CW Boss on Future Jane the Virgin Spinoffs, End of Output Deal With Netflix & More!

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Jane the Virgin fans were dealt a huge blow last week when The CW officially passed on Jane the Novella, a prospective spinoff of the soon-to-conclude dramedy. 

The series was to be an anthology, with each season based on Jane the Virgin's titular character's novel series, with Gina Rodriguez attached to narrate. 

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But CW boss Mark Pedowitz has now opened up about the decision to not go forward with the series. 

“We are big fans of Jennie Urman and Gina and we had great appreciation of what they did," he said during a conference call ahead of the network's upfronts presentation. 

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"In this particular situation, this spin-off didn’t quite get to where we wanted to get to. We have reached out to Jennie and if she wishes we are very interested in pursuing a potential another spinoff for Jennie. It’s in her court.”

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His issue with Jane the Novella was that it lacked the spark that made the original series a hit. 

“This particular project did not have what Jane had,” he added.

While it's unfortunate the in-the-works spinoff is not going forward, it is good to know that there is the option for other series set in the same universe down the line. 

Pedowitz also touched on the status of the other pilot, Glamorous, which failed to secure a series order. 

It remains in contention for a series order, but there needs to be some retooling. 

“We are still looking at Glamorous,” he said.

“It is very, very funny. We will take a harder look at it when we go back to Los Angeles.”

“We believe Ben J. Pierce is a star,” Pedowitz continued. “It needs some retooling so we can try to move forward with it.”

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The pilot was said to be an internal favorite at the network, so it remains to be seen whether the retooling will help get the series on the air. 

The other big question mark heading into upfronts was the status of The CW's output deal with Netflix. 

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Deadline reported earlier this week that the deal was not being renewed. Naturally, it raised a lot of questions about the future of the network. 

Through the deal, Netflix took the domestic rights to every CW drama, putting their whole seasons out just eight days after they conclude their linear run. 

“Not at all,” Pedowitz said when asked about how this would affect the network. 

“We have a very strong brand, and it is really up to our studio partners to decide where the past seasons of our programming goes,” he said.

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“It’s important to note that the CW is a vital part of their ecosystem. We end up as a platform making these shows popular and they have increased value across the multi-platform system.”

It means that new CW dramas on deck for the 2019-20 season, Nancy Drew, Katy Keene, and Batwoman will not automatically be earmarked for Netflix. 

Instead, they will be shopped to other buyers, but that's not to say that Netflix won't be interested. Riverdale is a huge success for the streamer, so there's a good chance it could try to land the rights to Katy Keene. 

What are your thoughts on all this CW news?

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Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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Jane the Virgin Quotes

My parents are here today, not because they are meant to be, but because they chose each other. And in the face of a million obstacles, they chose each other. When it seemed like they should give up, they chose each other. And they keep choosing each other in the face of every single twist and turn life brings them. Every single day. And that is not destiny. That is not fate. That's commitment. For richer or poorer. In sickness and in health. Through stormy days and sunny skies. They have earned their happy ending.

Jane

Jane: Oh, I'm no good at this stuff. So, instead of telling you the reasons that I love you, I'm going to tell you the reasons that I don't. I don't love you because you're smart and kind. I don't love you because you're hardworking and competitive and way too defensive.
Michael: I'm not defensive.
Jane: I don't love you because you're incredibly sexy. I love you because you're my best friend and I want to grow old with you. And right now, I am confused about every single thing in my life, except you.