Ivonne Coll on Jane The Virgin, her Godfather big break, and shattering older Latina stereotypes 

The actor: Ivonne Coll first stepped onto the international stage as Miss Puerto Rico in the 1967 Miss Universe Pageant, but she had no intention of being an actress. She worked as a bit comedian and showgirl before scoring a small role in a huge movie, and her time on the set of The Godfather Part II put her on a new…

ABC Family declares family passé—Freeform be coming for “Becomers”

After a period of soul-searching that unearthed some difficult truths about identity and the long-term viability of TV cancer patients not named Walter White, ABC Family has decided it’s leaving the “Family” behind. Beginning January 2016, the network once known as Fox Family (and The Family Channel before that, and…

Switched At Birth: “Yuletide Fortune Tellers” / The Fosters: “Christmas Past”

Christmas stories are traditionally made up of many different things—stories hope, of magic, of family, and of nostalgia for days gone by—but perhaps the best thing about Christmas stories is how they allow for a good dose of unguarded, unimpeachable sap. Earnestness can be a tough thing to swallow in fiction,…

Switched At Birth picked up for another season of forgetting which baby you came in with

ABC Family, like The CW, always seems like one of those networks that’s extremely proud of its shows. During every commercial break, it trots out as many as it can and has them do impressive tricks and poses for you to ooh and aah at. Because of this, even the most casual ABC Family viewer—the type that only watches …

Switched At Birth: “You Will Not Escape”/The Fosters: “Girls Reunited”

Watching Daphne self-destruct is a frustrating experience, because as an outside observer everything she’s doing is ridiculous. Blaming Regina for causing Angelo’s accident even though she wasn’t even there? Ridiculous. Turning this anger into an internal excuse to make decisions that only hurt herself, and not the…

Switched At Birth: “Girl With Death Mask (She Plays Alone)”/The Fosters: “Mother”

The entire Kennish/Vasquez clan is reeling in the aftermath, but it’s Bay and Daphne’s journeys that stand out the most here, if only in their stark contrast. Daphne is like an internal combustion engine of anger at this point, bottling up all of her rage and focusing it like a laser beam right at Regina, who she…

Switched At Birth: “The Image Disappears”/The Fosters: “Truth Be Told”

“The Image Disappears,” the Salvador Dalí painting from which this episode of Switched At Birth gets its name, is an optical illusion; two images at once, where the one you see depends on your perspective. This duality is a wonderful metaphor for the episode itself, which explores the death of Angelo Sorrento with an…

Switched At Birth: “And We Bring The Light”/The Fosters: “Say Something”

By teasing Kathryn getting a call about a mysterious accident, Switched At Birth effectively set up a “Who will it be?” mystery to tempt the audience to solve throughout the episode. We know something is coming, but we’re not sure what, so everything takes on an edge of portent it doesn’t necessarily earn. Smartly,…

Switched At Birth: “Like A Snowball Down A Mountain”/ The Fosters: “Take Me Out”

First, the potential bad: Having a gay character basically be outed because he was catfishing the object of his affection—a person he then physically assaulted—is tricky business. There are a lot of ways this could be viewed as troublesome, but the show smartly handles the actual revelation very carefully and…

Switched At Birth: “Love Among The Ruins”/The Fosters: “Things Unknown”

There are three big stories continuing into this second half: Bay and Emmett’s reunion, Matthew’s continued torment of Emmett, and Regina’s conflict with East Riverside over the development project. All advance here nicely, taking on some welcome character-based weight to balance their more plot-heavy aspects.

Switched At Birth: “Love Seduces Innocence, Pleasure Entraps, and Remorse Follows”

No matter how old you are, it’s tough to grow up. This could be the mission statement of this season of Switched At Birth, which was a sometimes lovely, sometimes kind of silly exploration of the different ways the Kennish-Vasquez family is growing up. The midseason finale isn’t perfect, but it underlines almost every…