New show: Jane The Virgin
When: 9 p.m. Mondays
Cast: Gina Rodriguez, Justin Baldoni, Brett Dier, Andrea Navedo, Yael Grobglas, Ivonne Coll, Jaime Camil
Premise: Jane Villanueva is good girl, a role she’s adopted in opposition to her sexy mom Xiomara (who had Jane when she was a teen) and with the full support of her devout grandmother Alba, who has hooked 23-year-old Jane on the idea of saving herself for marriage. Things are going well; Jane has her life planned out and is in love with handsome detective Michael. Then one day, Jane’s visit to the doctor ends in an accidental insemination with the sperm of her boss Rafael, a cancer survivor in a troubled marriage with scheming Petra.
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Yeah, it’s a lot and in a fast-moving hour, you’re pulled into a world that’s funny and sweet and, because of the grounded performances and delightful characters, is somehow believable and always heartfelt. Like any good telenovela, there are enough hints of more secrets to come to keep you watching. Count me in: I love, love, love this show.