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Season Four   Rebecca faces the music for her actions.
Premiere date: October 12, 2018 — Season finale: April 5, 2019

SummaryEdit

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Crazy excited! Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is renewed for Season 4 on The CW!
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— CXG Facebook
Season Four Promotional photo final season portrait

Season Four is the final season of theThe CW's musical comedy show "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend". Co-creators Aline Brosh McKenna and Rachel Bloom envisioned this as the final arc in the four-part story [1]. The Season Four renewal was officially announced on April 2, 2018 [2]. The 18-episode final season premiered on October 12, 2018. The official series finale ("I'm In Love") aired on April 5, 2019 followed immediately by the eighteenth episode which was a concert special.

ProductionEdit

RenewalEdit

On April 2, 2018 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was reported as having been renewed on several media outlets such as Deadline [3] and Variety [4]. Co-creator Rachel Bloom reiterated that Season Four would be the end of the show and narratively conclude the story arc started in Season One [5]. While the two previous seasons saw the episode count reduced to 13 five more episodes were added for a total of 18 in Season Four [6].

CastEdit

It was announced on August 6, 2018 that actor Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect) was cast in the role of the returning character Greg Serrano [7] formerly played by Santino Fontana in Seasons one and two. According to Rachel Bloom: “We are going to be playing a lot with the ideas and themes of perception, how he sees her, how other people see each other.” Fontana was approached to reprise his role [8] but instead committed to play the lead in a Broadway production of "Tootsie." [9]. He did offer his support and approved the choice of his replacement stating he and Astin were friends [10]. Astin had previously worked alongside “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” series regular and show writer Rene Gube on the TBS sitcom “Ground Floor.” Greg will appear in the 8th episode. [11]

On August 1 Rachel Bloom announced on her Instagram account [12] that co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna would be the first guest star on the show. Actor/comedian Patton Oswalt revealed his return to the show after a brief cameo in Season Two. According to a tweet he posted [13] he will be performing a musical number this time. Another returning character is Brody (played by Benjamin Seimon) who was confirmed in a TV Line interview with McKenna and Bloom [14].

On August 16, co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna tweeted [15] an open invitation for celebrity fans of the show to appear for its final season. Actors such as Mo Rocco and Bradley Whitfield have expressed an interest. On September 3, it was revealed that Nia Verdalos "will play Wendy, a long-term, high-powered client of Rebecca’s who is surprised by a recent turn of events in Rebecca’s life. "Wendy is a really amazing businesswoman who comes to Whitefeather and is really, really underwhelmed by the performances of anyone who isn’t Rebecca," co-creator Rachel Bloom says. "Nia takes her to a whole other level. That was a brilliant stroke of casting that was Aline’s idea and it’s just perfect." [16] On August 26, Tan France announced that he will guest star in an episode set to air in November. [17]


CrewEdit

On May 21, 2018 Rachel Bloom announced on her Instagram [18] that the writers room was open and production officially started on Season Four. The staff consists of co-creators Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna with returning writers Dan Gregor and Doug Mand, Sono Patel, Rene Gube, Michael Hitchcock, Rachel Specter and Audrey Wauchope, Elisabeth Kiernan Averick, Erin Ehrlich, Jack Dolgen and Ilana Peña. McKenna also announced via her Twitter account the names of female directors who would be working on the show. This included herself, the return of Erin Erlich and Jude Weng, debuting directors Audrey Wauchope with Rachel Specter, Rachel Bloom and Carrie Brownstein [19].

CXG Season Four Instagram writers room

Season Four writers at Home Base

Episode titlesEdit

On July 25, a screenshot of the script for the first episode was posted on Instagram [20]. The title was revealed to be “I Want To Be Here” and follows the tradition of specific naming conventions for the series episodes. Unlike previous seasons the title has word “I” in the place of a male love interest name and there is a lack of punctuation.

