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Jane the Virgin Bids Farewell With a Two Hour, Two-Part Series Finale

ALSO: Four Weddings and a Funeral, Archer, Democratic Debate (Night 2), and more
  • Gina Rodriguez and Justin Baldoni in an image from tonight's Jane the Virgin series finale.  (Photo: Kevin Estrada/The CW)
    Gina Rodriguez and Justin Baldoni in an image from tonight's Jane the Virgin series finale. (Photo: Kevin Estrada/The CW)

    The end of Jane the Virgin's five-season run is a time to both celebrate the show's victories and reflect on how it wasn't given its due. During its first season, when series star Gina Rodriguez won the Golden Globe for Actress in a TV Comedy, and she made her memorable, emotional speech ("Today is a great day. I can and I did!"), it seemed like the possibilities for the show were endless. That the Emmys didn't follow suit with was a letdown that represents the gulf between what Jane the Virgin received and what it deserved. Although ratings declined after that first season, the show never stopped evolving, thrilling critics and its modest but fiercely loyal fanbase in the process. (If you haven't seen the show and watching all 100 episodes seems daunting, our Aaron Barnhart has a tip for you )

    While the Emmys never did get hip to Gina Rodriguez's star power, the movies have, and if her performances in movies like Annihilation and Netflix's Someone Great are any indication, the show will have at least one lasting legacy. 

    SERIES FINALE: The CW's two hour send-off to Jane the Virgin kicks off at 8pm with a retrospective episode featuring interviews with the cast and crew, followed by the finale, where Jane and Rafael (Justin Baldoni) approach their big day with all the complications that the show can throw at them. Also Xo (Andrea Navedo) and Rogelio (Jaime Camil) tell the family about their decision, and not everyone takes it well. 9:00 PM ET on The CW

    LIVE COVERAGE: Night two of the second Democratic Presidential Debates will gather the second ten contenders for the Democratic nomination. Tonight's group includes former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris, whose face-off over his civil rights record was the highlight of the first round of debates. Also fighting for airtime will be Senator Cory Booker, former HUD Secretary Julian Castro, Washington governor Jay Inslee, Representative Tulsi Gabbard, New York City mayor Bill De Blasio, and Andrew Yang. 8:00 PM ET on CNN

    SERIES PREMIERE: Producers/creators Mindy Kaling and Matt Warburton bring the 1994 Best Picture nominated feature film Four Weddings and a Funeral to the small screen, with a cast that includes Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones), Rebecca Rittenhouse (The Mindy Project), John Reynolds (Search Party), and British actor Nikesh Patel. Andie McDowell is back too, reprising her role from the film. Our Mark Blankenship hopes the show will retain a few other things that made the film so great. 8:00 PM ET on ABC

    NEW SEASON: The first season of Aussie import The Letdown was praised for its warts and all depiction of couplehood in the wake of childbirth. Season 2 sees our no-longer-new parents balancing their relationships and work stress with the transition to the toddler years. Streaming on Netflix

    ALSO TONIGHT

    • Archer airs the finale to its futuristic space season with the return of Barry-6. 10:00 PM ET on FXX
    • Unmasking Jihadi John is an HBO dcumentary about Mohammed Emwazi, who went from promising grade school student in London in 1995 to a masked ISIS terrorist named “Jihadi John,” seen beheading Western hostages on video in 2014. 8:00 PM ET on HBO
    • The Red Sea Diving Resort is just your average under-the-radar Netflix movie starring Chris Evans in a kind of Argo-but-without-the-movie-stuff riff, as Israeli Mossad agents try to smuggle refugees out of Ethiopia in the late '70s. Starring alongside Evans are Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire), Haley Bennett (Gone Girl), Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones), Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine), and Ben Kingsley (Sneakers). Streaming on Netflix

    Joe Reid is the Managing Editor at Primetimer and co-host of the This Had Oscar Buzz podcast. His work has appeared in Decider, NPR, HuffPost, The Atlantic, Slate, Polygon, Vanity Fair, The Herald Sun, Vulture, The A.V. Club and more.

    TOPICS: Jane the Virgin, The CW, Gina Rodriguez, Series Finales