripting duties on hit female-driven comedies like The Devil Wears Prada and 27 Dresses, and more recently, she has worked on Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo and the upcoming Annie remake. Given her resume, Brosh McKenna seems like a worthy fit for the Showtime comedy, as she has plenty of experience with both the romantic and comedic aspects of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
As for Webb – who helmed this summer’s tepidly received The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – the project should mark a return to his roots. After all, he made his directorial debut with the charming comedy/drama (500) Days of Summer (which itself featured a musical number/dance sequence) before rebooting the webslinger’s big-screen adventures. Webb will serve as director/executive producer for the show.
The real wild card here will likely by Bloom. Over the past few years, she appeared in a number of shorts and TV series, including Robot Chicken and How I Met Your Mother, and is a comedian, writer and singer who seemingly possesses all the skills necessary to make the quirkier side of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend work. However, a project like this often lives or dies by its lead star. So it will be interesting to see if Bloom is able to turn the show into a hit for Showtime. No doubt, having Brosh McKenna and Webb behind the show will help shape the final product.
Do you think Crazy Ex-Girlfriend sounds like it will be a success, or should Webb place his focus on keeping The Amazing Spider-Man series on track? Let us know in the comments below.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is set to begin filming this fall. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for further details.