The CW has given both Crazy Ex Girlfriend and iZombie orders for additional episodes. The move comes just a month after the network asked both series for additional scripts and in the wake of their solid critical response but softer linear ratings.

Freshman Crazy Ex Girlfriend, an hourlong musical-comedy, will get 5 additional episodes for a total of 18 this season. And the second season of genre drama iZombie is adding 6 for a grand total of 19 episodes.

For Crazy Ex Girlfriend, the moves shows the network’s commitment to diversifying its portfolio. Paired with fellow comedic hourlong Jane the Virgin on Monday nights, the block is something of an outlier for the comic book and vampire-heavy broadcast network. Crazy Ex Girlfriend’s ratings have been exceptionally modest, averaging just a 0.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 1.04 million viewers with live-plus-seven day ratings, but it was one of the lone new fall series to garner overwhelmingly positive reviews.

iZombie, from Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas, has been doing considerably better in the ratings — thanks, in large part, to a lead-in from flagship The Flash. The sophomore run has been pulling an average 0.9 rating in the key demo and a total audience of 2.06 million in live-plus-seven.

Crazy Ex Girlfriend comes from CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television, while iZombie is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Spondoolie Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

These additional orders mean there won’t be much room on the lineup come midseason. And the CW still has two new series, Containment and Legends of Tomorrow, set to roll out before the end of 2015-16.


Poor Major is spiralling on iZOMBIE. Recently cured from his own zombie-ism, he’s working as a contract killer for Max Rager, thanks to some blackmail on the company’s part. And he recently slept with Gilda, who works with Max Rager CEO Vaughn Du Clark.

“He’s a trainwreck, he’s a garbage fire,” Robert Buckley told reporters during a recent visit to the iZOMBIE set in Vancouver. “I don’t know when Major’s birthday is, but I hope it’s soon and I hope someone sends him a coupon for a free ice cream. I hope we see that scene — just a boy and his dog (that he stole from a guy he killed) and his ice cream.”

Buckley also thinks that his recent indiscretion with Gilda was indicative of the bad place that Major is in right now and if it happens again, it’s more about Major’s problems than about him genuinely wanting a relationship with her. Speaking of relationships, Buckley understands the strained place that Liv and Major’s relationship is in right now. He does, however, hint that “In episode 4 [airing October 27] there’s a great scene between [Major and Liv]. I won’t say the nature of it, but I loved it. Shooting it was very interesting. It’s the closing scene in episode 4 so you’ll know when you see it. It really spoke to the truth of their relationship.”

Meanwhile, with more and more people that Major kills, is he in danger of getting on the police’s radar? Well, as Buckley points out, Major already has legal troubles. “Clive has not let the Meat Cute thing go. I like that they’re still teasing that and they’re not letting that fire go out. Clive is very suspicious. So there’s already legal pressure. But Major is not a criminal. He’s not a career criminal. He had a one off night when he went berserker — more or less worked out in his favor. And so what he’s doing now, it wasn’t planned. People don’t get away with murders when they plan them. This is like something that fell into his lap. So I like that you’re watching someone who doesn’t really have all of his bases covered. So it adds that element of ‘what’s gonna happen the first time a kidnapping goes wrong?’.”

Watch the full interview with Buckley below and tune in to new episodes of iZOMBIE on Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.


Reminisce with Robert Buckley about iZombie before the October 6 premiere.

“iZombie” fans will see a much different Major (Robert Buckley) when the CW zombie drama returns for season 2 this coming October.

In a new interview with Hollywood Life, series executive producer Diane Ruggiero-Wright teased that the show’s sophomore run will introduce a different version of Major, noting that there’s a lot of things about the hunky social worker that have changed since the events in the season 1 finale.

“He’s going to get even more different. There’s a lot of changes for him,” Ruggiero-Wright said. “The Major storyline is one that I’m most proud of and that [fellow executive producer] Rob [Thomas], I think to his credit, was talking about from the very beginning.”

Though Ruggiero-Wright didn’t reveal what those changes are, she did gush about the 34-year-old actor’s versatility. “Buckley had played a lot of the pretty roles,” she said, “[yet] people didn’t know he was a good actor, [and] that he had this other side to him: he’s funny as hell and he can have an edge to him. He has range, and people look at him and they see eyebrows and abs, and they don’t realize that.”

“When you have someone who is so compelling, you can push the envelope with him into territories where people are like, ‘Do I like him? I think I like him,'” she added. “There are definitely a lot of interesting things coming with him.”

In the season 1 finale, Major finally found out that his ex-fiancée, Liv, (Rose McIver) is a zombie, and when season 2 premieres, Thomas revealed (via TVLine) at last month’s San Diego Comic-Con that “Major is still not quite over the fact that Liv did not let him in on her zombie secret.”

Ruggiero-Wright echoed Thomas’ statement during her interview with Hollywood Life, saying, “In the beginning [of season 2], he’s pissed [with Liv].

“His life was completely upended in so many ways,” she explained of why Major is still upset. “He has all this stuff on himself that he feels she could have alleviated him of, and that’s not an easy thing to get over. He still has a legitimate gripe, and it’s going to take a little bit for him to get past it, rightfully, so we’re going to be honest about it.”

“iZombie” season 2 premieres on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m. on The CW.