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Creative Arts Emmys 2019 (Saturday): 8 exclusive press room interviews with RuPaul, James Corden, ‘Leaving Neverland’ director … [Watch]

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Creative Arts Emmys 2019 (Saturday): 8 exclusive press room interviews with RuPaul, James Corden, ‘Leaving Neverland’ director … [Watch]
For the first night of Creative Arts Emmy Awards coverage on Saturday, September 14, Gold Derby was backstage in the press room as the winners answered journalists’ tough questions. The ceremony took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, where 48 awards were handed out over two and a half hours. Among the big-name winners who visited the press room for in-depth Q&As were RuPaul Charles (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”), James Corden (“Carpool Karaoke”) and Dan Reed (“Leaving Neverland”). Watch the exclusive interviews by clicking on each of their names below.

SEE2019 Creative Arts Emmys live blog: ‘Free Solo’ dominates with 7 wins, while ‘Queer Eye,’ James Corden, Rachel Bloom also win big

RuPaul Charles (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”) — Best Host for a Reality or Competition Program (also watch above)

James Corden (“Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool”) — Best Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)

Dan Reed (“Leaving Neverland”) — Best Documentary
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One Emmy, Three Months Pregnant: Rachel Bloom Wins & Makes Announcement at Creative Arts Ceremony

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One Emmy, Three Months Pregnant: Rachel Bloom Wins & Makes Announcement at Creative Arts Ceremony
Rachel Bloom was a good sport on the red carpet before the Creative Arts Emmys, taking off her shoes to get comfortable and chatting up reporters even though she was minutes from dashing to perform the opening number for the show. Her positive attitude was rewarded with an Emmy for outstanding music and lyrics for her CW series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, shared with Jack Dolgen and Adam Schlesinger. It was Golden Globe winner Bloom’s maiden Emmy; it came for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s final season.

“This is my first Emmy, I’m so happy, it’s really cool,” Rachel gushed backstage. “I’m so happy to be winning with these guys (Schlesinger and Dolgen), with my brothers.”

Backstage, she also dropped in a surprise Emmy announcement, which could explain her going barefoot on the red carpet: “I’m pregnant, so that’s what’s next for me. Three months pregnant.”

On
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Rachel Bloom Announces Pregnancy After Emmy Win

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Rachel Bloom Announces Pregnancy After Emmy Win
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” star Rachel Bloom made a special announcement after winning her Emmy for best original music and lyrics — she is pregnant.

Bloom announced the news backstage on Saturday at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards. She joked she had planned to reveal the news on Instagram but that doing it at the Emmys was even better.

Bloom won the Emmy along with Adam Schlesinger and Jack Dolgen for the song “Antidepressants Are So Not A Big Deal.” They beat out other nominees from shows such as “Documentary Now” and “Saturday Night Live.”

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” ended its run on The CW back in April after four seasons. According to Bloom, she and her team wrote over 150 original songs throughout the show’s run.

Bloom has been nominated for six Emmys throughout her career, all but one of which was for her work on “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”

She discussed the series finale in
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Emmy goes nuts over Rachel Bloom’s ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ ditty for Best Music and Lyrics

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While CW’s tuneful sitcom “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” is no more after four seasons, it earned a parting gift by claiming a Creative Arts Emmy for the song “Antidepressants Are So Not a Big Deal,” written by star Rachel Bloom and fellow nominees Adam Schlesinger and Jack Dolgen. Schlesinger has been nominated for an Oscar for “That Thing You Do” from the Tom Hanks-directed film and he received a 2012 Emmy for Best Music And Lyrics for the song “It’s Not Just For Gays Anymore,” the opening number of the 65th Tony Awards and a 2013 Emmy Award for Best Music And Lyrics for the song “If I Had Time,” the closing number of the 66th Tony telecast.

See 2019 Creative Arts Emmy winners (Saturday): Full list of nominees and winners in 48 categories

Alas, that win denied Flight of the Conchords member Bret McKenzie one more step towards an Egot for
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Creative Arts Emmys: ‘Free Solo,’ ‘Queer Eye’ Among Big Winners on Night 1 (Full List)

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Creative Arts Emmys: ‘Free Solo,’ ‘Queer Eye’ Among Big Winners on Night 1 (Full List)
“Free Solo,” “Queer Eye,” “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and “Saturday Night Live” were among the big winners Saturday after the first night of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

Free Solo,” the National Geographic feature documentary that already claimed the Oscar earlier this year, lead the field on the night largely devoted to unscripted programming with seven big wins. On Sunday, the remaining Creative Arts Emmys will be handed out for shows largely in the scripted genre.

