It looks like next year may be the end of an era for The CW.
While speaking at the Create & Cultivate and Fossil Women To Watch pop-up in Austin on Sunday, Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez seemed to reveal that the Golden Globe-winning telenovela will end after Season 5. The actress had been discussing her directorial debut, which aired in February, when she said she plans to "do more [directing] next year — in our final season," according to Variety.
The CW has not made any official announcements nor pick-ups for returning shows yet, and the network has no comment on Rodriguez's remarks at this time. However, the news of Jane's alleged imminent end likely won't be too shocking to many fans.
Jane (Rodriguez) has come an incredibly long way since she was artificially inseminated with Rafael's (Justin Baldoni) child in the series premiere. She has now achieved her dream of being a published author, is the mother to an adorable kindergartener and has reconnected with her long-lost father, Rogelio (Jaime Camil), who in turn has reconciled with and married Jane's mother, Xiomara (Andrea Navedo).
Plus, with Jane and Rafael back together and doing great at the moment, ending the series next season means the likelihood of a Jane and Raf happily ever after is more real than ever. More importantly, it means we likely wouldn't have to endure another painful breakup and multi-episode arc starring Douche Rafael anytime soon.
If Jane were to end after next season, it would be incredibly bittersweet, of course. On the one hand, we'd finally get an answer as to who the Narrator (Anthony Mendez) is, but saying goodbye to the vibrant Villanueva women will be near-to-impossible to bear — not to mention the blow Jane's end would deal to The CW's programming lineup. For the past few years, the network has been lauded for its critically-acclaimed, female-led dramedies, namely, Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. And while Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, again, hasn't officially been picked up for a fourth season, creators Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna have always envisioned the musical comedy to have a four-season plan.
Losing Jane and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend in the same year would be tough, but we can only hope the network will find equally special, female-centric stories to tell in their absence. And given the network is expanding back to Sundays, that means The CW will have more space than ever to do just that.
Jane the Virgin airs Fridays at 9/8c on The CW.
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