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Aline Brosh McKenna has written hit movies like The Devil Wears Prada and 27 Dresses. She wasn't looking to helm a TV show, but that's what happened after she fell in love with performer Rachel Bloom's satirical, musical videos on YouTube. McKenna tells us how creating Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was her version of "running away to the circus," and how she and Bloom revived the pilot after it had been declared dead.

Photo: Santino Fontana and Aline Brosh McKenna on the set of the Season One finale of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Courtesy of The CW.

Hollywood News Banter 6 MIN, 3 SEC

Matt Belloni, executive editor of the Hollywood Reporter joins Kim Masters to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

  • At CinemaCon, James Cameron announced there will be a whopping four Avatar sequels, with the first one hitting the big screen in 2018. The first sequel was initially supposed to air in 2014. Other filmmakers might not be able to get away with such a bold pronouncement, but the industry has learned not to doubt Cameron. 
  • Also at CinemaCon, the Sony presentation went over well. A lot is riding on their new, very expensive film Passengers starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt.
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is getting a new showrunner. Since the show started, Colbert has been pulling double duty as host and showrunner. Now Chris Licht is coming over from CBS' This Morning to oversee production of the The Late Show. Colbert's show has been consistently beaten in the ratings by Fallon, and sometimes by Kimmel.

Matthew Belloni, Hollywood Reporter (@THRMattBelloni)

Aline Brosh McKenna on 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' 21 MIN, 31 SEC

The premise of the quirky CW comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend can be summed up in a song. That's exactly what Rebecca Bunch, played by Rachel Bloom, does at the opening of every episode.

Rebecca is the so-called Crazy Ex-Girlfriend because she has impulsively moved across the country, leaving a great job in New York to pursue an old flame from summer camp named Josh.

There are at least two original songs in every episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, performed by Bloom or Josh, played by Vincent Rodriguez III, or one of Rebecca's new friends or co-workers in the standard-issue Los Angeles suburb of West Covina.

As Rebecca attempts to win back her long-ago boyfriend, there are tongue-in-cheek musical numbers from every genre -- rap, 80's hair metal, and even ballads.

Bloom created Crazy Ex-Girlfriend with our guest, Aline Brosh McKenna. The successful screenwriter of films including the The Devil Wears Prada and 27 Dresses, McKenna was not looking to work in television. But her career took an unexpected turn after she came across Bloom, singing on YouTube.

McKenna tells about her career path as a screenwriter, how working on The Devil Wears Prada was a transformative experience, and the time she had to put her duties as a mom above those as a screenwriter and say "no" to super producer Harvey Weinstein.

She also explains Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was originally supposed to be for Showtime, but ended up in the "garbage pile." Eventually, the series was picked up by The CW, where it's now been renewed for a second season -- helped, no doubt, in part by Bloom's surprise Golden Globe win.

McKenna makes her directorial debut with the season finale of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which airs Monday, April 18 on The CW.

Aline Brosh McKenna, screenwriter


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