“It made me laugh and cry”: Before Players, Jane the Virgin Star Gina Rodriguez Made TV Comeback With New ABC Sitcom

Gina Rodriguez Returns to TV with ABC Sitcom before sports drama film, 'Players.'

"It made me laugh and cry": Before Players, Jane the Virgin Star Gina Rodriguez Made TV Comeback With New ABC Sitcom


  • 'Jane the Virgin' star Gina Rodriguez's two projects were released only five days apart.
  • 'Players' was released yesterday, following her return in the ABC drama 'Not Yet Dead.'
  • It's notable that the actress frequently plays writer roles, and that's true for these two projects as well.
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Gina Rodriguez is famous for starring as Jane Villanueva in The CW satirical romantic dramedy series Jane the Virgin. For the role, she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy. Rodriguez is breaking barriers and inspiring many Latinas out there with her remarkable talent.

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Gina Rodriguez as Jane Villanueva in Jane the Virgin

The actress now again returned to TV with the second season of her sitcom called Not Yet Dead, before Players, which was released yesterday. She described the experience as emotional, saying it made her both “laugh and cry.”

Gina Rodriguez Returns to TV with New ABC Sitcom

Gina Rodriguez’s two projects came out just five days apart. Players was released on Valentine’s Day, and right before that, she made a comeback with the ABC drama Not Yet Dead.


It’s interesting that she often portrays writers in her roles. And it’s the case with these two projects, too. She starred as an overwhelmed journalist who sees ghosts in the ABC sitcom Not Dead Yet, which is back for its second season on 7th February. The actress also took on the role of a New York sports writer in Players.

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Gina Rodriguez as Nell Serrano in Not Dead Yet

After finishing Jane the Virgin in 2019, Rodriguez decided to collaborate with Not Yet Dead creators David Windsor and Casey Johnson. The Chicago native, who also executive-produces Not Yet Dead, said of the series on NBC News:

“When I got the script, it made me laugh and cry; it made me think about how flawed I am and how much growth I need to keep working on, and how you’re constantly evolving and shedding. I just found that to be really relatable.”

Based on Alexandra Potter’s book Confessions of a Forty-Something F**k Up, the comedy series tells the story of Penelope “Nell” Serrano (played by Rodriguez), a 37-year-old who calls herself a disaster.


She moved to London for her ex-fiancé but returned to Southern California and her old job at a newspaper. Assigned to write obituaries, Nell realizes she can see the deceased—and they offer her advice from beyond.

Gina Rodriguez Returns to the Character of a Writer for the Third Time in Players

Gina Rodriguez starrer Players
Gina Rodriguez starrer Players

Gina Rodriguez stars as Mack in Players, a Netflix romantic comedy where she portrays a New York sportswriter—aiming to make a casual fling into something more with Adam (Damon Wayans Jr.). But what stands out is she’s once again taking on the role of a writer in this project. 

Directed by Trish Sie, Players is a classic romantic comedy that clinches its genre’s traditions. It focuses on the basics: charming main characters with chemistry, some love triangle drama, a group of funny friends, and a heartwarming story with a message.


Watch Jane the Virgin and Players on Netflix, and Not Dead Yet on Disney+.


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