The series initially focused on the story of Rebecca Bunch (Bloom), a lawyer who moves from New York City to … Four years ago, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend sang and danced its way to West Covina and into our hearts. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Big Shakeup Explained: ... Greg (Santino Fontana ... but we did want to sort of leave the audience feeling resolved about that and happy for him," Brosh McKenna said. We were following that line and our idea within that was that her pursuit of Josh cost her a lot of things, and this is sort of one of them," Brosh McKenna told E! Where the heck was Greg and why, oh Lord, why was he steering clear of all of his friends? This is it. — was planned all along. Entertainment Television, LLC A Division of NBCUniversal. Greg has been gone, recovering from alcoholism, getting his life in order, and he’s a different person now. We Ranked All the New 2016 Fall TV Shows: What's No. Fans of The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend were crushed when co-star Santino Fontana (Greg) left the show last week, four episodes into Season 2. "As Paula ends up at this crossroads in her life—she's been here before because she got pregnant by accident once before. Again, as someone who's been affected greatly by Rebecca and Rebecca's presence in town, how is she going to respond to this sort of crossroads? . "Shows with love triangles on them, you can get, I think, stuck in that. Donald Trump Pardons Steve Bannon; 'Tiger King's Joe Exotic Not…, NBA Players Want Equity In Teams, Union Head Roberts Says, 'Pixar Popcorn' Trailer: Disney+ to Premiere Animated Shorts…, Outgoing President Trump Pardons Roc Nation CEO Desiree Perez…, Use Your Outdoor Space Year-Round with Patio Heaters, Copyright © 2021 TVLine Media, LLC. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is an American romantic musical comedy-drama television series that premiered on October 12, 2015 on The CW and ran for four seasons, ending on April 5, 2019. It just happens to not be an ending where he ends up in Rebecca's arms," she said. But star/co-creator Rachel Bloom (Rebecca) says Greg’s exit — or should we call it “Gregxit”? And in this case she's just asking Paula to pick up some work she doesn't feel like doing because she's busy trying to do an internet contest," Brosh McKenna said. Scott Michael Foster (Greek) is joining the cast when the show returns from winter break in January, playing a lawyer who upends Rebecca’s professional life. The series was created by Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna and stars Bloom in the lead role as Rebecca Bunch, a lawyer who moves from New York City to West Covina, California to … Greg decided to take her home and on thier way out they bumped into Rebecca's co-worker Paula Proctor. According to Bloom, in typical “Crazy Ex” fashion, Rebecca will recognize the change and comment on it openly. And TVLine will have much more on him in the new year… so stay tuned. Both twists have been in the cards for sometime, according to series co-creator and executive producer Aline Brosh McKenna. When Crazy Ex-Girlfriend first sang and danced its filthy, exuberant heart onto TV screens in 2015, the romantic future of Rebecca Bunch seemed clear: Obviously she was meant to be with Greg. The role of Greg Serrano is returning for the fourth and final season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, with Skylar Astin, of Pitch Perfect fame, taking-over the character first played by Santino Fontana. “The character would lose respect for himself. Anyone worried that losing Greg would leave Crazy Ex-Girlfriend without a much-needed voice of sarcastic reason should be reassured by how the Miss Douche subplot ultimately played out. "I think once having sent Greg to a better place we're going to want to feel like he's doing well. But in the back of your head, you’re always rooting for Ross and Rachel. The American Dreams alum “plays Josh’s new girlfriend, which causes big problems. "[Rebecca's] arrival in town had a lot of unintended consequences, many of which she thinks are negative, but she did in her way force him to bottom out in a way he may not have without her. Check out the hottest fashion, photos, movies and TV shows! "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" Cast Talks Season 2 Major Changes. This open recognition of the difference will allow the show to explore the way that a character’s perception of a person can change over time as they … “We always knew this is how it would go,” she tells TVLine. For most of the Season 2 premiere, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 's resident "other boyfriend," Greg, was absent. “And we wanted to completely demolish the love triangle. "Settle For Me" Performed by: Greg Serrano Writers: Rachel Bloom, Adam Schlesinger Greg asks Rebecca out on a date. The fourth and final season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend premiered on The CW on October 12, 2018 and ran for 18 episodes until April 5, 2019. “Greg is gone for good,” she said, clarifying that the