EXCLUSIVE: Jane Villanueva is looking for a new home. TVWise can exclusively reveal that E4 has opted not to extend their licensing agreement with CBS Studios International and has now dropped The CW’s hour-long comedy series Jane The Virgin, after airing the show’s first two seasons.
E4 originally acquired the series in a two-season deal in late 2014 and subsequently launched the show’s first season in a mid-week 9pm time-slot in April 2015. A so-so ratings performer, Jane The Virgin was then shunted to an earlier time-slot when it returned to E4 for its second season in March 2016.
That move, however, failed to shore up the ratings performance of the show, prompting execs to consider whether they should pick up the third season. Initially it looked like that might happen for a summer run, but sources tell TVWise that, with eyes firmly fixed on the slate of upcoming scripted shows from the United States, it was determined that resources were better spent elsewhere. A representative of Channel 4 confirmed to TVWise that they would not be airing any future seasons of Jane The Virgin.
That does not necessarily mean that this is the end of the road for UK fans. In addition to the first window deal with E4, CBS Studios International also licensed Jane The Virgin SVOD rights to Netflix UK, who have made both the first and second seasons available to subscribers. It is not immediately clear if Netflix UK will make the third season available at a later date. TVWise has reached out to the streaming service for confirmation on that front.
Even with this decision not to renew their deal for Jane The Virgin, E4 still has a healthy slate of first run U.S. comedy series. That slate is led by flagship acquisition The Big Bang Theory and includes a wealth of returning shows that includes Black-ish, Kevin Can Wait, The Goldbergs, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, New Girl and Young & Hungry. The channel is also expected to pick up at least two new comedy series out of the recent LA Screenings, with leading contenders being Young Sheldon, Roseanne and Will & Grace.