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The broadcast networks have more than two dozen shows debuting this fall, including Katherine Heigl‘s TV comeback, a trip to Gotham, a third NCIS and a Flash-y Arrow offshoot. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.
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The Show | The CW’s Jane the Virgin (Mondays at 9/8c, premiering Oct. 13)
[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.] Show: "Jane the Virgin" (The CW) The Pitch: "Remember 'Ugly Betty'? That may not have been a hit for long, but it was surely a hit. Why hasn't anybody tried that again?" Quick Response: Sure, it's reductive to compare "Jane the Virgin" to "Ugly Betty," but TV only occasionally offers semi-comedic adaptations of telenovelas fronted by young, relatively unknown Latina actresses. And "Jane the Virgin" is, honestly, quite a bit like "Ugly Betty," only it's funnier and less disingenuous in that it lacks the spectacle of trying to make us pretend that America Ferrera is awkward and unattractive through ponchos and fake braces. "Ugly Betty" earned Ferrera an Emmy and it would have set her up for long-term stardom were it not for Hollywood being what it is. If "Jane the Virgin" doesn't do the same for star Gina Rodriguez, it's mostly because Emmy voters don't know who or what a "CW" is. »
- Daniel Fienberg
The CW has once again given series orders to five of its pilot contenders and have finally released an extended trailer for Jane the Virgin, which might be the oddest one of them all. The show will follow Jane, played by Gina Rodriguez, who you might recognize from her role on The Bold and the Beautiful. She vows to remain a virgin until marriage, which works fairly well until a mix-up at the doctor’s office finds her artificially inseminated.
The trailer sets up the series, introduces you to all the major characters, and gives you a taste of what to expect in at least the first few episodes. Some of the stuff obviously seems a bit outlandish, but ultimately, it looks like Jane the Virgin has some substance at its core. Although the trailer only scrapes the surface of the plot, the thing that stood out the most to »
- Lindsay Sperling
The CW’s new fall schedule is here. You’ll notice it looks a lot like the current one. Most shows are staying where they are, with some exceptions to accommodate new titles and a couple returning favorites getting pushed to midseason.
The first big addition is The Flash, starring Grant Gustin as the fastest man alive, which will air Tuesdays at 8 p.m. The Arrow spin-off will lead into the 10th season of Supernatural. The Flash is taking the spot of The Originals, which is shifting to Monday nights (an evening where its repeats have already gotten some exposure). On Mondays, »
- James Hibberd
The CW has picked up a new TV show based on a popular Venezuelan telenovela -- Jane the Virgin.
Jennie Snyder Urman is the writer on the project and is also executive producer, along with Ben Silverman, Gary Pearl, and Jorge Granier. Brad Silberling directed the pilot. The cast includes Gina Rodriguez, Jaime Camil, Yael Grobglas, Brett Dier, Andrea Navedo, Justin Baldoni, Ivonne Coll, and Ryan Devlin.
Here's the brief description from the network:
Jane The Virgin - A series of surprising and unforeseen events causes a hard-working, religious young Latina to be accidentally artificially inseminated. Adapted from a Venezuelan telenovela.
No word on how many episodes have been ordered or when the series will start airing. We should know more in the coming week.
What do you think? Does this show sound like »
The CW has announced its 2014-2015 season today, with the network giving full season orders to two DC comic book adaptations in the Arrow spin-off The Flash and iZombie, as well as two other pilots in Jane the Virgin and The Messengers. Meanwhile The 100, Hart of Dixie and Beauty and the Beast have all been renewed, alongside the previously confirmed Arrow, The Originals, The Vampire Diaries, Reign and Supernatural (although the Supernatural spin-off Bloodlines failed to make it past the pilot stage). Via Deadline, here’s a description of the four new shows…
Barry Allen is a Central City assistant police forensics investigator who arrives in Starling to look into a series of unexplained robberies that may have a connection to a tragedy in his past. A comic book fanboy, Barry is obsessed with the Arrow unaware that working with Oliver and Felicity to solve the crime has »
- Gary Collinson
The CW wants to stay in business with Israeli actress Yael Grobglas. The network first cast the virtual unknown last year as the lead in drama pilot The Selection, and she recently finished a six-episode arc on Reign. Now the CW has tapped Grobglas again, this time for Jane The Virgin, which also has added Brett Dier (Diary Of A Wimpy Kid) and Andrea Navedo (One Life To Live). Based on the successful Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen, Jane The Virgin centers on Jane (Gina Rodriguez), a hardworking religious girl who, due to a series of outrageous events, is accidentally artificially inseminated. Grobglas, with UTA, Thruline and attorney Jamie Feldman, will play Monica, who is left reeling when her husband’s sperm is used to inseminate the wrong girl. Dier, repped by Gersh and Red Talent Management, will play Michael, a cop and Jane’s steadfast boyfriend who has secrets of his own. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
7 items from 2014
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