Since its arrival in 2006, The CW has been known as the home for low-rated teenage-aimed drama shows, with a specific focus in recent years on supernatural and fantasy orientated programming. But as audiences for television diversify, with all overall viewings numbers beginning to drop, The CW’s low ratings have begun to seem comparable to that of its broadcast partners’, and now, the network has gained itself some serious critical favor, too.
Since its debut, Jane the Virgin has been a critical hit. The premise appeared set up for failure, with the focus on a young, virginal Latina that gets accidentally pregnant; it was seemingly laughable and even potentially offensive. But then, the pilot aired, armed with everything it needed to prove the skeptics wrong. Jane the Virgin has taken a seemingly ridiculous premise and thanks to its wonderful cast and writing, has made it into something both hilarious and heartfelt; it’s a show that is always an immense joy to watch. It’s fast-paced, packed with a diverse cast and never sacrifices the integrity of its main character. And today the show and its parent network were rewarded for that work with not one but two Golden Globe nominations.
The show itself has nabbed a nomination for Best TV Comedy, competing against a list of predominantly female-centric shows (Girls, Orange Is the New Black, Transparent and Silicon Valley are the other nominees), while Gina Rodriguez herself has been nominated for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy, going up against category veterans Lena Dunham (Girls), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) and Taylor Schilling (Orange Is the New Black).
It’s an incredible nod for the show (one that hopefully encourages The CW to keep their critical hit around for another season), but we can’t help but notice the loss of Brooklyn Nine-Nine (maybe next year Andre Braugher and his deadpan will get a look-in), Tatiana Maslany’s missing nomination for her many (many) performances in Orphan Black, and Amy Poehler’s nod for her continuously wonderful portrayal of Leslie Knope in Parks and Recreation.
Award shows can seem pretty dumb sometimes, but it’s always gratifying when someone who really deserves recognition gets an award, or at least the chance at one — and in this case two. It’s incredibly exciting for Gina Rodriguez and Jane the Virgin to be nominated at the Golden Globes, an award ceremony that seems to pride itself on being a little cooler and riskier than either the Emmys or the Academy Awards.
Rodriguez has been tweeting excitedly about the news, and you can read her interview with Entertainment Weekly about it here.
The Golden Globes ceremony will air on January 11, 2015 at 8pm on ABC, with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey hosting for the third time in a row. Read Rodriguez’s interview with BuzzFeed: Gina Rodriguez Hopes Other Latinos See Her Success And Say, “Why Not Me?”