Review Roundup: Santino Fontana Stars in The CW's CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, Premiering Tonight
CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND is coming to The CW tonight, October 12 at 8/7c. starring Broadway's Santino Fontana. Rachel Bloom also star as Rebecca Bunch, a successful driven, and possibly crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness...in suburban West Covina, CA. The half-hour comedy, which stars series regulars Michael McDonald, Donna Lynne Champlin and Vincent Rodriguez III, will feature musical elements.
Fontana, last seen on Broadway in CINDERELLA, portrays Greg, a bartender and Rebecca's (Bloom) first friend. Rebecca's new boss; OBIE and Drama Desk Award winner Champlin (Broadway productions of Billy Elliot, Sweeney Todd) plays Paula, her co-worker at the law firm who is suspicious of Rebecca; and Broadway star Rodriguez III (Here Lies Love) will play Josh, Rebecca's childhood boyfriend who she serendipitously runs into years later, and who acts as the catalyst for her dramatic life change.
Below, check out clips from the show and find out what the critics have to say about this fun, new series!
Matt Tamanini, BroadwayWorld: On one hand, that makes the show proudly a musical in the conventional Broadway sense, but it also means that it is completely embracing the genre's inherent craziness. Paired with JANE THE VIRGIN, the best "dramedy" on TV, this Monday woman-centric comedy block could position The CW to movie beyond supernatural teen angst and superhero dramas.
James Poniewozik, The New York Times: ...the early hits outweigh the misses. As Rebecca primps for a date, she launches into "The Sexy Getting Ready Song," a spot-on R&B spoof of the "makeup tax" women pay in time, effort and blood. (Don't ask.) It's equal parts the "Inside Amy Schumer" boy-band parody "Girl, You Don't Need Makeup" and what the male folk-comedy duo Flight of the Conchordsmight have written if they waxed and wore Spanx.
Mary McNamara, The Los Angeles Times: Though live action, and far less pointed than the princess song, the series is fueled by the same sardonic effervescence, and it often requires Bloom to burst into sweetly stinging song. It's an intoxicating if precarious concoction, capable of exploding or imploding at any moment, which only adds to the fun.
Dominc Patten, Deadline: Crazy Ex is an experiment in motion - and it really does jump around with show-stopping tunes like "Sexy Getting Ready Song." But underneath. and weaved in and out of the song and dance pieces, the borderline uncomfortable setups, a whole lot of texting, problematic new boss, and suspicious co-workers are some very serious stabs at some very serious issues. And those efforts are why you should give CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND a chance - you might find something you could grow to love.
Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter: CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND is something fresh, unfamiliar and original. It's a big swing in a fall of small swings and correspondingly small hits, and there's little doubt that both the creative forces behind the show and The CW are displaying a welcome audacity here.
Brian Lowry, Variety: As presented in the pilot, though - written by Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna, and directed by Marc Webb - the series is infused with a kind of infectious energy, starting with the production numbers, that makes it an ideal companion for "Jane the Virgin." The main difference would be that while Jane is the level-headed presence surrounded by lunacy, here Rebecca's the driver of the crazy train.
Margaret Lyons, Vulture: CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND has a very difficult to-do list in terms of maintaining its tone while finding a little more character clarity than the pilot managed - plus the musical numbers. Rebecca's self-absorption is almost thrilling, but the show itself falls prey to it, so we don't quite get a clear read on the supporting characters in the first episode, though it's obvious that Paula (Donna Lynne Champlin), the paralegal at Rebecca's new firm, will be her main confidante, and Greg (Santino Fontana), a bartender, will be the main love interest.
Robert Bianco, USA Today: CW's CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND [is] fall's best new series and easily its most unusual. A story of one obsessive woman's unlikely search for love and happiness, as told through song and dance, Crazy is an out-of-the-blue surprise and an out-of-the-box treasure. It shows what the networks can do when they're willing to throw caution to the wind and turn to something and someone new - in this case, star and writer Rachel Bloom and the show's creator, Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada).
CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND official trailer:
The sexy 'Getting Ready' song:
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