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Who's ready for a dramatic story about a 23-year-old virgin who accidentally gets artificially inseminated with the sperm of a dreamy billionaire? Because that's what CW has coming this fall. Jane the Virgin is said to be a loose adaptation of a Venezuelan telenovela. Gina Rodriguez stars as the titular virgin, whose life is turned upside down by an erroneous insemination. These things happen.
Jane the Virgin comes from executive producers Jennie Snyder Urman, Ben Silverman, Gary Pearl, Jorge Granier and Brad Silbering. Here's the official synopsis for the series.
When Jane Villanueva was a young girl, her grandmother, Alba, convinced her of two things: telenovelas are the highest form of entertainment, and women must protect their virginity at all costs. Now age 23, Jane is a driven young woman studying to become a teacher, nursing a dream to be a writer, and supporting herself with a job at a hot new Miami hotel. All the years of watching telenovelas with the two women who raised her – her sexy, young-at-heart mother, Xiomara, and her still-devout grandmother, Alba – have given Jane a slightly unrealistic view of romance. Still, she is determined not to make the same mistake her mother made – becoming an unwed mother at 16.
Jane has managed to find a wonderful fiancé: a handsome, hard-working detective named Michael, who loves her enough to accept her detailed timeline for their future together and even her insistence on “saving herself” until they’re married. All of Jane’s meticulous life plans are turned upside down, however, when she sees her doctor for a routine check-up and is accidentally artificially inseminated with a specimen meant for the patient in the next room.
Unbeknownst to her, the specimen belongs to Rafael, a reformed playboy and cancer survivor, who is not only the new owner of the hotel where Jane works but also a former summer crush of hers. A few weeks later, the unsuspecting Jane is faced with the most important decisions of her life. Will she continue with the pregnancy? How can she explain the situation to her fiancé and family? And what should she do about the wishes of the biological father, Rafael, and his scheming wife Petra? Though she has always tried to be the good girl who does the right thing, Jane’s life has suddenly become as dramatic and complicated as the telenovelas she has always loved.
CW has only released the 30-second spot for Jane the Virgin, which barely seems to scratch the surface of this whacky premise. Looking at the synopsis, there's more potential in this story, like the conflict involving her fiance, and the fact that Jane is carrying some billionaire's baby. Hopefully we'll get a bigger peek at this drama in the near future. In the meantime, it looks like it could be cute.
UPDATE: Here's a clip that shows Jane learning she's pregnant. And obviously it's a shock.
And this preview image shows her as a mermaid. Not a real one, obviously...
The CW has Jane The Virgin on the schedule for Monday night at 9:00 p.m., airing after The Originals. Check out the full 2014-2015 lineup here.