Jane the Virgin Series Premiere Monday, October 13 9pm/8c
By Bel Hernandez
FALL TV BUZZ: The talents of three extraordinary actresses, Latino themed comedy, telenovela pleasure
Well it can be said that the CW won the diversity prize by having fifty percent of it new fall shows be Latino themed, but that would be unfair as it only picked up two new series. However, it picked a winner in Jane the Virgin, which has the potential to become your secret addiction this fall.
It is a “telenovela” with all the romance, secrets, betrayals, beautiful people and plot twist and turns to make your head spin. But it also stars three extraordinary acting talents, beginning with Gina Rodriguez (Filly Brown, The Bold and the Beautiful) who plays the title role of Jane Villanueva, Andrea Navedo (Law and Order: Special victims Unit, Golden Boy) who plays her mom and the Ivonne Coll (Switched at Birth, The Bold and the Beautiful), who keep it so real you believe. Then there is the dreamy “Mexican Latin Lover” (played by Jaime Camil) that stars in the telenovela the family watches religiously. And so the telenovela begins.
As a young girl Jane Villanueva’s grandmother convinces her of two things: Telenovelas are the highest form of entertainment and women must protect their virginity at all costs. Now 23, Jane, still a virgin, is studying to be a teacher, secretly dreaming to be a writer and determined not to make the same mistake her mother made, becoming an unwed mother at 16. Life is good, until she visits her gynecologist and is, unbeknownst to her, accidentally artificially inseminated with a specimen meant for the patient in the next room. It could happen right? Well it did in Jane the Virgin, and you start to wonder, ‘yeah it could happen’.
The plot thickens and the telenovela cliffhanger in the first episode will leave you with the “need” to know — what happens next?
The cast also includes Justin Baldoni (Single Ladies, Bold and the Beautiful) as Rafael, Brett Deir (Ravenswood, Bold and the Beautiful) as Michael, and Yael Grobglas (Reign) as Petra
Jane the Virgin is loose adaptation of the Venezuelan telenovela Juana La Virgen created by Perla Farias which has been fans all over the world.
The creatives are: Jennie Snyder Urman (writer / executive producer), Ben Silverman (EP), Gary Pearl (EP), Jorge Granier (EP), Brad Silberling (Director)