Showtime Orders Musical Comedy Pilot ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’

Showtime has handed a pilot order to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a half-hour musical comedy from Aline Brosh McKenna, Rachel Bloom and director Marc Webb.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend follows Rebecca, 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 that is West Covina, California.

The comedy project was co-created by Aline Brosh McKenna and Rachel Bloom, who will star in the pilot as Rebecca. Both will also serve as executive producers on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which is being produced by CBS Television Studios and directed by The Amazing Spiderman helmer Marc Webb. Production on the pilot is slated to begin this Fall in California.

“This pilot is an exciting change of pace for us,” said David Nevins, President of Showtime. “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.”

While Co-Creator and Executive Producer Aline Brosh McKenna added: “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. 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.”