‘Jane The Virgin’ premieres Oct. 13 on The CW, but does it have what it takes to be the network’s next hit? Read on to see what the critics are saying!
Gina Rodriguez, 29, stars in Jane The Virgin, a dramedy based on a telenovela — so you know it’s going to be juicy! Gina, who plays the title character, is already getting rave reviews, as TV’s next it-girl. (She does play a virgin who gets pregnant so we’re already intrigued!)
‘Jane The Virgin’ Reviews: Critics Love Gina Rodriguez
Jane Villanueva (Gina) is a religious, Latina young lady who has vowed to save herself until marriage. In other words, no sex.
But her family promise is shattered when she suddenly gets pregnant. Say what?
Jane is mistakenly artificially inseminated by a doctor, during a checkup, and to make things even more twisted, the biological donor is a married man and her new boss, not to mention, her former crush! (Seriously. Just when you thought getting unexpectedly pregnant was the worst thing that could happen to you.)
The plot is enough to intrigue viewers, and the lead actress has what it takes to be The CW’s new it-girl, according to critics.
“Despite a few problematic aspects with the premise, Jane the Virgin contains a secret ingredient that is in short supply, perhaps especially on many of the CW’s recent soaps: Charm. Much of that comes from Gina Rodriguez in a star-making turn as the title character…There’s a lot going on in the pilot, almost all of it fun and frothy, bringing genuine effervescence to CW’s soap bubbles.”
“…if you are willing to suspend belief for that pivotal (and hilariously played) examination room sequence — and you have mad ninja skills when it comes to programming your DVR during this highly competitive hour — you’re in for a treat. Because even upon a second viewing (which Jane’s medically unsound conceit demanded), this telenovela-tinged dramedy still charmed my socks off.”
“CW’s Jane the Virgin mixes wacky and serious, with a natural ease”
“This should be a star-making turn for Rodriguez, who handles Jane’s broadly comedic moments as confidently as she does her quietly dramatic ones, and her performance in the role is enough of a reason to tune in by itself…Adding to this is the series’ wise decision to have Alba [Jane’s grandmother] speak in Spanish, with subtitles translating her speech for the audience. This gives the show a touch of realism and demonstrates respect for the audience.”
“Jane the Virgin may be a sign that CW is growing up…a series that could even make those Emmy voters who ignored WB take note…At the very least, it should make all of Hollywood take a good look at Gina Rodriguez, the bright, enormously appealing actor who plays Jane. On a network that for too many years was overpopulated with blandly pretty stars and starlets who needed name tags to be told apart, Rodriguez is the real deal: a distinctively beautiful, clearly talented young woman who projects just the right blend of innocence, stubbornness and smarts, all in a way that makes Jane feel ordinary and extraordinary in equal, very real measure.”
Deadline calls Jane’s boyfriend Michael (Brett Dier, Ravenswood) “another CW hunklet in the making,” and confirms that Jane The Virgin is worth all the pre-hyped buzz.
Jane The Virgin premieres on Monday, Oct. 13 (9/8c) on The CW.
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