RuPaul earned his fourth consecutive trophy as reality host for his work out front on VH1’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Netflix’s “Queer Eye” nabbed four wins, including its second consecutive trophy for structured reality program. “The Simpsons” added more hardware to its trophy case with the win for animated program. And the late Anthony Bourdain earned two more Emmys for his CNN series “Parts Unknown,
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Creative Arts Emmy Emmys, Day 1: Complete List of Winners

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Creative Arts Emmy Emmys, Day 1: Complete List of Winners
James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool” beat Bruce Springsteen and Beyonce to win the Emmy for pre-recorded variety special at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys, which were handed out on Saturday night in downtown Los Angeles.

“Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons'” won the award for live variety special, making the 97-year-old Lear the oldest winner in Emmy history.

In a ceremony devoted largely to nonfiction and reality television, the big winner was “Free Solo,” the NatGeo rock-climbing documentary that won an Oscar in February but also qualified for the Emmys. The film by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin won seven awards, taking home Emmys for its directing, cinematography, sound mixing, sound editing, picture editing, musical score and creative achievement in interactive media.

Queer Eye” won the Emmy for Outstanding Structured Reality program,
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Flight of the Egot: Bret McKenzie could get one step closer to the grand slam if he wins songwriting Emmy this weekend

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Flight of the Egot: Bret McKenzie could get one step closer to the grand slam if he wins songwriting Emmy this weekend
The comedy music duo Flight of the Conchords — New Zealanders Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie — have been gradually racking up kudos for more than a decade, but Egot is around the corner for one of them. They won a Grammy together for Best Comedy Album, and then McKenzie won an Oscar for his original song “Man or Muppet” from the 2011 “The Muppets” movie. Now they’re up for an Emmy at this weekend’s Creative Arts Awards, so if they’re finally awarded by the television academy, McKenzie will be three-quarters of the way to the showbiz grand slam.

The Conchords are nominated for Best Music and Lyrics for writing the song “Father and Son” from their HBO special “Live in London.” But this isn’t the first time they’re trying to win the favor of the television academy — far from it. Their series “Flight of the Conchords” ran
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'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend': Rachel Bloom Talks Mental Health and Writing a New Theme Song Every Season

is singing her song. The CW's musical comedy series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend ends with the central character, Rebecca Bunch, portrayed by series creator Rachel Bloom, telling her loved ones, "This is a song I wrote," and readying herself to play the piano. Over the series' run, Bloom, Adam Schlesinger and Jack Dolgen penned 157 songs, all acting as a "prequel" to that one moment, Bloom says.

One thread connecting song to song was Rebecca's mental health struggles, from finding relief at receiving "A Diagnosis" of borderline personality disorder in season three to discovering that "Antidepressants ...

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Best Main Title Theme Music: Will Emmy go to ‘Succession,’ ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,’ ‘Good Omens,’ ‘Castle Rock’ or ‘Our Planet’?

Best Main Title Theme Music: Will Emmy go to ‘Succession,’ ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,’ ‘Good Omens,’ ‘Castle Rock’ or ‘Our Planet’?
The 2019 Emmy nominees for Best Main Title Theme Music have something for everybody. Shows to earn nominations for their opening scores include: “Castle Rock” (Hulu), “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (The CW), “Good Omens” (Amazon), “Our Planet” (Netflix) and “Succession” (HBO). Of the five nominees, only “Our Planet” and “Succession” have corresponding series bids in their respective genres.

Among this year’s bunch of exemplary themes are a moody slow burn, an ode to shlocky ’90s sitcoms, a jaunty waltz with an edge, an epic, celestial orchestra piece and a chilling piano number with a powerful hip-hop pulse. So what will Emmy voters decide is the best new theme song of the 2018-19 TV season? Let’s dive into all five themes and be sure to make your predictions.

