You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Team Breaks Down Pivotal Premiere Music Video

The third season premiere of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” opened with a song entitled “Where’s Rebecca Bunch?” to address the second season’s cliffhanger: how and when Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) would react to being stood up on her wedding day. “It was way more plot-driven than we normally do,” executive producer Aline Brosh McKenna says of the vibrant musical number. “We had to explain a lot about the world and reset the world because it was right at the beginning of the episode. She didn’t really have the nerve to go full-[on] revenge mode, and the song tells you she’s disappeared, everyone’s looking for her, and she’s holed up in a hotel, depressed, gathering the resolve she needs.” And it was all done as a period piece.

Melina Root
Costume designer
“It was supposed to look like the opening of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ — 18th century and based on Charles Perrault fairy tales. But I had to consider the fact that it was 100 degrees and being shot in Pasadena. That was the No. 1 consideration for how we get all of these actors to be able to move around, sing and dance and not sweat off all their makeup. The technical side of it was figuring out a lightness to the petticoats and corsets. The creative side of it was making it look like a Disney fantasy, so how to use brighter colors.”

Kathryn Burns
“I like the lyrics to drive the movement. Here they’re townspeople, so it’s more like traditional musical theater, but while Donna Lynne [Champlin] has a lot of dance experience, we were also putting in people that didn’t. So keeping it earnest to musical theater, but still somewhat simple was important. A good shoulder shrug is good for questioning things. Part of the joy of what I get to choreograph is having it properly live in the genre but also getting to find moments of funny.”

Rachel Bloom, Jack Dolgen, Adam Schlesinger
“It was very inspired by ‘Somebody’s Getting Married Today’ from ‘The Muppets Take Manhattan,’ ” says Bloom. “It was going to be a big town celebration, kind of mixed with the Disney musical feel. I really liked the idea of a big ensemble number where everyone kind of got together, making West Covina feel like a small town. It’s just meant to be this feeling of when smallish towns are gossiping, it feels like it could be the medieval times — except people are talking as much on social media as they are in the town square.”

“It’s just meant to be this feeling of when small towns are gossiping.”
Rachel Bloom

Erin Ehrlich
Executive producer/Director
“The camera is constantly moving, so you have this fluid camera movement showing this bright village — this little hamlet of West Covina — where everything’s bustling in this bright, bubbly way, but then moving into a darker, more ominous tone and mood and style where you get to the hotel where she’s hiding out. We had three cameras shooting the big dance sequence at the same time, and because we had the horse, and you find out on the day the horse can only go up the hill six times, we were like, ‘OK we’ll shoot the rehearsal.’ It’s all about getting the timing right.”

Watch “Where’s Rebecca Bunch?” below:

More TV

  • Jennifer Lopez

    Jennifer Lopez 'Absolutely' Wants to Direct Film and Television

    Jennifer Lopez epitomizes the phrase “she’s done it all” — but there’s still more that the superstar would like to do. Lopez recently directed her first music video, “Limitless,” the track featured on her new rom-com “Second Act,” and it seems the multi-hyphenate has caught the directing bug. Related Rachel Brosnahan on Emmy Win and [...]

  • Kaya Scodelario

    Kaya Scodelario Joins Netflix Ice Skating Drama 'Spinning Out'

    Kaya Scodelario has signed on for the lead role in the upcoming Netflix drama “Spinning Out,” Variety has learned. Scodelario takes over the role that was previously held by Emma Roberts, who bowed out in October. She stars as Kat Baker, an up-and-coming, high-level single skater who’s about to turn in her skates after a disastrous [...]

  • Kevin Hill

    Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia's Seven Bucks Productions Names Kevin Hill Head of TV and Digital Content

    Seven Bucks Productions, the production company co-founded by Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia, has named Kevin Hill the head of television and digital development. In this role, Hill will identify, develop and produce new scripted and unscripted projects for Seven Bucks Productions and Seven Bucks Digital Studios. His background includes a six-and-a-half year stint at WME working [...]

  • Cardi B iHeart Radio Music Awards

    iHeartRadio Music Awards Move to Fox

    iHeartMedia and Fox Broadcasting Company today announced the return of the iHeartRadio Music Awards in 2019. The show will air live on Thursday, March 14 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, and will also stream online and broadcast live on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide. Performers will be announced in [...]

  • Best TV Shows of 2018

    The Top 20 TV Episodes of 2018

    This year provided TV fans with one of the most promising pilots in years (“Barry”) and an all-time-great series finale (that of “The Americans”), but there was plenty in between, too. The following are 20 of Variety’s critics’ favorite episodes to have aired all year, across genres. Of note: while episodes of “Atlanta,” “Barry,” “BoJack [...]

  • Jennifer Garner J.J. Abrams

    Jennifer Garner, J.J. Abrams Reunite for Limited Series at Apple

    Apple has given a straight-to-series order to a limited series starring Jennifer Garner and executive produced by JJ Abrams, Variety has learned. “My Glory Was I Had Such Friends,” based on the 2017 memoir of the same name by Amy Silverstein, follows a group of women who supported Silverstein as she waited for a second life-saving [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content