Jane the Virgin series premiere recap: 'Pilot'

October 14, 2014 2:02 AM

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Jane the Virgin series premiere recap: 'Pilot'

As the first comedy offering on The CW—a network whose primetime programming veers toward the supernatural, super sexy, and superhero—Jane The Virgin feels spectacularly different. Adapted from the popular Venezuelan soap opera Juana la Virgen, the comedy revolves around one spectacularly disastrous moment: when the 23-year-old Latina protagonist finds out she’s been accidentally inseminated by a distracted OB-GYN. Ironically, Jane—a type-A who’s busy balancing relationships, a part-time job, and her college education—has tried her entire life to avoid drama. But as the pilot—written by Jennie Snyder Urman (Emily Owens)—unfolds, her life quickly mirrors the colorful ups and downs, trials and temptations of the telenovelas her mom and grandma faithfully watch. As we say in Spanish, ahora comienza la fiesta (let’s get the party started)!

The show opens with a flashback featuring 10-year-old Jane Gloria Villanueva. According to a voice-of-God narrator, Jane loves family, God, and grilled cheese sandwiches (though not in that particular order). We’re then introduced to her abuelita (Ivonne Coll) whose interests include God and Jane. J...

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