Jane the Virgin returned to The CW Monday night after its midseason finale. With it: A boost in profile.
Gina Rodriguez, who plays the titular Jane, is hot off her Golden Globes win for Best Actress in a TV Comedy. More than a personal feat, the recognition marks the first major award for the network. It gets better: Just hours before Rodriguez claimed her accolade, the show was renewed for a second season.
Speaking at last week’s CBS Television Studios’ Studio Day, at the Marbella hotel set, the show’s creator, Jennie Snyder Urman, addressed what’s ahead.
Jane’s growing stomach, for one, gives us a very obvious indication: A baby’s arriving soon. So, what happens when baby enters the picture? Urman, who is a mother herself, explained that there’ll be no shortage of interesting narratives to explore. (Gymboree brings the drama.)
“What’s interesting to me is that this is a character who is 24 years old and never planned to have a baby at this moment in her life,” Urman said. “All of this stuff and planning and the pregnancy, there’s another earthquake coming when the kid comes. I’m looking forward to telling those stories. To me, that’s going to give us a whole bunch of fresh drama. I think moms can be interesting. I think they can be heartbroken. I think they can be passionate. I think it’s going to add a layer, and there’s some funny baby stuff.”
That said, there’s much ahead, beyond the baby. “I don’t think when you become a mom you’ve got your baby strapped on your side all the time,” Urman said. (So, more Jane-Michael-Rafael relationship drama?) Baby narratives or otherwise, the show’s telenovela storytelling moves at lightning speed. Where could it possibly go from here?
“We still have plenty of ideas in the writers’ room,” Urman said. “We’re still excited by all the twists and turns. We’ve actually had to be like, ‘We can’t fit that in, we can’t fit that in.’ Now we can say next season, next season. I think as long as you write really specific characters who have really specific things that they want, you’re going to find stories. As long as they have conflict with people who want opposite things. Whether someone cheats and doesn’t know or someone cheats and finds out, there’s ramifications to both. So far, we have enough story.”
Rest easy, Jane devotees. Here’s to what’s ahead.