'Jane the Virgin': The CW's Hilarious New Comedy with a Miraculous Twist
By Leanne Aguilera
In a network that is jam-packed with vampires, witches, dark creatures, and brave superheroes, this fall The CW is gifting fans with an outrageous new twist: An endearing and funny new series with absolutely no supernatural elements. Gasp!
Jane the Virgin, which will join the CW's Monday night line-up on Oct. 13, is an adaptation of a hit Venezuelan telenovela starring Gina Rodriguez as Jane, a virgin who is accidentally artificially inseminated duing a routine gyno appointment. It's pretty much every twenty-something girl's wildest nightmare that we never realized could happen.
However, don’t let this wacky (and admittedly terrifying!) premise stop you from tuning in and missing out on all the small screen fun. At its heart, Jane the Virgin is a ridiculously charming show brought to you by co-creators Ben Silverman (Ugly Betty) and Jennie Snyder Urman (Emily Owens M.D.).
"We knew it had edge to it,” Silverman remarked on the series' title to a room full of reporters at the TCA press conference Friday morning. “But the moment you see the show, you see it’s all about thoughtfulness and morality. It really is a show that, once you watch it, you recognize it’s very deep and broad appeals to all different people going through things in their own life.”
Star Gina Rodriguez, who is wonderful both on and off screen, revealed that she is thrilled to be able to play a Latina character who is going to help break the classic stereotypes that have plagued TV over the years. Rodriguez even turned down a starring role on Lifetime's Devious Maids a few years back because of its "limiting" character depth.
“Being a maid is fantastic; I have many family members who have fed their children in that role. But there are other stories that need to be told,” Rodriguez explained. “The media is a venue and an avenue to educate and teach our next generation.”
In addition, the 29-year-old actress expressed that she is eager to introduce young viewers to a strong female lead who is a "size me" rather than a size zero, and is more interested in achieving her dream instead of "twerking" to get in the spotlight.
Bottom-line: There's absolutely nothing plain about this Jane, and we can't for fans to be introduced to a new CW character who is less supernatural and much more natural.
Jane the Virgin premieres Monday, Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. on The CW.