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Is Seth Rogen’s new CBS pilot just ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ but with a guy?

It's getting a whole lotta nope.


Audra Schroeder


Published Feb 8, 2018   Updated May 22, 2021, 1:38 am CDT

Seth Rogen is getting yet another show, this time a pilot on CBS. It’s called 25 and people have noticed some similarities to another series, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. The synopsis:

The hybrid comedy follows twenty-something Kyle who comes to Austin to finally convince his old best friend from camp they are perfect for each other. Unfortunately, she just got engaged. A lot of guys would give up, but Kyle is not one of those guys. To Kyle’s surprise, even though he came to town looking for “the one,” he might end up with much more than that.

This is essentially what happens to Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) at the beginning of the popular CW series, right down to the camp part, though Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has moved beyond that premise to offer an honest exploration of mental health.

It’s not clear if 25—which comes from Bad Teacher creator Hilary Winston and will be produced by Rogen and Evan Goldberg—will have that nuance, but the gender-flipped premise rubbed the internet the wrong way. There were also some questions about whether a show that features a man pursuing an ex who has clearly moved on is something we really need right now. An old Donald Glover bit about why women don’t have fun crazy ex-boyfriend stories was circulated in response.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend fans also made a grand reaction GIF showing in the comments of the AV Club tweet.

H/T AV Club

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*First Published: Feb 8, 2018, 10:40 am CST