Entertainment

20 Jane Villanueva Moments That Are Relatable AF

Theory: it’s metaphysically impossible not to Netflix binge watch all three seasons of “Jane the Virgin.” It’s our very first American telenovela!

The heroine, Jane Villanueva, played by Gina Rodriguez, goes through some truly crazy shit with classic malditas all over the place, but her reactions (and fantasies) are relatable AF.

So for all of you who are living in your own telenovelas, here’s your own look in the mirror!

1. Jane eats grilled cheese when the chisme spikes.

CREDIT: The CW

Or is that a pastelito? Either way, we are one and the same. This is the very first scene introducing present day Jane Villanueva on the pilot, and it’s how I’ll always remember her. Who doesn’t like a snack when consuming chisme or their favorite show?

2. When you just can’t pretend to like camping for a second longer.

CREDIT: The CW

Back when Jane and Michael first started dating, Jane turned a sweet carved giraffe gift moment into a confession: camping in the Everglades is not okay. love to camp, but I still would never camp in a place where dinosaurs roam the earth and mosquitos eat my face off. Byeee.

3. Jane’s flirt radar is broke.

CREDIT: The CW

Just like mine. Spoiler alert: the physical contact was him touching her elbow–the unanimously agreed upon least sexiest part of anyone’s body. But we all romanticize like hell when our crushes are involved.

4. This is how Jane imagined this moment:

CREDIT: The CW

When Jane tries to up her flirt game, she imagines every man lusting after her, Miami winds blowing up her skirt, and ends up shutting down someone who wasn’t even flirting with her. #BeenThere #Awkward

5. This is what actually happened:

CREDIT: The CW

Like, her skirt was literally just stuck in a door and he was embarrassed for her. LMAO. I wonder what my life would look like if I had a narrator who called out my #JaneMoments.

6. When Jane acted out a “Bachelorette” fantasy, which who hasn’t:

CREDIT: The CW

When Jane was trying to decide between two men who were chasing after her, the romance novelist in her went  w i l d. We got to see reality TV version of Jane Villanueva and it was everything.

7. It even included outtakes with the bachelors ?

CREDIT: The CW

You’re either #TeamMichael or #TeamRafael and after the Season 4 finale I feel dead by the CW. Freakin’ telenovelas pulling at my heartstrings.

8. And then there’s drunk Jane.

CREDIT: The CW

Who hasn’t stolen a cop’s gun and fired it into the ceiling at your 21st birthday party? A total classic start to the romance she’d eventually base her debut novel on. ♥️

9. When you come up with a maniacal drunk plan at your bachelorette party…

CREDIT: The CW

When my mom drunk dialed and left a voicemail about how my graduate dean was a total B, I.. OK. That didn’t happen, but it did for Jane, and I would have bartered with my casi-evil twin step sisters to steal his phone, delete the voicemail and throw it into a bush.

10. When karaoke is the wildest thing you’ll do all year.

CREDIT: The CW

Alright, if my boo decided to make a fool of herself on stage for me, I would totally join in, too. But what they did after was just wild…

11. And then *spontaneously* adopt a cat.

CREDIT: The CW

“We didn’t even think; we just DID it!” I mean, I visited the shelter a million times for three months before I pulled the trigger, so I actually think this is pretty wild. #AdoptDontShop

12. When Jane is sick, do not mess with her.

CREDIT: The CW

I don’t care how much you love me and want to take care of me when I’m sick. Please, politely, GTFO of my life right now. I’ll apologize later.

13. When the Latino hugger in you faces a Czech wall of ice.

CREDIT: @agusss127 / Twitter

We’ve all been here. In the early days (i.e. high school) it was awkward when we hugged our non-Latino, non-hugging friends, but eventually we became our mothers. I’m a hugger and you’ll just have to deal.

14. When you bomb an interview by deleting an entire document.

CREDIT: The CW

Who doesn’t fake it till you make it?! If someone asks you if you know a platform, you say yes and learn it later that night. My heart is with you, Jane.

15. When you cry everytime you get a gift.

CREDIT: The CW

I have overactive tear ducts, OK? JK, I’m just Latina and full of emotions that all come out as tears. Angry, happy, tired, grateful–I’m crying.

16. When it’s Hogwarts 100 percent of the time in Jane Villanueva-land.

CREDIT: The CW

My high school version of myself totally coaches me through high school reunion speeches. Don’t embarrass your younger self, Jane, she will screech at you.

17. Seriously, all her pics talk to her.

CREDIT: The CW

Especially if that pic is of Michael. He’s constantly telling her, “You’ve got this” and it’s too cute. My framed pic of Michael doesn’t do that. :'(

18. When you don’t have any pics talking to you and have to talk yourself up before sex.

CREDIT: The CW

“You’re about to have sex, Jane!” And with a total telenovela hottie, mind you. That deserves a good chat with yourself in the mirror.

19. When you imagine a church choir singing, “Don’t have sex.”

CREDIT: The CW

Spoiler alert: they don’t start singing, “Go have sex” until after she’s married. So typical. JK, what am I saying, this is all a fantasy, Jane! Don’t listen to them!

