Congratulations to creator, writer, producer and comedienne Rachel Bloom for her Golden Globes win Sunday night for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical, for her show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
The show’s November 16th episode, “My Thanksgiving With Josh” made television history in 2015 when the family of Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III) was introduced together with actors Amy Hill, Tess Paras, Alberto Issacs and Coryn Mabalot. It was the first time a Filipino American family was introduced to U.S. broadcast television.
Bloom said she’d learned a great deal about storytelling and the importance of diversity in television. She’s been surprised by the strong reaction from viewers to the show’s Filipino characters, which reflect the show’s setting of the Los Angeles suburb of West Covina. Bloom dropped a tidbit that Broadway star Lea Salonga will be a guest star in an upcoming episode.
“No one else had made the effort to show a Filipino family on American television,” Bloom said. “This has shown me how important diversity is if you want to tell a new story. Anything I do now, I’d want it to be diverse, because those stories haven’t been told before. We’re proud to be a show that supports diversity because that’s what America is. We’re just showing it how it is.”
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend returns with its mid-season premiere on Monday, January 25th at 8pm Eastern / 7pm Central on the CW.
~ Edwin Santos (1/13/16)