Christopher M. Enis
The CW’s Jane The Virgin is the current darling of the season. Although fellow newcomer The Flash received the most hype for the network, Jane got both the critical praise and the ratings needed to boost the show’s prestige. That meant a Golden Globe win (the first for the network), and a second season pickup. It’s fair to say the future is looking pretty bright for the little series that could.
Jane The Virgin is a loose adaptation of the Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen. It tells the story of Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez), a 23-year old Latina in Miami who lives with her Mother (Andrea Navedo) and Grandmother (Ivonne Coll). Jane’s strong religious conviction and strict upbringing drive her decision to remain a virgin until she’s married. Things are working out well (she’s engaged) until Jane is accidentally inseminated during a checkup.
The premise of Jane The Virgin has the potential to be chaotic. In addition to the main storyline, there are lots of subplots and subtitles (Grandma does not speak English). There’s also the matter of the narrator (Anthony Mendez), who teeters dangerously close stereotype.
The good news is, show runner and head writer Jennie Snyder manages to corral all those elements and mix drama, comedy and romance… all while retaining the show’s telenovela roots.
Gina Rodriguez helps carry this show beautifully and effortlessly, and is definitely one to watch. Her proverbial star is the rise and she’s easily in the running for an Emmy, with that Golden Globe now gracing her mantle.
Jane The Virgin’s first new episode of the year airs tonight on the CW (9 PM EST/8 PM CST).
RATING: Must See