“Jane the Virgin” is entirely aware of how ridiculous its central premise is: Jane Gloriana Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez) is accidentally artificially inseminated when she goes for a pap smear and decides to keep the baby, whose father is a man she kissed five years ago.While “Jane the Virgin” resembles a fantasy in its over-the-top plot twists and the connections between its characters, the emotions are never less than genuine.This year's TV offerings might indicate that we're at "Peak TV," but they have certainly brought us some groundbreaking and provocative episodes of narrative storytelling proving that the art form is at the highest point in its long history.With even the lightest, frothiest fare (such as the most ridiculous reality TV) manages to have something to say about the state of the world today, and the most ridiculous fantasy and sci-fi series are rooted in realism like never before.The more typical turns the show takes are easily forgiven thanks to the thematic heft the creators rely on as a way of tapping into sensitive familial bonds, turning out a unique and fascinating thriller in the process. “House Of Cards” It’s dubious reasoning to belief that artists pay too much attention to their critics.
Couple that with the glacial pace (funny ‘cos it’s set on a glacier!
But after a very shark-jumping and suspension-of-disbelief breaking season two of “House Of Cards” — where the Vice President actually kills a reporter and then eventually hooks up in a threesome with his wife and lead security detail guard — creator Beau Willimon hired celebrated writer/director Tony Gilroy (“Michael Clayton”) as a consultant on the show.
And to hear it from Willimon on a semi-recent “The Moment” podcast with Brian Koppelman, the showrunner intimated Gilroy was hired as a does-this-pass-the-smell-test safeguard, and also because he’s known for his fiercely blunt and frank criticisms of screenwriting when asked (Koppelman also advises to steel yourself up if you pass on work to Gilroy).
Wading into topical waters involving police shootings, racism, surveillance, reality TV and spin within the British police system, it featured a welcome weekly showcase for Brit Marling as the TED Talk-ing PR hired to polish the institution’s image, as well as strong support from Bertie Carvel, James Nesbitt, Paterson Joseph and Daniel Kaluuya.
If it never gets beyond a one-off (a second season is yet to be picked up), it can do so with its head high. “Jane the Virgin” Created by Jennie Snyder Urman, this fresh, funny remake of a Venezuelan telenovela owns its soapy roots — and transcends them.