In a room comprised entirely of green screen, Rachel Bloom stands on a platform, her blue gown and long dark wig blowing in fan-created wind. She's performing a group number with...well, no one. A monitor for the crew reveals she's acting opposite herself, dressed as an Eminem-style rapper. Famed music video director (and No. 1 Taylor Swift supporter) Joseph Kahn watches the take and yells cut. Her hand movement is too similar to the Carrie Underwood-esque country artist she performed as the day before. Let's try it again.
This is day two on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's season three opening credits sequence and it's like nothing the show has done before.
Showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna tells E! News that each year has gotten bigger and bigger, moving from season one's animated sequence to an eight-hour day for season two to this 20-hour, two day behemoth being undertaken. In fact, the day we visit set was supposed to have been a hiatus day. Bloom, ever the champion of the show she co-created with McKenna, writes and stars in, has graciously arranged for on-set massages for the crew. Because in a season that's upping the show's ante, the theme song has to really stick the landing.