The CW's new, very sans-vampire sitcom Jane the Virgin premieres Monday night. Loosely based on the Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen, the show centers around Jane Villanueva (played by the buzzed about Gina Rodriguez), a young woman who is accidentally artificially inseminated during a visit to the doctor. The celibate Jane finds herself with child. Hope she gave that doctor a scathing 1-star review on Yelp.
Yes, it draws from the original telenovela, but The CW adaptation isn't a shot-for-shot remake of Juana la Virgen. Yvonne Villarreal of the Los Angeles Times describes the American version as being "more akin to a fraternal twin to its Venezuelan predecessor than an identical one."
So, how is Jane the Virgin different from Juana la Virgen? I have some answers. Answers beyond obvious observations like "The cast isn't the same!" and "The language isn't the same!" and "One was filmed over a decade ago!" Full disclosure: I have not watched the Venezuelan version or the American version, so I turned to the Internet for answers. Here's what I found:
THE MAIN CHARACTER'S AGE
THE MAIN CHARACTER'S FIELD OF STUDY
THE SHOW'S VIBE
According to the LA Times, Jane has a "brighter look" and a "more bubbly tone" than Juana. The U.S. version is, as Alessandra Stanley of the New York Times observes, "refitted with ironic distance and much more artful cinematography" and "shot in a bright candy-colored palette that suggests a modern fairy tale."
THE MAIN CHARACTER'S RELATIONSHIP STATUS
THE BABY DADDY