'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' casts 'Pitch Perfect' star Skylar Astin for final fourth season
Showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna said Skylar Astin's character was spawned from an idea by her and Rachel Bloom as to how Greg and Rebecca’s romance would end.
'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' has cast 'Pitch Perfect' star Skylar Astin for The CW romantic musical comedy's fourth and final season, it was announced on Monday (Aug 6) at the Television Critics Association press tour. Astin, who showcased his pipes as Jesse in the first two 'Pitch Perfect' films and last starred in Epix's 'Graves', will play a new love interest for show-creator Rachel Bloom's character Rebecca Bunch. No further character details for Astin's character were revealed. During the show’s panel, showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna said the character was spawned from an idea by her and Bloom as to how Greg and Rebecca’s romance would end. She says they explored the idea of bringing back the character of Greg, but reimagined by a different actor, who we now know is Astin.
As Deadline notes, 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' was always planned for a total of four seasons, as was revealed at Comic Con last July, where Bloom and McKenna talked about the “self-imposed” final season. “The very end, the last scene has always been the same,” McKenna said during the con-fab. “Generally, directionally we knew what every chapter of the four was going to be." Bloom added: “That’s why it’s four very specific seasons because each season has a different angle of looking at the title of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”
Bloom also echoed the same during an interview with ET last August, confirming that the show would come to an end after the fourth season, which will comprise 18 episodes. "We've always imagined the series as four chapters. It's a finite story and so that deadline is coming to a close," she said.
Bloom also shared that the final “season is all about putting together the pieces. It’s about taking some of the lessons she’s learned and putting them into practice… the show is about inner happiness and how you can externalize it in your actions.”
Season 4 of 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' premieres October 12 on CW.