File this under: No, this is not a belated April Fools' Day joke. On Monday, April 2, the CW announced that Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has been picked up for Season 4. Shortly after this fantastic news broke, series star and co-creator Rachel Bloom took things to a bittersweet place when she revealed via Twitter that Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season 4 will be the last season. “Just turned on my wifi on our flight to Chicago and found out that #CrazyExGirlfriend has been renewed for a final season," she wrote. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the CW declined to confirm whether or not Season 4 is the end of the road for the show.
Unlike Broadway World's April Fools' prank about Stephen Sondheim lending his talents to the CW series, the news regarding Crazy Ex-Girlfriend getting a fourth season is extremely real. Rebecca Bunch's story is not over, and thank the bacon-wrapped dates above. Man, to be a fly on the wall of that aircraft when the cast, who are all headed to Chicago for the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Live tour, found out Season 4 was a go.
About 30 minutes after she first reacted to the big news, Bloom added,
"The odds of selling a tv show pitch are small. The odds of getting a pilot shot are even smaller. The odds of getting that show ordered to series are even smaller. The odds of getting past season one are even smaller. Because of @TheCW, #CrazyExGirlfriend beat the odds."
And it’s true — Crazy Ex-Girlfriend did beat the odds and acquired a loyal fanbase along the way. Just think about how the series’ stage show, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Live, is currently touring the country and sold out in many locations super fast. It’s like a TV version of the Little Engine That Could, especially when you consider Bloom’s Golden Globes speech from 2016, where she recalled all the rejections the show faced along the way. While accepting the award for Best Actress In a TV Comedy, she said,
“We almost didn’t have a show. We made a pilot for another network and they rejected it, and we sent the pilot to every other network in Hollywood and we got six rejections in one day and we felt like crap, but we knew it was good, and Mark Pedowitz from The CW picked it out and he is the one who saved us, and he is the reason that there is a musical comedy on network television right now.”
Of course, it is a bummer that this fourth season will be the musical comedy's final hurrah. The first three seasons have been nothing short of remarkable, and the show's musical numbers, thoughtful and nuanced depiction of mental illness, the brilliant ensemble will be missed.
That being said, it sounds like everything is going according to plan; four seasons has always been Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's goal. When Vulture went behind the scenes during the making of the Season 3 finale, Bloom and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna said they’ve always visualized the show as a four-part endeavor. Bloom told Vulture,
“We’re going through four different cycles: denial; love; turned on him; rebuilding. It was always in those four stages.”
Fans may wish Crazy Ex-Girlfriend would last forever, but that never seemed to be the creators' goal. In a recent interview with Bustle, McKenna said she and Bloom are committed to the four-season arc. She explained,
"Rachel and I have always thought about it in four chapters, so for us that means four seasons. I guess there is a world where the fourth chapter could be two seasons, but I don't think so. We don't know, because we haven't gotten picked up but we've always thought about it in four chapters, whether those are seasons or not."
As Bloom found out while she was up in the air, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's fate is no longer up in the air. What a gift this show has been, and we're so lucky to get to spend one more season with it.