See 2019 Emmy nominations complete list: All the nominees for the 71st Emmy Awards

Castle Rock” — Theme by Thomas Newman

Newman appropriately took the menacing
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Beyoncé, Sara Bareilles Vie for First Emmys as Ramin Djawadi Looks to Reclaim Throne

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Beyoncé, Sara Bareilles Vie for First Emmys as Ramin Djawadi Looks to Reclaim Throne
Beyoncé and Sara Bareilles could add Emmy trophies to their awards shelves this year, having been nominated in key music categories Tuesday by the Television Academy.

Beyoncé’s “Homecoming” special on Netflix was nominated in six categories, and four of those include a nod for the pop superstar herself. Only one of those is in a music category; she’s nominated for music direction of a variety special alongside co-music director Derek Dixie (a first-time nominee). Her other nods are as a producer, co-director and writer of the special.

Bareilles, nominated last year for her performance as Mary Magdalene in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” was cited this year as co-songwriter of a new song on CBS’s Tony Awards, “This One’s for You.” Her co-host on that show, Josh Groban, shares the nomination and is up for his first Emmy.

They were the most high-profile performers cited by Emmy voters in the seven music categories.
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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Redefined Songs in Musical Comedy With One Showstopping Number

‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Redefined Songs in Musical Comedy With One Showstopping Number
After four seasons, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” closed the songbook on a unique musical comedy the likes of which has never been seen on television before. It’s not just that the show delivered two original songs with accompanying music videos a week — a feat unto itself — or that those songs brought the protagonist’s Id to raunchy, rhyming, and occasionally heartbreaking, Technicolor life. But in its final episode, The CW show moves the role of song from gimmicky storytelling device to an essential part of the narrative. The fantasy transforms into exciting, enlightening reality.

On the show, triple threat Rachel Bloom plays massively unhappy but successful lawyer Rebecca Bunch, who desperately wants to find love. After four seasons of dating various men, receiving a mental health diagnosis, quitting law to sell pretzels, and then establishing a healthier state of mind, she’s ready for love, if only she can decide which
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The ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Swan Song Was Pitch-Perfect

The ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Swan Song Was Pitch-Perfect
(This post contains full spoilers for the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend series finale, and for the show as a whole.)

“Romantic love is not an ending, not for me and not for anyone else here. It’s just a part of your story.”

These are the words Rebecca Bunch tells her open-mic night audience near the end of the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend finale, “I’m In Love!” And they clearly make up the thesis statement that Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna were offering their TV audience at the conclusion of this four-season story.
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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Creators Talk Turning Series Into A Stage Musical And Plan For Future Reboot – PaleyFest

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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Creators Talk Turning Series Into A Stage Musical And Plan For Future Reboot – PaleyFest
It’s the last season before the cast of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend takes its final bow. The cast and creators of the musical comedy took the stage at PaleyFest to reflect on everything from the spark that lit the fire for the show to saying goodbye to the popular CW series — and talked about a possible musical stage show based on the series.

Moderated by Stacey Wilson Hunt, co-creator and star Rachel Bloom was joined by co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna as well as actors Scott Michael Foster, Donna Lynne Champlin, Pete Gardner, Vella Lovell, Gabrielle Ruiz, and songwriter Jack Dolgen and choreographer Kathryn Burns. Unfortunately, cast members Vincent Rodriguez III and Skylar Astin weren’t able to join in on the fun.

Amidst the reminiscing of their favorite episodes, songs, and moments the cast shared, the topic of the series going beyond the confines of TV came up. Bloom and the
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CW to Air ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Concert Special Following Series Finale in April

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CW to Air ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Concert Special Following Series Finale in April
Fans of the music of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” are in luck. The CW will offer a final opportunity to see the cast perform the original songs from the show following its series finale in April.

Set to air on Friday, April 5 immediately after the finale, the special, titled “Yes, It’s Really Us Singing: The ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Concert Special!” will feature Rachel Bloom and the rest of the cast performing live versions of fan-favorite songs along with staging, multimedia visuals and a live band and orchestra.

“The songwriters of ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,’ Rachel Bloom, Jack Dolgen and Adam Schlesinger, have written more than 150 outstanding songs in our four seasons. It is an unprecedented contribution to the American songbook. I’m so thrilled we can share those songs with the world in a spontaneous format that really showcases their humor and genius,” co-creator and showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna said in a statement.

