JANE THE VIRGIN follows the story of Jane Villanueva, (Gina Rodriguez) a strong yet vulnerable, twenty three year old virgin who is accidentally artificially inseminated, though it might be hard to believe, the craziness doesn’t stop there. Add in a telenovela star, religious grandmother, aspiring singer, cheating wife, the most innocent detective you’ll ever meet, another cheating wife, and a playboy turned good-guy and you’ve got the most delightful show on television.
From the Pilot it was evident how charming and truly magical this show was going to be. Since it’s premiere it’s evolved into a transcendent masterpiece that’s constantly growing, all while staying true to its original tone. JANE THE VIRGIN is a tremendous leap in the right direction for The CW and is a show the network should be especially proud of.
Trying to find a few words to describe Jane would be like Petra (Yael Grobglas) not doing anything illegal or inappropriate, it’s nearly impossible. Jane is innocent and naïve while at the same time is making life-altering decisions. She is by no means one sided. Jane is a character that was missing from primetime television for quite sometime and was desperately needed to bridge the gap between a handful of different genres of television. Rodriguez shines as the shows protagonist, her performance is strong and something that hasn’t gone unnoticed.
While Jane is the shows most powerful force that doesn’t discount from the fact that each member of Jane’s family could have their own spinoff, and every one of them would be successful. I would watch a whole show on Xiomara (Andrea Navedo) trying to pursue her singing career all while trying not to let herself fall for Jane’s father, Rogelio. (Jaime Camil) I would most definitely tune in every week to watch her grandmother (Ivonne Coll) go through her daily routine while meddling into everyone’s business. And I would without a doubt watch a show set around Rogelio’s career as a telenovela star. Not to forget the two extremely memorable men in Jane’s life, Michael (Brett Dier) and Rafael (Justin Baldoni). We’ve witnessed suspenseful love triangles before on television but not to the extreme where we ourselves don’t even know who we like more. Each week we fall more in love with Rafael, trying to justify his “bad boy” behavior and troubling past to make himself worthy of Jane’s love. But while we’re fighting for Rafael a part of us still adores Michael and his boyish charm, and how he will do just about anything for Jane, even if it means losing her in the process. Each character has their own strengths and weaknesses; the personalities are so powerful it’s hard to compare them to any other cast.
This wonderful little show somehow manages to encompass all that is right and beautiful about TV. It feels like old television in the sense that it’s a show family’s gather around their TV’s to watch week after week. Though while it has a homey and cozy feel to it, it still feels incredibly fresh and intoxicating. The woman responsible for all of these deliciously juicy scenes, hilarious performances, and perfectly written monologues is the shows phenomenal creator and showrunner, Jennie Snyder Urman. The sensational producer has been producing brilliant and enjoyable content for many years now; it was no surprise at all that she would wow us with JANE. Urman’s shows tend to always have one steady trait; her characters are remarkable and relatable, complex people. On EMILY OWENS M.D. we met Emily, an innocent, timid, and immensely bright young doctor. We instantly fell for her, from her soft-spoken manner to her self-conscious sweating; we were immediately drawn to this enormously relatable human being. Another attribute all of her shows have is an ample amount of heart. Whether it’s delivered by the characters or the plot line, there is no absence of meaning and compassion.
I had the privilege of speaking with the passionate producer about finding the perfect Jane, which scenes she is most excited for the fans to see, and what we can look forward to in “Chapter Eight.” [Read more…]