The CW is known for its slightly racy programming and advertising campaigns. (Remember when they rolled out those Catch VD ads for The Vampire Diaries?) But they might have just bested themselves with their new show, Jane the Virgin.
Emily Owens M.D. creator Jennie Snyder Urman is adapting the show, which is based on the popular Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen. It's about a 17-year-old girl, Juana (a virgin), who becomes pregnant when she's artificially inseminated by accident because of a hospital error. Yes, you did just read that sentence correctly.
There are no vampires or witches or supernatural creatures in this show, but there is a baby daddy with a jealous wife, a shady businessman, and, of course, tons of scheming. Not to mention the serious issue of how a hospital accidentally got a girl pregnant. Oops, we meant to give you a flu shot. Looks like we gave you a baby instead. Someone should really look into that.
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Mamie Gummer has appeared on TV in The Good Wife, Off The Map, and the miniseries John Adams, but she's probably best known as Meryl Streep's daughter. However, that may be about to change. She's just landed the lead role in First Cut, a new medical drama from Gilmore Girls and 90210 writer/producer Jennie Snyder Urman.
In the CW show, Gummer plays Emily, a new doctor who hopes to shed her dorky past, but learns, "life at the hospital where she works is no different than high school." Well, hopefully it's a bit different. We wouldn't want to see our high school's resident stoner try to remove someone's gallbladder.
The CW has picked up a pilot for a medical dramedy with the working title First Cut, from Jennie Snyder Urman (writer/producer of Gilmore Girls and 90210). The series will follow a young woman at the beginning of her career in medicine, whose traditional "nerdiness" made her teen years an unpleasant experience. Eager to thrust herself into her work, the heroine quickly discovers similarities in the world within her hospital walls to that which she experienced in high school.
The theme is not one that has gone untouched: Scrubs is a notable example of a series that, especially in its earliest episodes, painted the subculture of physicians and surgeons in the Sacred Heart Hospital setting as competitive and highly cliquey—thus, those of us who only have television to draw on as a window into the medical world might begin to put some merit into this depiction. Urman's work on Gilmore Girls proved that she can present a show that is clever and authentically funny, but also sincere and worthy of our emotional investment. Urman wrote and is executive producing First Cut. Dan Jinks (Pushing Daisies) is also on board as an executive producer.