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Welcome to “TV Take,” Variety’s television podcast. In this week’s episode, Variety senior features editor, TV Danielle Turchiano talks with Aline Brosh McKenna, executive producer of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” which ends its four-season run on April 5.
With the finale looming, Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) is left to choose between three guys: one jerk, one “friend-zoned” guy, and one “dreamy high school quarterback.” McKenna says that in setting up such a clichéd final trope of a woman “choosing between romantic suitors,” the show was able to unpack it.
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“It gave us a chance to get inside all of those tropes as we were engaging with this idea of a romantic choice being a culminative event in a woman’s life,” McKenna says. “What does that actually mean and what do they represent for her and what choice is actually in front of her?”
One of the trickiest parts of ending the show, she says, was making sure Rebecca’s character was given enough time to find closure among all the other storylines that had to be resolved.
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“We consciously started and landed everybody’s journeys in slightly different places so that it wouldn’t feel overly convenient, that everybody’s landing their roundoff back handsprings on the same day,” she says.
Originally, the show’s fourth and final season was going to comprise of only 13 episodes, but when The CW ended up giving them 18, McKenna says that opened up the possibility of taking their time and...
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