'Jane the Virgin': It's like 'Ugly Betty' meets 'Gilmore Girls'Add to Favorites | Jane the Virgin
At the 2014 summer TV press tour on Friday (July 18), executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman told the room of reporters that while the show is a mix of two other, older popular shows, it still has its own qualities.
"I loved 'Ugly Betty,' but this show is a little less broad," Urman says. "I wanted it to have more of a fairytale, whimsical quality. It's like 'Ugly Betty' meets 'Gilmore Girls.'"
Urman credits the relationship at the center of "Gilmore Girls" with that comparison. "The mother/daughter relationship was so central to that show too," Urman says. "The two of [those shows] together is that strange mark I'm trying to hit. But at the same time, this is a telenovela. I'm hoping if I keep the characters grounded and relatable, we'll be able to find the comedy in that. It's a tricky tone and one that I'm excited about tackling."
What else did the showrunners and cast reveal about the comedy that follows Jane (Gina Rodriguez), a virgin who gets accidentally artificially inseminated, as she decides whether or not to keep the baby and how it affects her life, family and friends?
- If you're thinking that if you were in Jane's situation, you'd sue the hospital, don't worry: So will Jane. "I would find it incredibly difficult, a girl who gets accidentally inseminated and not dealing with that," Urman says. "Jane is a really good person and will struggle with that choice [in upcoming episodes]."
- Rodriguez can't wait for viewers to meet Jane because she's a positive role model for younger girls. "I don't have to be a perfect size 0. I can be a perfect size me," Rodriguez says. "I waited for Jane, I waited for her patiently and now she's here. She's strong and independent and striving to make her dreams come true. The mix-ups and mishaps that happen in her life is a beautiful example of things we face in real life."
- Ivonne Coll, who plays Jane's grandmother, has a long history of acting in telenovelas, but explains that "Jane the Virgin" isn't your stereotypical soap. "It's a take on telenovelas so we have bouts where we can be over-the-top funny," Coll says of the differences between the two genres.
"Jane the Virgin" premieres Monday, Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.