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Fall TV: CW has another winner with ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’

Donna Lynne Champlin (left) as Paula Proctor and Rachel Bloom as Rebecca Bunch in “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” on The CW.
Donna Lynne Champlin (left) as Paula Proctor and Rachel Bloom as Rebecca Bunch in “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” on The CW. Eddy Chen/The CW

New show: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

When: 8 p.m. Mondays on CW

Cast: Rachel Bloom, Santino Fontana, Vincent Rodriguez III, Donna Lynne Champlin

Premise: This fun new show from the CW is unlike anything else on TV.

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” stars Bloom as Rebecca Bunch, a successful, high-strung Manhattan attorney who – all in the first few moments of the first episode – has a bit of a nervous breakdown, turns down a big promotion and moves to West Covina, Calif., a small town two hours from the beach (four with traffic). The breakdown was no doubt coming anyway, but the job ditch and move to West Covina happen because of a chance encounter with an old boyfriend from summer camp – an encounter that takes place right in the middle of her “When was the last time you were truly happy?” anxiety attack – and he mentions he’s moving back there. Rebecca makes the move lickety-split and promptly begins her stalking.

Here’s the unusual part – and please, don’t stop reading here: this is a musical. But it’s a musical so funny and so cleverly done that it feels a bit revolutionary (particularly for primetime network TV), or at the very least, refreshing. The dialog is snappy and witty, and the song-and-dance numbers are Broadway musical-meets-SNL Digital Short.

Just give the first episode a shot, that’s all I ask. If they don’t hook with the amazing “Sexy Getting Ready Song” about halfway through, it’s not for you and you can turn back over to “NCIS.” I just hope there are enough of the rest of us out there to keep this on the CW schedule for awhile. (And while you’re at it, don’t forget that the equally amazing “Jane the Virgin” returns right after this at 9. CW is taking over Mondays!)  

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