Leaked 401 script title

SongsEdit

Rachel Bloom performed the new opening theme for Season Four at the 2018 San Diego’s Comic Con. She described it in an interview with Showbiz Junkies [21]:

“I actually sang it at Comic Con, our Comic Con panel, and it is kind of an almost like 1970s, 1980s typical sitcom opener, including a clip show with the kind of song sounds like a mix of a sitcom opening and not like a spearmint a Doublemint gum commercial. And, really, the essence of it is how it’s hard to boil someone down into a single theme song. We actually have an element of the theme song that you will see will be changing every episode, which will be very exciting for fans.”

A “cell block tango number” has been confirmed by Rachel Bloom in an interview with TV Line [22].

Series finaleEdit

On January 3, 2019 Aline Brosch Mckenna tweeted out a photo of herself and Rachel Bloom along with the message they were in the process of writing the series finale. In a breaking the fourth wall moment it was mentioned in the ninth episode "I'm Not The Person I Used To Be" that the finale will take place on Valentine's Day. However, offal press releases indicate that the finale will actually air on April 5 followed by a live concert. On January 25, 2019, Rene Gube uploaded a photo of the final table read on his Instagram account. The last day of filming was on February 8 as tweeted by Rachel Bloom. A wrap party happened the next day as documented by photos uploaded on the SnapBar.



Rachel and Aline writing the series finale
Rachel and Aline writing the series finale.

Awards and nominationsEdit

On July 16, 2019 it was announced that the "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" songs "Anti-Depressants Are So Not A Big Deal" and "Meet Rebecca!" were both nominated for Emmy awards by the Television Academy [23].

GalleryEdit

Season Four EW sneak peek

NotesEdit

TimelineEdit

  • In "I Have To Get Out" when Rebecca checks her phone it says that it's January 9th.
  • In "I Have a Date Tonight", it is said that Rebecca has to make a decision until next Thursday, which is Valentine's day.
  • The episode "I'm In Love" sets on Valentine's day, exactly a year after Rebecca makes her decision.

EpisodesEdit

vedSeason Four Episodes
4x1 Promotional photo 11    "I Want To Be Here" 10/12/18
Directed by: Stuart McDonald - Written by: Rachel Bloom

Rebecca confronts the consequences of her guilty plea while an angry Nathaniel seeks solace in a retreat and Josh searches for answers.

I Am Ashamed    "I Am Ashamed" 10/19/18
Directed by: Audrey Wauchope - Written by: Erin Ehrlich

Rebecca, Paula, Heather and Valencia participate in a séance after a spooky discovery. Darryl takes his parenting duties to an extreme, while Nathaniel is determined to prove to his father he's the best person to run the law firm.

I'm On My Own Path    "I'm On My Own Path" 10/26/18
Directed by: Jude Weng - Written by: Alden Derck

As Rebecca contemplates her feelings about her career, Paula is forced to deal with a big client. Josh tries to get back in the dating game, while Heather and Hector deal with insurance.

I'm Making Up For Lost Time    "I'm Making Up For Lost Time" 11/02/2018
Directed by: Stuart McDonald - Written by: Elisabeth Kiernan Averick

As Rebecca contemplates her feelings about her career, Paula is forced to deal with a big client. Josh tries to get back in the dating game, while Heather and Hector deal with insurance.

I'm So Happy For You    "I'm So Happy For You" 11/09/2018
Directed by: Erin Ehrlich - Written by: Ilana Pena

Heather and Valencia both have changes in their lives which leaves Rebecca reeling. Meanwhile, Paula has to adjust to some good news/bad news from her eldest son.

I See You    "I See You" 11/16/2018
Directed by: Dan Gregor - Written by: Jack Dolgen

Rebecca gets more than she bargained for during a day out with Darryl. Josh lends a helping hand to Paula, while Heather encourages Nathaniel to be a nice person.

I Will Help You    "I Will Help You" 11/30/2018
Directed by: Kabir Akhtar - Written by: Aline Brosh McKenna

Rebecca takes a trip to visit her mother with intentions to tell Naomi about her new career path. Josh housesits for Rebecca and discovers being alone is harder than it seems, while Nathaniel helps one of Paula’s clients in an effort to do something good.

