PRESS TOUR: The CW gets a development win with 'The Flash,' 'Jane the Virgin'

Friday, 18 July 2014 02:03 PM Written by 

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- My PG laptop died this morning so blogging will be lighter and more typo-filled than usual as I am left only with an iPad today for coverage of The CW and Showtime at press tour.

Of all the broadcast networks, The CW had the best development for fall. But that's not as hard to do when you have only two new shows, the soapy "Jane the Virgin" (9 p.m. Monday starting Oct. 13) and superhero drama "The Flash" (8 p.m. Tuesday starting Oct. 7).

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"Jane," based on a Venezuelan telenovela, has a loopy premise but pulls it off thanks to its likable lead character, Jane (Gina Rodriguez), who, through a mixup at her doctor's office, is accidentally artificially inseminated with a specimen from her boss (Justin Baldoni, "Everwood").

Executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman ("Emily Owens, M.D.") described "Jane" as a cross between "Ugly Betty" and "Gilmore Girls." Ms. Rodriguez, the show's poised lead actress who deserves to be a breakout star, said she turned down a role in Lifetime's "Devious Maids" because she found the idea of playing a maid culturally limiting.

"The way I grew up, I never saw myself on screen," she said. "I would look at the screen and think there's no way I could do it because I'm not there."

"The Flash," a spin-off from the network's "Arrow," stars Grant Gustin ("Glee") as Barry Allen, who gains the power of super speed. Unlike "Arrow" and this fall's "Batman" prequel, Fox's "Gotham," "The Flash" pilot is light and bright. And a lot of fun.

"Flash is such an optimistic character," said executive producer Geoff Johns.

"He's always wanted to be helpful, " Gustin added.

Former Pittsburgher Wentworth Miller ("Prison Break") will appear in the show's fourth episode as a character from the comic book, Leonard Snart, AKA Captain Cold.

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