Also
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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Finale To Be Capped With A Concert Showcasing Its Songbook

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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Finale To Be Capped With A Concert Showcasing Its Songbook
The series finale of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend will have a special concert event immediately following the last show: Yes, It’s Really Us Singing: The ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Concert Special!

The music starts on Friday, April 5 at 9 Pm Et/Pt immediately following the 8 Pm airing of the finale. Rachel Bloom and the cast of the series will perform live versions of fan-favorite songs, complete with staging, multimedia visuals, and a live band and orchestra.

“The songwriters of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Rachel Bloom, Jack Dolgen, and Adam Schlesinger, have written more than 150 outstanding songs in our four seasons,” said showrunner and co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna. “It is an unprecedented contribution to the American songbook. I’m so thrilled we can share those songs with the world in a spontaneous format that really showcases their humor and genius.”

The concert special comes at the end of the fourth and final season, celebrating more than150 original
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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend to Air Concert Special Following Series Finale

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend to Air Concert Special Following Series Finale
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is following up its final episode with a very special encore.

The CW’s musical rom-com will air a special concert event directly following its upcoming series finale, TVLine has learned. Both episodes will air on Friday, April 5, with the finale airing at 8/7c, and the concert special airing at 9/8c. (For those keeping track, the series finale will technically be Season 4’s 17th episode, with the concert special counting as the 18th and final episode.)

Titled “Yes, It’s Really Us Singing: The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Concert Special,” the concert will feature Rachel Bloom and the rest of
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This Is How Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Is Ending

The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is going out with a big finish. The series finale of the critically acclaimed series from Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna will air on Friday, April 5 with a musical special titled "Yes, It's Really Us Singing: The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Concert Special!" airing right after the final scripted episode. All this kicks off at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 5. "The songwriters of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Rachel Bloom, Jack Dolgen and Adam Schlesinger, have written more than 150 outstanding songs in our four seasons. It is an unprecedented contribution to the American songbook. I'm so thrilled we can share those songs with the world in a spontaneous format that really showcases...
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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season 4 Episode 6 Review: I See You

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Unlikely friendships come from unexpected trips.

Pairing off the most unlikely people for various adventures was the perfect way for many of them to confront something they haven't realized about themselves.

During Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season 4 Episode 6, three different road trips bring the most unlikely pairings together. Darryl and Rebecca head out to a food place they both wanted to try, attempting to avoid stepping into the wrong topic of conversation along the way.

Heather ends up giving Nathaniel a ride when his car breaks down, and she ends up finding out more about him. Meanwhile, Paula needs to pick up a desk and ends up going with her least favorite person, Josh.

"I See You," written by Jack Dolgen was an inventive way to change things up. Letting characters grow sometimes means putting them in situations with other people that they might not usually spend time with. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend accomplished that,
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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Season 4: Farewell to The Hateable Character We Totally Love

Since it began, the CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has been full of surprises. Somehow, the musical romantic comedy has been able to churn out — via co-creator and star Rachel Bloom and fellow songwriters Adam Schlesinger and Jack Dolgen — two to three clever and catchy song parodies per episode. And somehow, Bloom, co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna and the rest of the creative team have been able to effortlessly dance between ridiculous, explicit, proudly lowbrow comedy (no current show enjoys poop jokes more) and thoughtful and heavy drama about mental illness.

But
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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Team Breaks Down Pivotal Premiere Music Video

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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Team Breaks Down Pivotal Premiere Music Video
The third season premiere of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” opened with a song entitled “Where’s Rebecca Bunch?” to address the second season’s cliffhanger: how and when Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) would react to being stood up on her wedding day. “It was way more plot-driven than we normally do,” executive producer Aline Brosh McKenna says of the vibrant musical number. “We had to explain a lot about the world and reset the world because it was right at the beginning of the episode. She didn’t really have the nerve to go full-[on] revenge mode, and the song tells you she’s disappeared, everyone’s looking for her, and she’s holed up in a hotel, depressed, gathering the resolve she needs.” And it was all done as a period piece.

Melina Root

Costume designer

“It was supposed to look like the opening of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ — 18th century and
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