20. When you’re accidentally artificially inseminated.

CREDIT: The CW

OK, this is totally unrelatable, but the entire premise of the gift that keeps on giving. I would’ve been a trainwreck but Jane Villanueva is my #shero so now we all know how to react if it ever happens to you.

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

CBS Pledges to Make the Casts of ‘Survivor’ and ‘Big Brother’ 50% People of Color

Entertainment

CBS Pledges to Make the Casts of ‘Survivor’ and ‘Big Brother’ 50% People of Color

Photo by George Rose/Getty Images

CBS just announced that it is committing to making at least 50% of the casts of their unscripted shows Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC). CBS also announced that they are devoting 25% of their unscripted budget to BIPOC creators. The changes are expected to take effect in the 2021-2022 season.

“The reality TV genre is an area that’s especially underrepresented, and needs to be more inclusive across development, casting, production and all phases of storytelling,” said CBS CEO George Cheeks. “As we strive to improve all of these creative aspects, the commitments announced today are important first steps in sourcing new voices to create content and further expanding the diversity in our unscripted programming, as well as on our Network.”

CBS’s unscripted TV shows include fan-favorite staples like “Survivor”, “The Amazing Race”, “Big Brother”, and “Love Island”. The network has regularly come under fire for failing to cast diverse talent in both their scripted and unscripted programs. Unlike other broadcast networks like ABC (Grey’s Anatomy, literally any other Shondaland show) or NBC (This Is Us, Superstore), CBS has a reputation for white-washing its programming.

Last year, a former CBS Diversity & Inclusion executive wrote an op-ed in Variety accusing the company of having a “white problem”.

“While CBS proudly touts its diversity programs, a close look beneath the surface reveals that the company is unconcerned about creating space for minorities,” wrote Whitney Davis, who is a Black woman. “CBS continues to promote its diversity initiatives in public, while internally minorities are practically invisible.” 

In June of this year, a group of Black “Survivor” alumni created a petition demanding that the stalwart show make 30% of its cast BIPOC. They also asked that BIPOC are given “equitable screen time and opportunities to participate in marketing and promotional events.” The show’s Black alumni alleged that they were ostracized, gaslighted, and short-shrifted while they were contestants on the show. The petition received almost 8,000 signatures to-date.

As is expected, fan reactions have been mixed. Some people are happy that CBS is making the effort to fix the structural problems of their company. But others feel that the commitment is forced and will result in BIPOC cast members being treated as tokens.

This person is confident that CBS’s unscripted shows will simply improve by including more people of color on their cast lists.

If anything, this decision will add some much-needed change to their tired formulas.

This person was ready to submit their application.

Now that people know the playing field is more even, we’re sure that CBS will receive a more diverse pool of applications.

This person has doubts as to how CBS will approach choosing and casting POC.

It’s one thing to talk about diversity, but it’s another thing to actually choose people who represent a range of diverse cultures.

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

The Trailer For the ‘Saved By the Bell’ Reboot Just Dropped and Slater Is Front and Center

Entertainment

The Trailer For the ‘Saved By the Bell’ Reboot Just Dropped and Slater Is Front and Center

Photo: Universal Television/YouTube

The trailer for the “Saved By the Bell” reboot dropped on Tuesday and it actually looks…good? We’re so excited, we just can’t hide it. The series has long been in the works, with the reboot being announced all the way back in September 2019.

The reboot will revolve Zack Morris (who is now a California governor) after he “gets into hot water” after he closes a bunch of low-income high schools. Governor Zack’s brilliant idea is to send the kids affected by the school closures to the “highest performing schools in the state”, which naturally, includes Bayside High. According to the synopsis, “the influx of new students gives the over privileged Bayside kids a much needed and hilarious dose of reality.” We never imagined “Saved By the Bell” tackling class-conflict before, but hey! Weirder things have happened in 2020.

Much of the original cast is slated to appear, including Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris, Elizabeth Berkley as Jessica Spano, Tiffani Thiessen as Kelly Kapowski, and of course, Mario Lopez in the legendary role of Slater. Thankfully, Slater appears like he will be in the show quite a bit, playing a coach to the high school students (why aren’t we surprised?).

In addition to the original cast, it looks like the series has also added a bunch of new characters to flesh out the new series. One of those characters will be “Mac Morris”, Zack Morris’ mini-me son. And judging by the trailer and promotional materials, the show’s lead will be a Latina character named Daisy, played by newcomer Haskiri Velazquez.

Lopez has been vocal about his excitement for the reboot, recently telling Women’s Day that the reboot is “much funnier, to be quite honest.” “It’s got a different look and feel and much more mature ‘Saved by the Bell’,” he explained. “But I think they [struck] a good balance with this nostalgia in the new version.” He also teased that he might “bring back the mohawk,” but it appears we weren’t that lucky.

And now that we saw the trailer, we have to agree with Lopez. The new series appears to be a sort of tongue-in-cheek meta-commentary on the cheesiness of the original ’90s series. The plot device of the “outsiders” (i.e. lower-income students) coming into Bayside High is genius. It means the show can be cheesy and over-the-top while poking fun of it’s self in a self-aware way. In other words, it’s the best of both worlds.

The series is set to premiere on Wednesday, Nov. 25 on NBC’s streaming service Peacock.

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com