The CW’s “Jane the Virgin” got a surprise nomination Emmy morning, in the category of Outstanding Narrator.
Anthony Mendez, who is heard but never seen as the irreverent voice guiding the audience through the many dramatic life events in Gina Rodriguez’s title character, came the first narrator of a scripted series nominated in the category.
Rodriguez, a Golden Globe winner this year as Best Actress in a Comedy, didn’t make the cut for a nomination in that category, nor did the series get a nomination for Best Comedy Series.
Mendez will compete against Neil deGrasse Tyson, who narrated National Geographic’s “Hubble’s Cosmic Journey,” Miranda Richardson, who narrated Nat Geo Wild’s “Operation Orangutan,” Peter Coyote, who narrated PBS’ “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” and Henry Strozier, narrator of Animal Planet’s “Too Cute!” series.
The category is a new one, created in 2014. Prior to last year, narrators were nominated in the same category as voice-over actors in the Outstanding Voice-Over Performance category.
“Jane the Virgin” returns for Season 2 on Monday, Oct. 19, 2015.