“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.”
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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)
As the fall TV season nears its end, it’s time to start looking forward to midseason premieres and returns and The CW is giving fans plenty to get excited about.
The highly anticipated Roswell reboot Roswell, New Mexico finally has a premiere date — January 15. Meanwhile, Black Lightning will move to Mondays following Arrow, beginning January 21. The shift will bump DC’s Legends of Tomorrow to its former Monday time slot.
New series In the Dark is scheduled to debut Thursdays once Legacies finishes its 16-episode first-season run. Meanwhile Jane the Virgin will return for its final season on a new night — Wednesdays. No premiere date has been announced fore Jane just yet, but it’s sure to come soon.
The year so far has been crammed with so much great television that even with many standbys absent from the scene — fan favorites including “Better Call Saul,” “Game of Thrones,” and “Veep” have not broadcast episodes in 2018 — a list of the year’s great TV feels comprehensive, even with half the year to go. This list of 13 television shows and one TV movie, a mix of new and returning broadcasts, is an attempt to name some of what stood out most sharply to Variety‘s critics: Those shows that, in an unprecedentedly crowded landscape, demanded our attention and earned our appreciation. The first half of the year has been strong enough to make the eventual task of winnowing down a year-end best list seem very difficult indeed; for now, here are some shows from the past six months worth catching up on.
Jane the Virgin (The CW)
It’s hard to be consistently great four seasons deep into a show — but it appears as though no one told that to “Jane the Virgin,” which went ahead and had one of its best seasons yet. Flashing forward three years after Jane (Gina Rodriguez) lost her husband (Brett Dier), the show gave Jane the room to grieve, grow, and discover who it is she wants to be. The dramedy also continued to prove that it has one of TV’s best ensemble casts, particularly as Rogelio (Jaime Camill) and Alba (Ivonne Coll) grappled with Xiomara (Andrea Navedo) undergoing treatment for breast cancer, and Petra (Yael Grobglas) grappled with her feelings for her suave lawyer (Rosario Dawson). The CW has since announced that Season 5 will be “Jane the Virgin’s” last. Judging by how strong Season 4 was, it seems likely that the show just may go out on top. — CF
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Next season will be the last for three CW dramas: “Jane the Virgin,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” and “iZombie.” The network confirmed Thursday that all three shows will end following 2018-19 as it announced its fall schedule for the upcoming season.
“Jane the Virgin” and “iZombie” will end at five seasons and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” will end at four.
Speaking to reporters Thursday morning, CW president Mark Pedowitz said of the canceled series, “We will miss each of those shows in terms of what they’ve done. They’ve helped the perception of the CW across the board.”
The CW will expand into Sunday nights with a returning superhero series and a reboot of a signature supernatural drama from its predecessor’s past.
The new Sunday-night block will begin with “Supergirl,” one of five superhero dramas from Warner Bros. and Greg Berlanti on the fall schedule. In recent years, the network has spread its DC Entertainment series out, saving some until midseason. But in 2018-19, the broadcaster will frontload all five shows in the fall. “Supergirl” will be followed by “Charmed,” a freshman reimagining of the supernatural series about sisters with magical powers that aired on the WB from 1998 to 2006.
The CW announced in February that it would next season launch a two-hour Sunday primetime block, expanding its linear lineup of original programming from five nights a week to six.
Mondays will be the first of two consecutive nights of DC Entertainment shows, with “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” at 8 p.m. and “Arrow” at 9 p.m. Tuesdays will feature “The Flash” at 8 p.m. and “Black Lightning” at 9 p.m. Wednesdays will begin with “Riverdale,” followed by another new series, “All American.” “Supernatural” will continue at 8 p.m. Thursdays followed by new drama “Legacies,” a spinoff of “The Vampire Diaries” franchise. Fridays will feature “Dynasty” at 8 p.m. and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” at 9 p.m.
Among the shows the CW will hold until midseason is “Jane the Virgin,” which remains one of the network’s most critically acclaimed series. Other midseason shows are the returning “iZombie” and “The 100,” as well as new shows “Roswell, New Mexico” and “In the Dark.”
Pedowitz also on Thursday addressed the network’s decision not to pick up pilot “Wayward Sisters,” the most recent attempt at a “Supernatural” spinoff, to series. “We did not feel that creatively the show was where we wanted it to be and we had a better shot with ‘Legacies.’” Pedowitz has spoken often about wanting a “Supernatural” spinoff on the network’s air, but several attempts have halted at the pilot stage.
I’ve added HD screencaps of Gina from this most recent (and shocking!) episode of Jane the Virgin. I’ve also added stills for the last couple of episodes. Enjoy!