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‘Jane the Virgin’ Finally Revealed Who The Narrator Is In Its Series Finale And Fans Are Freaking Out

After five amazing seasons of Jane the Virgin, last night marked the 100th chapter of our favorite modern-day telenovela. Through Jane Villanueva and her family, we laughed, we ugly cried, and most importantly of all, many of us–Latinx women–saw ourselves represented in these beautiful characters. During the series finale, we got to see Jane finally finish her book and also get the happy ending she deserved. But we also got that one very important question on our minds answered: who was the narrator this whole time?

Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Jane the Virgin series finale.

While many fans theorized about the true identity of the Jane the Virgin narrator, last night we got our answer: Mateo, aka Mr. Sweet Face. 

Fans have been theorizing about the narrator’s identity since the show began, but they became a lot more transfixed with finding out who it was when the fifth and final season of Jane the Virgin premiered earlier this year. Executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman had previously said that JTV fans would find out who the narrator was “at the end of the series… [as] part of the last two scenes.” She was truly saving the best for the last. 

“Throughout the whole series there have been clues peppered, and there are things that are specific about the way the narrator is relating to people in the world–the things that he says,” Snyder Urman said of the big reveal. “There’s always the feeling of the narrator being in control of the story. There’s a constant reminder that this is a telenovela… We’ve known it in our heads, which has made it easy to track those things throughout.” 

Previously JTV fans had suspected of other potential narrators including Jane’s grandfather Mateo, Jane’s father Rogelio, or even Jane herself.

During last week’s episode, someone on Twitter even introduced the idea that perhaps the narrator could be Esteban Santiago (Rogelio’s frenemy), because while Sin Rostro had Jane captive, “the flower fell by him dramatically and then later Raf somehow knew where Jane was.” But of course, Esteban didn’t turn out to be our narrator. 

It’s also important to note that JTV creator Snyder Urman confirmed with Vanity Fair that Mateo’s role was always meant to be this. “He was always going to be the narrator,” she said. 

So this whole time, Mateo was retelling the story of how his parents fell in love as Jane Villaneuva wrote it in her book?! Beautiful. Simply beautiful. 

As soon as the Jane the Virgin narrator was revealed to the whole wide world during the series finale, fans were shocked, surprised, and others completely saw it coming.

*cue the waterworks*

Fans were caught off guard as soon as the truth was revealed during Jane and Rafael’s wedding.

This was literally our face. Plus some tears. 

Another fan couldn’t understand why people were so surprised about this revelation.

I mean, how could we have known? It felt too good to be true. 

Some of us needed more time to really let it sink in.

And we were definitely ugly crying at the revelation.

However, some fans walked away from the big series finale reveal feeling unimpressed.  

Joanna Robinson, who writes for Vanity Fair, compared it to the Gossip Girl reveal (another show where we were left to guess and theorize over Gossip Girl actually was). Robinson added that the JTV narrator reveal “doesn’t make any sense.”

Fans thought it didn’t make sense (and that it felt a little weird) due to the sexual nature of some scenes that had to be narrated on JTV.

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These fans thought that it would be a little weird that Mateo–even as an adult–narrate storylines about Jane’s orgasms or about Alba using a vibrator. But if he’s just reading off of the book his mother wrote about her life, why would it be weird?

Another fan noticed that in Chapter 98 of JTV, the narrator hinted at his sexuality–insinuating that he’s gay. 

In this chapter of JTV, Rogelio is trying to persuade his baby momma Darci to move to New York, telling her it would be a good move for her dating business, “Did you know that New York has the most single people?” To which the narrator says, “Ooh. I should move there.” But quickly, the narrator backtracks on that statement when Rogelio says “single women outnumber single men.” 

During Chapter 99 of JTV, where the characters and actors spoke about the trajectory of the show, we also got a glimpse of the man behind the voiceovers.

Twitter immediately began to swoon over Anthony Mendez. 

Now, excuse us while we watch Jane the Virgin from the beginning and this time, envision Mr. Sweet Face as the narrator. 

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America Ferrera’s “Superstore” Is Going To Get A Spanish-Language Adaptation In A Win For Inclusion

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America Ferrera’s “Superstore” Is Going To Get A Spanish-Language Adaptation In A Win For Inclusion

Fans of the hit NBC comedy Superstore may have been disappointed when it was announced that the series would be cancelled after its sixth season, but there’s good news! The series is going to get a Spanish-language version for international audiences and it will be part of a major expansion for the series. 

The show was well-known for tackling important social issues, particularly around immigration. And a Spanish-language adaptation, particularly one produced out of Mexico, will undoubtedly present an equally interesting take on immigration.

NBC comedy Superstore is getting a Spanish-language adaptation.

