‘Vir­gin’s’ end has Ro­driguez in tears

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Yvonne Vil­lar­real

“Jane the Vir­gin” doesn’t launch its fifth and fi­nal sea­son for two months, but the farewell tour has al­ready kicked into gear. And there were tears. Lots of tears.

Tak­ing an af­ter­noon break from pro­duc­tion on an up­com­ing episode, cre­ator and showrun­ner Jen­nie Snyder Ur­man and star Gina Ro­driguez were at the Tele­vi­sion Crit­ics As­so­ci­a­tion press tour in Pasadena to talk about what’s to come as the CW dram­edy nears its end. Both Ur­man and Ro­driguez were emo­tional dur­ing the 35-minute panel, wip­ing back tears and hold­ing hands at var­i­ous points as they re­flected on the show’s jour­ney, as well as their own.

So, how much will the fi­nal sea­son have view­ers cry­ing?

“I want you to cry through­out the en­tire sea­son,” said Ro­driguez, who is star­ring in the ac­tion thriller “Miss Bala,” out now.

“I cried a lot in the edit­ing room, if that’s any in­di­ca­tion,” Ur­man said, “A writer in our room, Carolina Rivera, once de­scribed te­len­ov­e­las to me as a ‘pornog­ra­phy of emo­tion.’ And that crys­tal­lized in my mind some­how. … And so we go through all the feels this sea­son, cer­tainly.”

Last sea­son con­cluded with Jane (Ro­driguez) and Rafael (Justin Bal­doni) headed to­ward an en­gage­ment — or at least, that had been the plan. But in the

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fi­nal mo­ments of the sea­son fi­nale, as Jane ar­rived at Rafael’s apart­ment an­tic­i­pat­ing the big ques­tion, what she got in­stead was an OMG mo­ment of a dif­fer­ent va­ri­ety. Michael (Brett Dier), her dead hus­band, was stand­ing be­fore her. The Sea­son 5 pre­miere, which airs March 27 on the CW, will im­me­di­ately ad­dress the Michael-look­ing ele­phant in the room. Here’s what else view­ers can ex­pect:

Full cir­cle: The theme this year, ac­cord­ing to Ur­man, is “things com­ing full cir­cle.” So ex­pect mo­ments that feel sim­i­lar or mir­ror mo­ments from “Jane’s” be­gin­ning as a means of show­ing “how much these char­ac­ters have grown and learned and changed,” Ur­man says. Ur­man also talked of plans to re­visit is­sues that have come up with the cou­ples that are han­dled dif­fer­ently be­cause of growth from the char­ac­ters. “I want a real sense of clo­sure at the end,” she added. “Our phi­los­o­phy in the writ­ers’ room is: How can we have our cake and eat it too? How can this per­son die but then come back? How can this per­son cry and then laugh? … I’m re­ally try­ing to push that into our last sea­son where we can have it all and have these big fam­ily mo­ments. I want to say good­bye in the right way.”

An­other OMG mo­ment: The Sea­son 5 pre­miere in­cludes a seven-page monologue de­liv­ered by Jane that will surely leave an im­pres­sion with view­ers. “It was a phe­nom­e­nal chal­lenge, es­pe­cially be­cause we wanted to do it (as a one-shot se­quence),” Ro­driguez said.

The love tri­an­gle: Ur­man was cagey about how much the love tri­an­gle plays into the end­ing now that Michael (?) is back in the pic­ture — not want­ing to give arm­chair de­tec­tives too much to piece to­gether.

Bonus info on spinoff: The CW re­cently an­nounced its pi­lot or­der for a “Jane the Vir­gin” spinoff called “Jane the Novela.” It’s set up as an an­thol­ogy se­ries, in which each sea­son would be based on a dif­fer­ent fic­tional novel writ­ten by Jane Vil­lanueva and would be nar­rated by her too. Ur­man and Ro­driguez are both at­tached as ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers.

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Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Jen­nie Snyder Ur­man, left, and Gina Ro­driguez talk about the fi­nal sea­son of “Jane the Vir­gin.”

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