Netflix has acquired the exclusive UK streaming rights to The CW’s hour-long comedy series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend after striking a deal with international distributor CBS Studios International, TVWise has confirmed. The show’s first season is now available to stream.
Originally developed for Showtime as a half-hour series, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is an hour-long dramedy which stars Rebecca Bloom as 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, California. CBS Television Studios is producing, with Bloom, Aline Brosh McKenna and Marc Wenn executive producing.
This is the second major deal that Netflix UK has struck with CBS Studios International in the past 24 hours and follows on from a wide-ranging multi-year deal with the sales arm of CBS which gave the streaming service rights to the entire Star Trek catalog, excluding the upcoming CBS All Access series that is in pre-production.
Notably, this is the latest example of Netflix UK out-maneuvering traditional UK broadcasters to land the rights to a high-profile US TV series. They previously struck similar deals to secure exclusive rights to such shows as Better Call Saul, Pretty Little Liars, Once Upon A Time, iZombie and Power. They are also in talks to secure at least two new series out of the recent LA Screenings (more on that next week).