character’s departure for business school in Georgia was in fact a one-way trip. Obviously he hasn't found every answer to his problems, he's an addict so every day for him is going to be a day where he tries again, but we did want to sort of leave the audience feeling resolved about that and happy for him," Brosh McKenna said. Greg Serrano - Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is sadly coming to an end this year after its fourth and final season airs on the The CW.. "You can get stuck on a show with a triangle where you ping pong between two people…[Greg's exit] allows us to move her out of it and focus on new relationships…For us it's been a great opportunity for new stories, as much as we love Greg. FAQ In light of recent events and the resurrection of rumor-stirring discussions I thought it made sense to put together a FAQ to answer the common questions which will also hopefully be useful for anyone new who comes along and discover CEG with questions about Greg's departure. But even Greg realized that his relationship with Rebecca was, as he sang last week, a total s—tshow. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend airs Fridays, 9 p.m. on The CW. And Greg was one of the primary people trying to escape the town. Bloom hints that “we get to spend the next few episodes just focusing on the dynamics between the women, and Rebecca finding out who she is without men. Regardez! As for the other twist, Paula's decision to get an abortion, Brosh McKenna said that was always going to be the outcome of the pregnancy story, particularly because of Rebecca's impact on Paula. ", It may not seem like a happy ending for Greg/Rebecca shippers, but it is one for Greg. Spoilers ahead for the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend series finale. Your source for entertainment news, celebrities, celeb news, and celebrity gossip. So what does that mean for the show going forward? At first she's just going to make the same decision she's done before, but this time—it's partly because a lot of Rebecca's influence on people is inadvertent. The 'Why did Santino leave Crazy Ex-GF?' “In real life, at some point, if you don’t learn that this is not a good idea, you become not a smart person,” she says. Are you ready for a new man in Rebecca’s life? Co-stars include Vincent Rodriguez III, Donna Lynne … But not only that, Rebecca is too. In the fourth episode of season two, Greg (Santino Fontana) left West Covina to finally attend Emory. “And he ultimately can’t flourish as a person right now, as long as they are both in the same town. '”, For the first season-plus of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Fridays, 9/8c), Greg had competed with his pal Josh Chan for Rebecca’s affections. In the episode titled "When Will Josh and His Friend Leave Me Alone?" West Covina, where the show takes place, is a sort of purgatory for a lot of people, Brosh McKenna said and writers always thought it was funny that "Rebecca [Rachel Bloom] chooses to go somewhere that a lot of people are trying to get out of." "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Theme" Performed by: Rebecca Bunch and Company Writers: Opening of Season One. Greg finally told Rebecca that he loves her. “They become kind of fixated on it.”. (Although he could be, if he wanted to.) . That’s funny, you are Greg, you’re funny. Fontana had been aware of the plans for Greg for sometime. (RIP, #TeamGreg.) © 2021 E! As for whether or not Fontana could return as Greg, Brosh McKenna isn't ruling it out completely, however "that's not our intention and it's not where the story goes.". Greg Serrano was recast in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend season 4 because the creators wanted to tell a different story. Some fans might be put off by the final episode of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," but showrunner and co-creator Aline Brosh-McKenna explains why they did it. And that's not all, at the end of the episode Paula (Donna Lynne Champlin) decided to have an abortion and continue to explore her lawyer career. When Greg returns in the final season’s winter finale, everyone thinks he looks just like always, except … It's sort of like that clip from…Austin Powers where he's trying to turn around the cart in the hallway," Brosh McKenna told us. It's finally here. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has played with perspective often throughout its four seasons. (RIP, #TeamGreg.) All rights reserved. reserved.PMC Entertainment. "Ironically, Paula, in doing that case, is sort of confirmation for herself that that's where she belongs.". "). All rights Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was not meant to be a love triangle show. Bartender Greg was the on-again, off-again beau of Rebecca (Bloom) during the show's first season. “This person has been repeatedly taken advantage of by Rebecca,” Bloom says. The good news is that the new Greg won’t just drop into the season without explanation. Greg Serrano (Santino Fontana) had to say goodbye to Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) to pursue his dreams in the previous episode of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" season 2. Plus, fans should know there’s another man about to enter Rebecca’s life. