When I first read the crypt for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, I was intrigued. It’s about Rebecca (played by Rachel Bloom), a single girl who moves from NYC to L.A. for Josh (played by Vincent Rodriguez III), a guy Â she dated briefly at summer camp when she was 16 years-old, giving up her lucrative law career (she’s about to be promoted to partner), moving to a new city called West Covina that she’s not only never heard of but also a place where she doesn’t know a soul.
Rebecca and I have a lot in common. I was once a single gal living in NYC and I nearly moved to L.A. She’s Jewish – I’m Jewish, and we both wear it on our sleeves. I’m spontaneous, too – she basically moved to L.A. on a whim, after spotting an ad campaign questioning her happiness. That’s something I’d do. She’s real, I’m real. Her mom tries to tell her what to do – so does mine! She also breaks into song when she’s mulling over something and the showÂ feels veryÂ Broadway. Wondering what I mean? Check this out:
If you know me, you know why I love this show. It has my name written all over it. Rebecca’s road to nab her boyfriend isn’t as easy as her job search – she joins a law firm in no time (without taking the Bar Exam? As my tween reminded me, “It’s only TV, Mom!”) But when she arrives, Josh has a new girlfriend, Valencia, a sexy yoga instructor (played by Gabrielle Ruiz), who she deems perfect. Valencia puts a stake inÂ her perfection in a Bollywood number when Rebecca takes her first class, after signing up for 20. She becomes slightly obsessed with her.
Then there’s good guy Greg (played byÂ Santino Fontana who I LOVED in Cinderella on Broadway and I am anxiously awaiting his musical debut on the show next week!). He works behind the bar everyone goes to andÂ it was love at first sight for Rebecca, but she has blinders on when it comes to Josh. All my bets are on this guy – go, Santino – I mean, Greg.
Lastly,Â there’s Paula, Rebecca’s new BFF, played by Donna Lynne Champlin . At Paula she appears to be Rebecca’s officeÂ enemy, but after PaulaÂ realizes how much fun and warped Rebecca truly is, for moving thousands of miles to be with a guy she dated 20 years ago, she makes herself invaluable to both the friendship and the show. The two have a remarkable chemistry and Champlin sings, to boot. Rebecca also has a funny boss at work (played byÂ (Pete Gardner). I applaud the casting agent in charge of this show.
So, basically, watch Crazy Ex-Girlfriend next Monday from 8-9pm ET on the CW. Or, if you’re like me, watch it on Hulu Plus, another one of my recent obsessions.
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