4x8 Promotional photo 9    "I'm Not The Person I Used To Be" 12/07/2018
Directed by: Stuart McDonald - Written by: Rene Gube

Greg returns to West Covina, which forces Rebecca to question things she thought she knew about people she has loved in her life. Meanwhile, Valencia and Josh make some shocking discoveries while at their high school reunion.

4x9 Promotional photo 5    "I Need Some Balance" 1/11/2019
Directed by: Kimmy Gatewood - Written by: Elizabeth Kiernan Averick

Rebecca starts dating again while two of her ex-boyfriends get acquainted.

4x10 Promotional photo 1    "I Can Work With You" 1/18/2019
Directed by: Kabir Akhtar - Written by: Rachel Specter & Audrey Wauchope

Rebecca agrees to help out Darryl by offering to babysit and an unexpected guest crashes the evening. Meanwhile, Paula throws a game night.

I'm Almost Over You    "I'm Almost Over You" 1/25/2019
Directed by: Erin Ehrlich - Written by: Michael Hitchcock

Rebecca tries to stick to her plan for happiness while Nathaniel and Maya bond over their feelings of unrequited love.

4x11 Promotional photo 9    "I Need A Break" 2/1/2019
Directed by: Jack Dolgen - Written by: Ilana Pena

When Rebecca and Greg take a day trip, things don’t go quite as planned. Meanwhile, Paula has an incredibly stressful week.

4x13 Promotional photo 7    "I Have To Get Out" 2/8/2019
Directed by: Stuart McDonald - Written by: Rene Gube

Rebecca supports Paula in her time of need despite, her own personal challenges. Emotions run high when Greg, Josh and Nathaniel have an unfortunate encounter.

4x14 Promotional photo 5    "I'm Finding My Bliss" 3/15/2019
Directed by: Kabir - Written by: Elisabeth Kiernan Averick and Michael Hitchcock

Rebecca tries out for the local community theater, while Paula is courted by various law firms.

4x15 Promotional photo 14    "I Need to Find My Frenemy" 3/22/2019
Directed by: Stuart McDonald - Written by: Alden Derck & Aline Brosh McKenna

Rebecca gets a call to help her old nemesis out of a complicated situation. Meanwhile, Nathaniel, Josh and Greg attempt to deal with their competing feelings for Rebecca.

I Have a Date Tonight    "I Have a Date Tonight" 3/29/2019
Directed by: Dan Gregor - Written by: Erin Ehrlich

Rebecca spends time with Nathaniel, Josh and Greg in an attempt to get clarity.

I'm In Love    "I'm In Love" 4/5/2019
Directed by: Aline Brosh McKenna - Written by: Rachel Bloom & Aline Brosh McKenna

Rebecca makes a life-changing decision about her future.

Yes, It’s Really Us Singing- The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Concert Special    "Yes, It’s Really Us Singing: The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Concert Special" 4/5/2019
Directed by: Marty Pasetta, Jr. - Written by: Rachel Bloom, Adam Schlesinger and Jack Dolgen

Rachel Bloom and the cast of the critically acclaimed series will perform live versions of fan-favorite songs along with incredible staging, multimedia visuals and a live band and orchestra.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Twitter announcement
  2. Facebook announcement
  3. Deadline CW renewals
  4. Variety CW renewals
  5. Rachel Bloom Season Four series final
  6. Additional episodes
  7. Hollywood Reporter Crazy Ex-Girlfriend recasts Greg
  8. Santino asked to return by showrunners
  9. Fontana to play "Tootsie"
  10. Santino discusses his replacement
  11. https://twitter.com/alinebmckenna/status/1050038915833331712
  12. Rachel Bloom Instagram announcement
  13. Patton Oswalt tweet
  14. Brody returning
  15. Aline Brosh McKenna Tweet
  16. https://www.ew.com/tv/2018/09/02/get-the-first-details-on-nia-vardalos-character-in-crazy-ex-girlfriend/
  17. https://twitter.com/tanfrance/status/1033719538175471616
  18. Instagram account
  19. McKenna announces female directors for Season Four
  20. Episide 401
  21. Showbiz Junkies.com
  22. Cell Block tango confirmed by Rachel Bloom
  23. L.A. Times Emmy snubs and surprises


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