Showtime has opted not to proceed with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Rachel Bloom’s half-hour comedy pilot with musical elements directed by Marc Webb. The project, co-penned by comedian and Robot Chicken staff writer Bloom and The Devil Wears Prada scribe Aline Brosh McKenna, starred Bloom as a woman who gives up her partnership at a Manhattan law firm in an effort to find happiness in the Los Angeles suburb of West Covina. Santino Fontana, Michael McDonald, Donna Lynne Champlin and Vincent Rodriguez III co-starred in the pilot, from CBS TV Studios. The genre-bending Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was an experiment, and I hear it had strong moments and some standout songs, but it proved a risky proposition to pull off.
Meanwhile, I hear both other Showtime pilots — the hourlong Roadies, from Cameron Crowe, Winnie Holzman and J.J. Abrams; and Billions, from Andrew Ross Sorkin, Brian Koppelman and David Levien — are looking good. Roadies, which stars Luke Wilson and Christina Hendricks, originally was envisioned as a half-hour series after filming an hourlong pilot, but I hear it now will stay one-hour in series. The Wall Street-themed Billions stars Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti.
On the half-hour side, Showtime has new series Happy-ish set to debut April 26. The network released a trailer earlier today.