The CW bids ‘Jane the Virgin’ and ‘iZombie’ farewell
It’s rare for one network to lose a number of its signature shows in a relatively short span of time.
The CW recently said goodbye to “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” and the coming TV season will see the ends of “Supernatural” – after what will be 15 years – and “Arrow,” after eight. Another pair of CW stalwarts is about to exit: “Jane the Virgin” wraps up its fiveyear run at exactly the 100-episode mark Wednesday, July 31, and “iZombie” also signs off after five seasons Thursday, Aug. 1.
Though a proposed “Jane the Novela” spinoff isn’t going forward, “Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez reflects, “I know how blessed I am for being on a show that has been (made) of incredible writing from the first episode to the last ... just thorough, smart, intelligent, witty commentary without judgment.”
Rodriguez credits “Jane the Virgin” Jennie Snyder Urman with teaching her “a lot about myself, and a lot about what I can do with my craft. When you go and you do a film (as Rodriguez did recently with ‘Miss Bala’) and you have a short amount of time, and you don’t have as much voice to say your opinion, and you’re not helping write it, you have to come full with whatever you’ve got. And I’ve been training for years to go and do that.”
For all of the “Jane the Virgin” cast members, Rodriguez notes the show has been “our breakout, every single one of us. The knowledge of how hard it was to get to that space, the knowledge of how lucky and grateful we are to be on a show that we love, (it) just has never gone away. We know how lucky we are to be able to complete a show and have a vision for that completion. We’re not just dragging it on or trying to tie it up real quick because we’ve got to end it.”
As she winds down her time as “iZombie’s” Liv – she who consumes the brains of the deceased to investigate their respective deaths – New Zealand native Rose McIver reasons that the character has been “a champion of the outsider and a person who feels like a misfit, and I think we all have felt like that at various times in our lives. People have connected with her, whether they have felt marginalized or have just seen her as someone who celebrates what makes her unique.”
Citing the efforts of the “iZombie” writers, McIver concludes that she has appreciated playing someone “who could so finely balance the person we can all relate to with this very entertaining gimmick, for lack of a better word, of changing personalities each week.”