CW’s new show ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ has a little of everything

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CHICAGO -- The CW is hoping lots of laughs and a few catchy tunes are just "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" need to catch on.

It comes from the mind of comedian Rachel Bloom. It’s a little bit of everything with  comedy, drama, theater and, of course, music thrown into the mix.

Bloom plays an unhappy 20-something New Yorker who decides the boy who broke up with her in high school is the missing piece that will finally make her happy.  So when she bumps into him on the street, she decides to follow him across the country to California.

Bloom writes all the songs for each episode with her frequent collaborators, including Fountains of Wayne frontman Adam Schlesinger, who also penned the songs for Tom Hanks classic, “That Thing You Do.”

Bloom been creating a following for years with her YouTube channel, and she gave us an insight into how writing for television has helped her refine the creative process.

"Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" took a somewhat unconventional path to the small screen.  It was originally developed as a comedy for the cable network Showtime. But it beat the odds and wowed CW executives enough to become the network’s only new fall show.

"Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" premieres Monday at 7 p.m. on CW.