When “Jane the Virgin” first premiered on Oct. 13, 2014 it broke ground on so many levels. Yes, we had seen Latinos on TV before, and, yes, there were other Latino sitcoms that came before it. But something was different about “Jane the Virgin.” It was refreshingly modern. We had a young Latina in the title role, alongside a slew of talented Latinos, playing well-written characters. But there has been some recent news that will make all fans pretty sad.
During a SXSW panel, Gina Rodriguez implied that “Jane the Virgin” is soon coming to an end.
On March 11, Rodriguez said that her experience with directing an episode of “Jane the Virgin” on season 4 inspired her to seek out new projects.
“When it came to directing ‘Jane,’ as the star of the show — as a woman, as Latina, I was like, ‘I need to come so correct that I cannot be denied,'” Rodriguez said at a Women To Watch panel in Austin, Texas, according to Variety.
Rodriguez also told the audience that the episode she directed was the “highest-rated of the season.”
That’s when Rodriguez dropped the bomb…
According to Variety, Rodriguez added that she plans to “do more [directing] next year — in our final season.”
She literally said nothing else about the “final season.” But her words sure took us by surprise.
While it is kind of sad that this show will come to an end, we’re so excited for the next phase in her career!
Sounds like JANE THE VIRGIN is ending after Season 5, and you know what that means. Get ready for Gina Rodriguez: Movie Star.
It’s only been a few days since it was announced that “Diary of a Female President” would be airing on Disney+, and we still can’t get over how awesome the show’s gonna be. Wait, you don’t know what we’re talking about? Well, sit down and strap yourself in babes, because we’ve got a television series coming out that depicts a Cuban-American girl who ends up becoming the President of the United States. Awesome, right?
Starring Tess Romero and Gina Rodriguez, “Diary of a Female President” is a ten-episode comedy that depicts 12-year-old Elena as she navigates the trials and tribulations of middle school – and reflects on her destiny to become the President of the United States. While there aren’t many specifics out about the program, it’s clear that the show will be heavily influenced by the diverse cast and writers. Ilana Peña, the head writer and producer for the show, shared her excitement about “Diary of a Female President” last weekend, saying, “It’s based on my childhood, and it really feels like this show is my heart … I love that it’s getting told now and to see it come to life in such a magical way with our amazing cast and crew.”
Ok, so when can I start binge watching this show?!
The only thing that’s got us reeling is that the show’s not available to be viewed, as of yet. It’s set to air on Disney+, a new subscription channel that’s not unlike Netflix. Unfortunately, Disney+ is yet to be launched – we’ve gotta wait until November 12 before we can subscribe to it. And “Diary of a Female President?” It’ll arrive to the channel sometime in 2020. In the meantime, though, watch this space!
Okay, but is there gonna be anything else worth watching on Disney+?
Well, it’s Disney, so of course there’ll be plenty to watch on their new channel. Apparently the new service is going to host over 7,000 television episodes, and about 400 to 500 movies! “The Mandalorian” is another live-action instalment being added to the Star Wars franchise. And, as you probably guessed, it’ll be available on Disney+. Why do we care about “The Mandalorian?” Because our fave Dornish prince from “Game of Thrones,” Pedro Pascal, is starring in it! It’s not hard to be keen for some drop-dead gorgeous Latino eye-candy, even if he is bounty-hunting his way across the universe.
I mean, they’re gonna have Pedro Pascal. Say. No. More.
We’re probably letting our Star Wars nerd flag fly a bit much now, but there’s another Latino-led show that you need to know about. Diego Luna will be starring in a series that focuses on his Star Wars character, Cassian Andor. And, for those of you who loved Anthony Mackie as the Falcon in the Marvel universe, well, he’ll be reprising his role for the TV series “Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” At the end of the day, you’re not going to be starved for good content once November hits.
It’s pretty fantastic that we’re getting some diversity on screen.
It’s not just fantastic that we’re getting some diversity on screen – it’s also super important. See, the thing is that diversity isn’t just a PC catchphrase, it’s tied in deeply with theories around how the media we consume influences the way we think. What we watch on TV shapes how we think about norms. A norm is something we consider “normal,” and we might not really think too deeply about why we consider something a norm. For example, a simple social norm we practice is that we usually face the door when we stand in an elevator. Another less-simple example of a norm is that, depending on how people of color are represented on screen – or not represented at all – shapes the expectations we have of them.
Diversity on-screen is important for POC but also…white people?
Ultimately, having diversity on screen is vital not only for people of color to see someone like them on screen navigating the trials and tribulations of a narrative – it’s also important for, dare we say it, white people, to see it too. It renegotiates the expectations and norms when it comes to people of color. This is, essentially, a vehicle for change in today’s politically conservative environment. And since Disney+ is set to launch worldwide, this means that Disney is facilitating this process on a global scale. Bueno.
