‘Jane the Virgin’: An unexpected twist

October 13, 2014 4:05 AM

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Our age of complex reproductive technology, it presents us with a lot of extraordinary issues. “Jane the Virgin,” a really enjoyable new CW dramedy loosely based on a Venezuelan telenovela, jumps right in with this unusual question: What happens when a 23-year-old confirmed virgin is accidentally artificially inseminated by a doctor and gets pregnant?

Oh, the show could be awful, with lots of high-strung farce and bad jokes about the Virgin Mother. But it’s quite the opposite: a show that, with good humor and intelligence, respectfully follows a woman’s journey into the unexpected and unknown. And Jane is played by Gina Rodriquez with so much ear...

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