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Ugly Betty (tv program)

CW's 'Jane the Virgin' mixes wacky and serious, with a natural ease

"Jane the Virgin," which premieres Monday on the CW, tells the story of a young Miami woman who becomes pregnant despite never having had sex. (It's not a miracle but a medical mishap.) In my considered professional opinion, it's one of the best things to come out of the fall season, but as a recreational television watcher, I like it too. Like "Ugly Betty," it is based on a Latin American telenovela (the Venezuelan "Juana la Virgen"), and like that show it has kept its transplanted Latin roots with a quietly remarkable title-role performance from Gina Rodriguez. Jane is almost engaged to police detective Michael (Brett Dier) but remains ever mindful...