‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ and ‘iZombie’ Get Additional Episodes at the CW

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The CW has ordered additional episodes for both “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “iZombie,” Variety has learned.

Freshman comedy “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” has landed five more episodes, bringing its first season total to 18, while “iZombie” has received an additional six-episode order, giving the second season a total of 19.

The formal episode orders come after the young-skewing network ordered additional scripts for both series last month, around the time of their respective premieres.

While the positively-reviewed “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” hasn’t gained much ratings traction, it has posted its best numbers to date in recent weeks. Paired with sophomore critical breakout “Jane the Virgin,” the six episodes averaged a 0.34 rating in 18-49 and about 1 million total viewers in Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates.

The Rachel Bloom-led show hails from the star, who co-created the series with “The Devil Wears Prada” writer Aline Brosh McKenna. The duo exec produces with Marc Webb and Erin Ehrlich. Bloom co-stars with Santino Fontana, Donna Lynne Champlin, Vincent Rodriguez III, Pete Gardner and Vella Lovell.

Before the “Crazy Ex” premiere, Variety‘s Brian Lowry said the series “hits all the right notes,” adding, “Once again, CW, with its targeted approach to introducing new shows, has delivered one of the fall’s most promising hours.”

Rob Thomas’s “iZombie,” airing on Tuesdays behind hit “The Flash,” is averaging a 0.82 rating in adults 18-49, and 1.9 million total viewers in Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates. Last week’s episode saw its biggest L+3 lift of the season in adults 18-49 (+0.29).

Rose McIver stars in the DC Comics series with Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley and David Anders. Thomas exec produces with Diane Ruggiero-Wright, Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge.

“Crazy Ex” debuted on Oct. 12. “iZombie” is now in the midst of its second season, which premiered on Oct. 6.

Rick Kissell contributed to this report.

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  1. Mckay says:

    Love everything about Crazy ex Girlfriend! Depression, obsession, and anxiety turned Musical Comedy. This show is my fix!

  2. DougW says:

    Really like iZombie. The CW should have ordered more “Hart of Dixie,” which was doing .4 in the demo and 1.2 million viewers. For some reason they like to cancel series after four seasons when a fifth would add a great deal to the series’ future value.

    • Jo says:

      I agree. All Hart of Dixie needed was one more season to really finish the story properly. It ended satisfactorily for the episodes it had, but it felt rushed and incomplete.

  3. SallySD says:

    I assumed, based on the promos, that iZombie was just another silly teen show cashing in on the Zombie fad. But it’s slyly funny, with pop-culture references that no one under 40 will likely get. Kinda like the Simpsons in that way…. Once you stomach the weekly meals of diced brains wirh hefty dashes of Sriracha sauce, it’s a well drafted detective show within a larger narrative of trying to cure the zombie-ism caused by pharmaceuticals.

  4. cadavra says:

    One reason the CW isn’t more successful is that they don’t promote outside their demographic. I didn’t bother with “iZombie” because it sounded like another dumb zombie series. Over the summer, I learned quite by accident that Rob Thomas was running the show. I immediately started watching it On Demand, fell in love with it, and now watch it live (pun intended). And there are probably a lot of other “Veronica Mars” fans who would happily tune in if the CW would let them know who’s responsible.

  5. Lisa says:

    What would it take for the CW to consider a show a failure?

  6. Dunstan says:

    To celebrate, I think there should be a cross-over show: My Crazy Ex-zombie Girlfriend.

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