Gina was out yesterday celebrating the launch of ‘Who In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?’ the book, at Barnes and Noble at the Grove. I’ve added photos to the gallery. Enjoy!
Category: Television Projects
“How much are we going to cry on the finale,” emotional TV critics asked Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez and EP Jennie Snyder Urman, who came to TCA to talk about the fifth/final season of their CW telenovela.
“I cry a lot in the editing room,” Snyder Urman answered, because she wasn’t going to give away the ending. She did, however, tell them that one of their writers describes telenovela as “a pornography of emotion.”
“I want you to cry throughout the entire season,” Rodriguez promised critics.
They declined to discuss details of the return of Michael (Brett Dier), who died two seasons back but appears to have had a stunning resurrection, except to tease that critics “should hold out for a romantic ending in some way.”
But TV critics did not want to wait for their “pornography of emotion.” So they asked the two when did they realize they had the relationship they have. And, 15 years from now, presuming journalism still exists what would they tell a journalist doing a 20th anniversary retrospective of this groundbreaking show, they asked. Real tugging at the heartstrings stuff.
Snyder Urman said she did not think she could have a partnership like she has with Rodriguez, whose work ethic she described as “incredible” adding that Rodriguez had changed her as a person, helped her see the world in different ways, and want to write things that would be worthy of Rodriguez.
Rodriguez, in turn, called Snyder Urman “my role model, sister, muse”.
At that point, both women were weeping. Rodriguez took Snyder Urman’s hand and kissed it.
Rodriguez also told TV critics that CW chief Mark Pedowitz had advised her early in the series run, “Remember to enjoy every minute, because every chapter comes to an end.”
Jane the Virgin is heading into its final season, but fans don’t have to say goodbye to the show entirely. The CW has ordered a pilot for a Jane the Virgin spinoff series called Jane the Novela, reports Entertainment Weekly. The series will be a telenovela anthology in which each season is based on a novel “written by” Jane the Virgin lead character Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez)—and narrated by Jane, too.
According a statement the CW gave E! Online, the series synopsis is “A telenovela anthology series in the tradition of Jane the Virgin, where each season is based on a different fictional novel ‘written by’ Jane Villanueva and narrated by the author herself. The first installment takes place at a Napa Valley Vineyard, where family secrets (and family members) don’t stay buried for long.” Fans of the show know that Jane published a historical romance novel, Snow Falling, in Season 3.
The first season is being referred to as “Tar & Roses” and it “takes place at the intersection of Napa Valley wine country and the San Francisco art scene,” reports Deadline.
Gina Rodriguez is “potentially onboard” to narrate the new series, though further details hasn’t yet been confirmed, reports Variety.
Whether she narrates the show or not, Rodriguez will be back as an executive producer, as will Jane the Virgin creator and showrunner Jennie-Snyder Urman, reports Variety. The other executive producers include Jane the Virgin writer Valentina Garza, who will also write the new series, and Brad Silberling, who will direct the series. Rounding out the executive producers list are Ben Silverman, Joanna Klein, Emily Gipson, Jorge Granier and Gary Pearl. CBS Television Studios is producing, along with Jennie Snyder-Urman’s Sutton Street Productions, Gina Rodriguez’s I Can and I Will Productions, and Silverman’s Propagate Content.
Growing up in northeast Chicago, Gina Rodriguez loved playing the 1980s Carmen Sandiego computer games on her family’s “big-ass Dell” and watching the ’90s game shows and series.
“My parents are super into education, so learning about geography was great,” says the Jane the Virgin star, who is featured in the current issue of Entertainment Weekly. “And then for her to be Latina — and voiced [on the series] by Rita Moreno, my queen — it made such an imprint on me.”
Now Rodriguez is voicing the globe-trotter on a new Netflix series that recasts Carmen as a Robin Hood of sorts. “We give her an origin story,” says the actress, who also headlines the action flick Miss Bala (in theaters Feb. 1) and recently directed an episode of The CW’s Charmed (airing Jan. 27). “It’s just lovely to revive that character but also put her in the context of a multi-dimensional, complex woman which we need to see more vision of, you know. We need to see versions of that.”
Rodriguez — who is also slated to star in a live-action Carmen Sandiego film for Netflix as well as help launch a book series based on the new version of Carmen — hopes the show will help educate young viewers as she was educated by former versions of the character, but it’s not only her young fans that she’s expecting to watch.
“I think adults will enjoy the nostalgia, and it really does play out like a fun spy show,” she says. “But I’m most excited to binge this with my nieces and nephews — I feel blessed that we get to bring Carmen to the next generation.”
In anticipation of Carmen Sandiego, an interactive experience has been set up at TheCarmenEffect.com that gives readers a look into the iconic character’s incredible influence over the years.
Carmen Sandiego also features the voice of Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard and launches Friday on Netflix.
To see Gina Rodriguez in the pages of Entertainment Weekly, pick up the new issue of the magazine on stands Friday, or buy one — or all four —of our special covers featuring Supernatural‘s Winchester family, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, and Jared Padalecki now. Don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW.
Warn your iCal there’s gonna be some edits soon. The CW has just announced its schedule for the network’s 2019 spring returns, and there is a lot going on.
In addition to Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow heading to Mondays, iZombie and Jane the Virgin are kicking off their final seasons, The 100 is finally back, and In the Dark, the new mystery about a blind woman (Perry Mattfeld) who finds herself linked to a murder, is getting a Supernatural lead-in.
The CW Spring 2019 Schedule
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27
8:00-9:00 PM RIVERDALE (New Episode)
9:00-10:00 PM JANE THE VIRGIN (Season Premiere)
MONDAY, APRIL 1
8:00-9:00 PM DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (New Time / New Episode)
9:00-10:00 PM PENN & TELLER: FOOL US SPECIAL
THURSDAY, APRIL 4
8:00-9:00 PM SUPERNATURAL (New Episode)
9:00-10:00 PM IN THE DARK (Series Premiere)
MONDAY, APRIL 15
8:00-9:00 PM DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (New Episode)
9:00-10:00 PM ARROW (New Time / New Episode)
TUESDAY, APRIL 30
8:00-9:00 PM THE FLASH (New Episode)
9:00-10:00 PM THE 100 (Season Premiere)
THURSDAY, MAY 2
8:00-9:00 PM IZOMBIE (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM IN THE DARK (New Episode)
Gina hosted Carmen Sandiego Day in Miami. She was so adorable with all the Carmen kid fans. I’ve added photos to the gallery. Enjoy!