The CW bids ‘Jane the Vir­gin’ and ‘iZom­bie’ farewell

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - On Tv - BY JAY BOB­BIN

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.”

Gina Ro­driguez

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