Pilot Updates: Jane the Virgin Spinoff Dead at The CW, Council of Dads Ordered and More!

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We are just weeks away from Upfronts, and the broadcast networks have already started the process of picking up some of the pilots series. 

We have some sad news for Jane the Virgin fans: The CW has confirmed it is no longer moving forward with Jane the Novella, an anthology series which would have been narrated by original series star Gina Rodriguez. 

Writer's Block - Tall  - Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 1

Each season was said to be about one of Jane Villanueva's novels

The first installment was to be set “at a Napa Valley vineyard, where family secrets (and family members) don’t stay buried for long,” per the network.

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The cast for the pilot to included Marcia Cross (Desperate Housewives), Hunter Parrish (Weeds), Jane the Virgin star Ivonne Coll. 

It will be bittersweet news for fans of the original series given that Jane the Virgin is set to wrap up after five seasons later this year. 

I Can't Believe This - Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 1

As for the long-in-the-works The Lost Boys adaptation, it is being repiloted because the network has some concerns about the finished product. 

It's unclear whether the cast will remain intact or if it will go in an entirely new direction. 

Other CW pilot, Glamorous, remains in contention and a formal pick-up could come post-upfronts. 

The network already ordered Batwoman, Katy Keene, and Nancy Drew to series. Those trio join the 14 renewed series on the network that will be back during 2019-20. 

Over on NBC, Council of Dads has scored a formal series order. 

council of dads pic

"When Scott, a loving father of four, has his entire life's plan thrown into upheaval by a cancer diagnosis, he calls on a few of his closest allies to step in as back-up dads for every stage of his growing family's life," reads the official logline.

"Scott assembles a trusted group of role models that includes Anthony, his oldest friend; Larry, his AA sponsor; and Oliver, his surgeon and best friend to his wife, Robin."

"These men agree to devote themselves to supporting and guiding Scott's amazing family through all the triumphs and challenges life has to offer - just in case he ever can't be there to do so himself."

Sarah Wayne Callies Photo

The cast includes Sarah Wayne Callies, Clive Standen, Tom Everett Scott, J. August Richards, Blue Chapman, Emjay Anthony, Michele Weaver, Thalia Tran, Steven Silver and Michael O'Neill.

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Tony Phelan & Joan Rater will write and executive produce. Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, and KristieAnne Reed will executive produce. James Oh and Bruce Feiler will produce. 

Council of Dads joins Bluff City Law and Sunnyside as the series ordered at NBC for next season. 

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Jane the Virgin Quotes

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.

Rafael: No, I really think we've met.
Jane: I don't usually wear clam shells.
Rafael: Oh, the strip club on Piscayne?
Jane: Jerk.