Today at TCA: Rookies and veterans from Showtime and the CW

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Where’s “Homeland” headed after its game-changer of a season finale?

What happened to “Supernatural’s” Chicago-set spinoff? And speaking of spinoffs, what can we expect from “The Flash?”

These are a few questions bound to come up Friday at the TV critics’ press tour in Beverly Hills, when Showtime and the CW split the day to promote their new series and talk about returning favorites.


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The CW is up first, with a humorous new telenovela-flavored drama called “Jane the Virgin.” It stars Gina Rodriguez (“Filly Brown,” “The Bold and the Beautiful”) as Jane, a 23-year-old “good girl” whoe ends up pregnant — despite never having had sex. (How this happens is quite amusing.)

The network has cultivated a hit with its Stephen Amell-staring comic-book based series “Arrow,” so of course it’s going to do what the CW almost always does when it has a success: spin it off. This one features Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, an assistant from Central City’s forensics division who ends up with super speed after a freak accident. He was introduced to “Arrow” viewers a couple times last season.

The network’s long-running series “Supernatural” will close out the CW portion of the day, and I’m hoping to find out a few more details about what happened to that ill-fated Chicago spinoff “Bloodlines” that aired as a backdoor pilot last season.

Premium cable network Showtime will give us a sneak peek at what’s cooking for season four of “Homeland” now that (spoiler alert) Brody is no more, Saul’s split from the CIA and Carrie’s headed overseas. (I really hope the series can hit the reset button and find its legs again next season.)

Liev Schreiber’s returning drama “Ray Donovan” is on the docket, too, along with a new show called “The Affair” (I’m about to watch that for the first time as soon as I finish writing this) and a feature-length documentary on No. 24 for the L.A. Lakers, “Kobe Bryant’s Muse.”

<b><i>Joshua Jackson as Cole and Ruth Wilson as Alison in “The Affair.” (Photo courtesy Showtime)</i></b>

Joshua Jackson as Cole and Ruth Wilson as Alison in “The Affair.” (Photo courtesy Showtime)

This should seem like a relatively light day compared to Thursday when CBS was front and center. Click here to find out what you missed with the Eye net on Thursday.

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