The CW just explained why the Jane The Virgin spin-off is no longer happening
17 May 2019, 13:25
CW President Mark Pedowitz said the spin-off didn't have “same quirkiness and fun” as Jane The Virgin.
Earlier this month, the CW announced that it had not picked up the Jane The Virgin spin-off to series. Jane The Novela would have featured characters "written by" Jane Villanueva and a new cast, including Jacqueline Grace Lopez as the lead, Estela. Jane The Novela filmed a pilot, but the network ultimately passed on it, a decision which shocked many given the CW's close relationship with the Jane family. Now, the president of the CW has explained why Jane The Novela was not picked up.
Per Deadline, President of the CW, Mark Pedowitz, told press in an upfronts call that the spin-off series did not have the “same quirkiness and fun” that Jane The Virgin had.
"In this particular situation, this spin-off didn’t quite get to where we wanted to get to," Pedowitz revealed. The CW boss did, however, say that the network would be interested in pursuing another spin-off with Jane creator Jennie Snyder Urman.
Jane The Novela was conceived as an anthology series that would have seen each season take place within a different Jane Villanueva novel. The first season was to be set in Napa Valley and promised plenty of family secrets and drama.
Jacqueline Grace Lopez, Holland Roden, Remy Hii, and Hunter Parrish were all cast in the pilot.
Gina Rodriguez first announced the spin-off with an Instagram post that read "We got good news from the CW! Jane will be birthing a SPIN OFF!!!!! Jane The Novelas!!!"
Meanwhile, Jane The Virgin is in the middle of its fifth and final season. The last ever episode of Jane will air this summer and close out Jane Villanueva's incredible TV journey.
Here's to hoping Jennie Snyder Urman and Gina Rodriguez cook up something great for audiences that carries on the spirit on Jane The Virgin.