A Jane The Virgin tearjerker spotlights the greatness of Andrea Navedo

I hope everyone has tissues handy for tonight’s Jane The Virgin. Or an absorbent shirt that won’t irritate your eyes when you wipe tears away. I thought I was emotionally prepared for Xiomara’s breast cancer storyline, but “Chapter Seventy-Eight” had me straight-up sobbing at multiple points. I didn’t even cry this…

There's nothing to worry about (maybe) on an outstanding Jane The Virgin

Tonight’s Jane The Virgin begins with a warning. Words are quickly typed across a white background, and as I read them, I begin to worry. As I take in the first two lines—“The following contains frank and honest language”—I think that this episode is going to have some sort of trigger warning about sensitive material.…

Jane The Virgin needs a waterfall to quench her thirst for a telenovela hunk

You have no idea how angry I am at myself for using the “Everyone on Jane The Virgin is very horny” headline for last episode when it would have been perfect for tonight’s “Chapter Sixty.” The show’s modified title for the week is Jane The Horndog, and sexual desire is a major theme of this episode, particularly how…

Jane The Virgin doesn’t let tragedy destroy its usual bright, breezy tone

After last week’s heartbreaking twist with the death of Michael Cordero, it’s totally reasonable to be worried about how Jane The Virgin would move forward in the wake of such a monumentally tragic loss. The three-year time jump that immediately followed Michael’s death assured viewers that the series wasn’t going to…

Jane and Petra face off on Jane The Virgin’s Mother’s Day showdown

There are a lot of moving parts that work together in unison to make Jane The Virgin a consistently entertaining TV series, and they’ve all been finely tuned in “Chapter Forty-Two.” Micah Schraft and Paul Sciarotta’s script gracefully weaves together the show’s three layers of reality into one cohesive narrative that…

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Rita Moreno returns to help Jane The Virgin explore mother/son dynamics

It was only a matter of time before Liliana “Glamma” De La Vega (Rita Moreno) met her great-grandson Mateo, and her presence in “Chapter Thirty-One” plays a big part in the episode’s exploration of the relationships between mothers and their sons. Jane and Mateo aren’t doing too well thanks to his 8-to-10-month sleep…

Jane The Virgin stumbles by tearing down relationships before they’re built

I was very nervous when I saw last week’s promo for tonight’s Jane The Virgin, which made the episode look like one long ad for Target, its most aggressive corporate sponsor. Target’s prominence on Jane The Virgin has been a key element of the company’s “#SinTraduccion” (“#WithoutTranslation”) ad package launched…