CW Is Developing a ‘Jane the Virgin’ Spin-Off Based on Jane’s Novels

Lead Photo: Gina Rodriguez in 'Jane the Virgin'. Photo by Adam Rose. Courtesy of The CW
Gina Rodriguez in 'Jane the Virgin'. Photo by Adam Rose. Courtesy of The CW
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In just a few months we’ll be watching the final season in the life of Jane Gloriana Villanueva and trying to process what happened after last season’s shocking finale. But Jane’s adventures might not be over for good.

It’s being reported that Gina Rodriguez and Jane the Virgin’s showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman are developing a spin-off series to keep Jane’s story running, literally. It was originally thought that a spin-off could follow Jane’s father, telenovela star Rogelio de la Vega (played by Jaime Camil), although that idea seems to have stalled. The current talk is that the show would transition towards being an anthology-type spin-off with each season being an adaptation of one of Jane’s novels.

The first, tentatively titled Tar & Roses is said to take place in Napa Valley’s wine country and San Francisco. Gina Rodriguez’s Jane would narrate each story. It’s said that long-time Jane scribe Valentina Garza is writing the script while Brad Silberling is directing the pilot.

This news should be taken with a grain of salt. Right now, the CW is simply developing the pilot and the series could never see the light of day if the initial pilot doesn’t work for them. Considering that none of the original actors or characters will be returning for this, the idea sounds like a long-shot. Jane’s literary career has certainly transcended the screen – a legit copy of her book, Snow Falling, was put out last year in conjunction with the show’s storyline on it – but is that enough to compel audiences’ to watch an entire season? We’ll all be sad to see Jane end, but part of what Jane the Virgin’s appeal revolves around is Golden Globe-winning actress Gina Rodriguez. Will audiences be okay with just hearing her voice every week?