I have always said that we need much more representation of female characters in leading roles on television, specifically those who were artificially and accidentally inseminated. Well, Ben Silverman (of the Ugly Betty adaptation) and The CW have risen to the challenge and are adapting Venezuelan telenova Juana La Virgen for American audiences. Hooray!
According to the Huffington Post, the currently untitled project will follow a teen girl who is “devoutly religious [and] gets artificially inseminated — by accident.” Sure. I’ll buy it.
The original TV show centers around Juana (Jane), a 17-year-old girl who gets impregnated through a hospital error. When the man whose sperm she gets inseminated with finds out, he begins to fall in love with her despite the fact that he is older and married to another woman.
In all seriousness, TV does need more strong female leads — Rizzoli & Isles can only accomplish so much. Why the CW would choose to make a show based entirely on the violation of a girl’s body and total loss of agency is beyond me. Honestly, this whole thing sounds like a sex crime and a similar story line was featured on an episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit called “Waste” that I recently watched in my underwear.
I can’t wait to see if this is handled with Ugly Betty-style hijinks. When the hapless doctor artificially inseminates Jane, will he comically drop the syringe and spill it on his lab coat? Will Jane, horrified and violated, hilariously slam into a closed glass door while she’s running from the hospital? Will the sperm donor fall off of a ladder while watching his teen love through a window? Tune in this fall to find out!