Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was an unlikely candidate to emerge as one of the most beloved new shows of the last year. It’s a musical-comedy about a depressed young woman stalking her ex-boyfriend, starring an obscure YouTube star and a mostly unknown cast, based on a rejected Showtime pilot, on a network (The CW) where it may not necessarily fit, and with some of the most anemic ratings of anything on network television.
But despite all of those things, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has earned a devoted following, from both critics and its own passionate audience. The show, which has a look and feel like nothing else on television, stars aforementioned YouTube star Rachel Bloom as New York City lawyer Rebecca Bunch who decides on a whim to follow an old ex-boyfriend to West Covina, California. Additionally, it features an outstanding cast, standout original musical numbers in every single episode, and (perhaps best of all) an energetic, go-for-it performance from co-creator/star Bloom, who won a Golden Globe for the role. Now, we’re getting our first look at season 2.
The show’s official Twitter account posted a 30-second promo for the second season. It indicates that fans of the series are going to get exactly what they want from season 2: More of the same. Take a look at the promo:
— Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (@CW_CrazyXGF) September 9, 2016
In the video, we see Rebecca in various elaborate musical numbers, with outlandish costumes; we also see her kissing her ex-boyfriend/longtime crush/new boyfriend Josh (Vincent Rodriguez), as well as scenes featuring Rebecca with Greg (Santino Fontana), and her best friend Paula (Donna Lynne Champlin). This is overlayed with lavish critical praise, and a reminder of the show's return date. Overall, we get the sense that we’re going to see a lot more of the anarchic spirit with which Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is associated.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was renewed for a second season despite its poor ratings; the question for the second season will be if it can grow them to the point where the show’s longtime future can be secured. In a rare move for a network TV series, the entire first season was put on Netflix for streaming throughout the summer, allowing its word-of-mouth to grow and new audiences to discover the series who may have missed the first season while it was airing.
That said, putting the show on Friday nights doesn’t exactly indicate The CW is confident in its future - though series have come back from the Friday night slot in the past.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend returns on The CW on Friday, October 21st, 2016.