The best TV of 2018 so far

Disappointing season of your favorite prestige drama got you down? Let down by the big sitcom revival that promised to open up a dialogue, but just wound up taking potshots at easy (and vulnerable) targets while setting up a runway for Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing over at Old Man Murdoch’s place? A thousand Netflix…

Next season will be the last for iZombie, Jane The Virgin, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The CW confirms

In advance of its upfront presentation—which is taking place in New York City as we speak—earlier today The CW confirmed what fans of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane The Virgin have been anticipating for a while: That the shows will end with their upcoming fourth and fifth seasons, respectively, as Deadline reports. …

The CW renews all your favorites, like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Jane The Virgin, and Riverdale

The CW is a network that gives fans exactly what they want, which is why The Flash and Supergirl had a musical crossover and why Riverdale is actually somehow really good, so in that spirit it has now decided to renew pretty much every one of its shows with a dedicated following—even if those shows don’t have a huge…

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is breaking new musical ground, one wise reprise at a time

Stephen Sondheim is a genius. Any conversation about the greatest works of musical theater would have to include one or more pieces of his extraordinary work, several of which are as rich and intricate as anything created for American stages and screens. Start peeling back the layers on Sweeney Todd, for example, and…

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend isn’t stalking you, it’s just on tour

The third season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend draws to a close this week, as Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) decides “Nathaniel Is Irrelevant.” But the season finale doesn’t mean an end to the singalongs for the year—according to Entertainment Weekly, Bloom and the rest of the core cast are taking their poignant, biting comedy act…

Rebecca goes off the rails in a fun but frustrating Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

“Oh Nathaniel, It’s On!” has a Rebecca Bunch problem. To be honest, I’m surprised it hasn’t cropped up before — and it’s of course possible that it has, and that this humble writer just missed it. Rebecca’s actions, outsize and irrational as they are, aren’t the issue with the plotting of a consistently entertaining…

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend hits its 100th song, and it's hundo-p great

Suspense is a powerful tool. It’s great when it’s used in a heightened, blood-pumping way, as in a great car chase or a complicated heist. It’s sometimes even better when instead of being jolted through a thrill ride, you’re simply left waiting for the other shoe to drop, like watching a wreck in slow motion. And yet…

Let’s start again: 12 resolutions for pop culture in 2018

It’s a New Year, and with it comes the opportunity for a fresh start—to take a hard and unflinching look at the areas in our lives that could stand to be improved, then to immediately give up on that and start thinking about how pop culture can better distract us from our problems. In what has become an annual…