Anyway, next time someone wants to quiz you on why diversity is so important, you’ve got a straightforward way of explaining it to them. And, of course, you can make your love of Disney and its new offering sound super intellectual. Pop culture dissection and all that, right?
Last week marked the end of an era for many diehard“Jane the Virgin” fans. For the past five years and for the exactly 100 episodes, we’ve laughed, cried, and spent a lot of time getting to know the Villanueva family. Through the original CW show, we also became enthralled in the drama telenevolas many of us Latinx kids grew up watching with our families. JTV might have not been the most realistic portrayal of our personal lives or even real life for that matter, but at the root of it, the show focused on the importance of love, friendships, and family; it taught us lessons we’ll never forget.
But most importantly, JTV’s Jane Villanueva made sure many of us saw ourselves represented through our television screen for the past five years.
Ultimately, Jane Villanueva was us. She made us feel seen, heard, and she helped us navigate life as Latina women worthy of love and worthy of achieving the impossible.
The last and final chapter of Jane the Virgin, which aired earlier this week on the CW, was the fairytale ending we were all waiting for since. For seasons, devoted fans followed Jane Villanueva’s journey when she stepped off that bus and was artificially inseminated with Rafael Solano’s baby. Since then, characters have been killed, characters have been kidnapped, characters have died and then come back to life, Jane has written a book and then another, we’ve encountered and defeated many villains, and well, you know how novelas go.
But on the last episode, there were no surprises. No deaths. No bad luck. Just pure bliss.
The cast of Jane the Virgin also shared heartfelt tributes to a show that’s also forever changed their lives.
Justin Baldoni, aka Rafael Solano, posted so many sweet behind the scenes photos of him alongside the cast.
The day after her 35th birthday and on the day of the series finale, Gina Rodriguez shared a heartfelt tribute to the show that brought us Jane Villanueva.
“We started shooting the first season of Jane in July 2014. A few days into shooting I turned 30 on set. Yesterday I turned 35. And today is the very last episodes, 99 and 100 airing of Jane The Virgin. Five years. Five years of love, laughter, growth, pain, surprises, deaths, new births and a shit ton of memories. To my warriors who have supported me from day one, Thank you. I am able to live out my dream career because of you and I will never stop making art to bring Joy and Laughter into your home/train ride/plane ride or classroom! Art is my savior. Art is what makes me feel like I can fly,” she wrote in her caption.
If you’re like me, and have been #TeamJafael since the beginning, Justin Baldoni’s tribute will make you cry.
“For the past five years you have welcomed us into your homes, apartments, dorm rooms…but more than that—so much more than that—you have welcomed us into your hearts,” Baldoni wrote. “This show has been magic because you all are magic. And there are not enough words in all the languages of the world to adequately express how deeply grateful I am. So I will just say thank you.”
Yael Grobglas, who portrayed Petra in JTV, posted footage of the final table read of the series finale.
In the video, Gina and Justin can be seen reciting their last lines of JTV ever, unable to hold back tears. We dare you NOT to cry.
Grobglas also shared a photo with her alongside the other fierce women characters on the show. ” I’m so happy we got to end on our own terms unlike most shows and wrap things up at our own time but I’m still incredibly overwhelmed by this chapter ending. So people are asking me how I feel.. I don’t know,” she wrote.
Our favorite fictional mama, Xiomara, shared a video of her watching the series finale. We’ll miss you, Xo!
Jaime Camil, the best fictional father and telenovela star that there ever was, also shared a heartfelt message to JTV fans on the night of the finale.
“100 episodes, 5 years, unlimited amount of feelings, indescribable friendships, overwhelming support, gratitude, joy, love and of course, the greatest fans. Thank you for giving us the privilege to entertain you. Your kind words mean everything,” Camil wrote in an Instagram caption. We’ll miss you forever, Rogelio de la Vega.
Despite it being the final season of “Jane the Virgin,” it’s important to not forget that we’ll now be getting a spinoff! In case you forgot, Jane the Novela–which will be narrated by Gina Rodriguez–will follow the format of a American Horror Story definition of an anthology. This means it will be telling one complete story each episode like a traditional telenovela.
Jennie Snyder Urman told PopSugar that if the show makes it to the second season, provided that it even gets picked up to be a series in the first place, we might get lucky and see other Jane the Virgin characters appear as well.
So this isn’t a goodbye, it’s hopefully a see you later for JTV fans.
“Don’t forget to enjoy the ride because every chapter comes to a close,” Gina Rodriguez says in Chapter 99, part of the two-part series finale. “So I have enjoyed the ride, things like this, they are winning the lottery. I will always thank Jane, the character.”
We’ll never forget the 100 chapters Jane the Virgin brought us. *cries*
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