The opening credits of the third season of The CW’s CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND will be directed by music video veteran Joseph Kahn—who is also helming the fourth episode of the season, creators Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna announced at the show’s 2017 Television Critics Association summer press tour panel.
“He also directed the ‘Thong Song’ music video,” star David Hull excitedly pointed out.
The new theme song is “the most talked-about songwriting process” the team has ever had, Bloom revealed, although they streamlined their songwriting process so that they were able to write a good chunk of songs for the season before the episodes even started.
“We did a songwriting boot camp before the writers room,” Brosh McKenna said.
The writers have strived to write as many different songs as possible without repeating genres, and although they’re 80-plus songs deep in the show, there still hasn’t been a repeat.
“There’s so many sub-genres,” Brosh McKenna explained, adding, “there’s tons of genres we haven’t done.”
Said Bloom, “we all have areas of expertise and things we love writing.”
Star Gabrielle Ruiz said that the way the storylines are converging this season actually allowed for an expansion of genres.
“There’s a lot more ensemble-based songs because the storylines are starting to intertwine. We’re able to harmonize and back each other up,” she said.
If the show continues according to plan, they might not have to repeat at all. Bloom and Brosh McKenna said they’re sticking to their four-season idea.
“We never worry about whether we have another season. We just do them the way we planned it,” she said—and that plan includes four parts, whether they’re told as a part per season or not. “We do have four distinct chapters worked out.”
Said Bloom, “we are telling a finite story about a point in one woman’s life.”
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend returns Friday, Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. on The CW.