The main character of The CW’s new series Jane the Virgin is pregnant. Jane, played by Gina Rodriguez of The Bold and the Beautiful, becomes accidentally inseminated at a doctor’s office and considers suing. She finds out who the father is, a man battling cancer that has left him infertile. Jane needs to decide if she’s going to carry the child. The storyline is based on a Venezuelan telenovela. Executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman says: “I have a very specific tone I’m trying to hit: a fairy-tale, whimsical quality.”
Urman describes Jane the Virgin as Ugly Betty meets Gilmore Girls. She refers to the latter because the mother-daughter-grandmother relationship is central to the story. Urman is in pre-production on another TV series, too. Sober Companion is about a self-destructive attorney (British funnyman Nick Frost, Shaun of the Dead) who’s issued a court-appointed “sober companion” (Justin Long, The Breakup) to make sure he stays clean. Sober Companion will premiere in the fall, too, but on Fox.