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has never been a show that pulls punches when it comes to flipping things on its head, and it did just that in "When Will Josh and His Friend Leave Me Alone?" Well, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” rejects this whole premise: She picks no man. She had an emotional breakdown when Greg received a text message from Josh revealing he had a girlfriend. It didn’t make sense, since he’s such a smart guy, that he wouldn’t be learning from his lessons.”, So Greg is gone, and Josh is still keeping his distance from Rebecca. "[Greg's departure was] something we were always talking about doing because the love triangle was not really the intention of the piece…It's about her search for happiness. Brosh McKenna said they worked with the actor on timing and what he wanted to do before he left. It tests the Bechdel between Rebecca and Valencia,” she adds with a laugh. This week, in fact, “Brittany Snow will be coming on,” Bloom teases. In the series premiere, Rebecca felt that the universe pointed her toward Josh, and that Josh pointed her toward California. They did, however, let the Broadway star know that they would be recasting the character of Greg, who, as Bloom noted, has become a bit like "lore" in the Crazy Ex fandom and universe. News in a phone interview. "Even though it's not what he would've asked for, it ends up being kind of traversely the thing that allows him to kind of transition out of purgatory into a better place.". On Friday night, Greg Serrano finally returns to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend—but he’s a little . ... the first film but decided not to appear in the sequels after her mom was diagnosed with cancer, and took an extended leave from acting. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend treats Greg’s change in appearance as a commentary on the way that our perceptions of people often change. Created by Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend blended elements of romantic comedies with musical dramas. And you see the other women grow by leaps and bounds.” McKenna says Rebecca’s friendship with Paula takes center stage: “I would say Rebecca and Paula’s love story becomes the preeminent love story in that section.”, But all that girl power doesn’t mean Rebecca has given up on Josh. "In the show, I totally understand fans loving him and wanting him to have a happy ending, and in our minds this is a happy ending for Greg. By that, we mean he’s being played by an entirely new actor: Skylar Astin. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has never been shy about acknowledging the fact that it’s a TV show. Fans of The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend were crushed when co-star Santino Fontana (Greg) left the show last week, four episodes into Season 2. different. 1. Somewhat ironically, him bottoming out, realizing all the issues he has had in his life allow him to get help, get into recovery and once he does that sort of all the artificial things that have been holding him back are not there anymore and he does get to move forward," Brosh McKenna told us. Dave Nemetz / November 18 2016, 9:00 AM PST. Netflix's Lupin Poised to Reach a Bigger Crowd Than Bridgerton, Riverdale's KJ Apa Talks Archie's Prom Night (and Drops Big Time-Jump Hints), The Haves and the Have Nots' Series Finale, Virgin River's Lauren Hammersley Knows 'Everyone' Hates Charmaine…, Batwoman Boss, Javicia Leslie Weigh In on Kate's Vanishing Act and…. We wanted to do something else, to say, ‘No, this just ends. Hit the comments, Crazy fans, and let us know where you stand. when it surprised viewers with not one, but two major twists. Because she will continue to try to seduce him.”, Showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna adds that letting the Rebecca-Josh-Greg love triangle drag on any longer wouldn’t fit with what we know about Greg’s character. By The season stars Rachel Bloom as Rebecca Bunch, a distraught young woman, dealing with the consequences of pleading guilty to attempted murder at the end of the previous season. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator on how Santino Fontana's exit changed Greg's journey this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend recap: Rebecca bonds with Hebbie, and with Greg By Dana Schwartz S4 E9 Recap Other shows have love triangles where the other person leaves. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend alum Santino Fontana isn’t angry at the guy replacing him as Greg. Greg's gone, Fontana has left the show. A little Bechdel [Test] going on. Will you miss Greg? If you like TVLine, you'll LOVE our weekly newsletter. By episode’s end, an apparent adversary had become a friend and a confidante, stepping into her world and way of thinking … The two walked off to have a private conversation leaving a confused Greg behind ("Josh Just Happens to Live Here!