Although Superstore is coming to an end on NBC, and will no longer feature America Ferrera, fans of the hit series should celebrate that it’s getting a Spanish-language redo. The show, which focused on the lives of employees at a fictional big box store called Cloud 9 in Missouri, premiered in 2015 and ran for six seasons, with its sixth season set to end on March 25.

“Superstore is a bold workplace comedy with a beating heart, known for its courage to tackle important societal issues,” said Enrique Guillen, executive VP of commercial strategy and international development for Universal Studio Group. “We are grateful to partner with Dopamine to adapt Justin Spitzer’s acclaimed comedy and one of Universal Television’s biggest success stories. This pact to co-produce our valuable IP in a foreign language is the first of many such deals to come.”

The new adaptation is being made under the working title Supertitlan and has received an 48-episode order and will be adapted in Spanish for the Latin American and U.S. Hispanic markets. 

Superstore has remained one of the most popular shows at NBC in its prime. As Variety points out, the Justin Spitzer-created comedy drew in 37 million viewers during its Season 5 run from 2019 to 2020.

And it’s getting a major expansion.

 The Spanish-language adaptation already has a season one order of 48 episodes with each episode coming in at an hour long. For a series that originally consisted of 20 episodes of 30 minutes, that’s a major expansion for the show. For fans of the show, that’s a whole lot more Superstore to look forward to.

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Part 2 Of “Selena: The Series” Has Already Finished Filming And Here’s Everything We Know About The Next Season

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Part 2 Of “Selena: The Series” Has Already Finished Filming And Here’s Everything We Know About The Next Season

Say the word “Selena,” and your mind is probably filled with the opening beats of “Como La Flor,” the Tejano singer’s famous ballad. Selena Quintanilla’s legacy has been explored in acclaimed movies, podcasts, documentaries, and now, a Netflix show. The first part of Selena: The Series premiered on December 4 and is guaranteed a second season.

But what do we know about part two of the series?

Selena: The Series is reigniting interest in our beloved Selena like never before but what’s next for the series?

Selena: The Series covers the life of the late Selena Quintanilla, so how does Netflix’s narrative compare to the true story? Crucially, the first nine episodes only cover the first 20 years of the subject’s life, which means that Selena part 2 will focus on Selena’s evolution into a Tejano superstar before her tragic 1995 death.

Part 1 of the Netflix series addresses the most relevant events, and tweaks certain facts for dramatic purposes. It’s also being met with mixed responses from both critics and viewers alike. But one thing is certain, the series is helping introduce an entirely new generation to the life of one of Latin music’s biggest stars.

The second season has already wrapped filming and it will focus on a very different part of Selena’s life.

Ever since the project was announced, it was confirmed that it would be a two-part limited series. As viewers already know, part one consisted on nine episodes, but it’s unclear how many will make up the second part.

The initial season has largely focused on the 1990 release of Selena’s album, Ven Conmigo, and her family’s discovery of her secret relationship with Pérez.

The next season will likely feature the release of Selena’s first English-language album and her 1992 elopement to Chris before her death and her ill-fated meeting with Yolanda Saldívar (Natasha Perez), the woman responsible for her 1995 murder.

Netflix has yet to confirm when viewers can expect the conclusion of Selena. However, Serratos confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that production had already wrapped—no COVID-19 delays here! Considering that timeline, season 2 could premiere in the first half of 2021. Worth noting: April 16, 2021 would’ve been Selena Quintanilla’s 50th birthday, an event that may be tied to the season’s release.

Season 2 Selena will be “more of the icon.” 

For all of its flaws, the first season of Selena: The Series has helped introduce a new generation to the iconic Latina. And it’s given viewers an introduction to part of the singer not everyone was familiar with. Fans have explored Selena’s childhood and her introduction to music.

But season 2 will focus more on the singer’s megastardom, according to Serratos. “The first part was nerve-racking because there was less footage for me to base my performance on. But at the same time it was more relaxed, because I got more liberty. People don’t know that version of Selena very much,” she told OprahMag.com. “Our second part we’re going to see a lot more of the icon. I had a lot more to base the performance on—but it was nerve-racking because people know that Selena so well. There was added pressure.”

It doesn’t look like there will be any major changes to the cast for part two.

It looks like much of the same cast from part one will also be featured in part two of the series. The ensemble includes Serratos as Selena, Chavira as Abraham, Posey as Chris, Seidy Lopez as Selena’s mother Marcella, Noemi Gonzalez as Selena’s sister and drummer Suzette, and Gabriel Chavarria as Selena’s brother and producer A.B. Natasha Perez’s Yolanda will also play a larger role in season 2 as she gets closer to Selena’s life and business. 

Moisés Zamora (American Crime) returns as the series creator, writer, and executive producer alongside producers Jaime Dávila, Rico Martinez, and Simran A. Singh. Members of the real-life Quintanilla family are also involved with both seasons as executive producers, including Abraham and Suzette.

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