If you read that title and immediately went, “Millennial Nuns?”, you are not alone. The CW has announced an upcoming show from Jennie Snyder Urman (showrunner of Jane the Virgin) that will tell the story of two millennial nuns who will be played by Tony-nominated star Caitlin Kinnunen and up-and-coming talent Bella Ortiz.
The yet to be titled drama written by Claire Rothrock and Ryann Weir and directed by Tessa Blake is set to follow Kinnunen’s character, a devout true believer, and Ortiz’s character, a newer nun who has yet to take her final vows. They go from strangers to close friends while navigating their way through the Catholic church to find their own faith and place. Sister Frances (Kinnunen) is the typical people-pleasing, goody-two-shoes style nun who is firmly set on the straight and narrow, until she meets Sister Maggie (Ortiz) whose more daredevil, radical, modern take on life forces Sr. Frances to re-evaluate. The two learn to help one another, as Sr. Frances helps keep Sr. Maggie out of trouble and Sr. Maggie helps Sr. Frances expand her perspective.
Caitlin Kinnunen received a Tony Nomination for her role as Emma Nolan in The Prom, but you may also recognize her from her many film and TV credits which include The Intern and We Need to Talk About Kevin among others. Bella Ortiz on the other hand is a Chilean-American actress who has had multiple small credits across film and TV, but you’ll soon be able to catch her in the teen horror-thriller American Carnage with Jenna Ortega and Jorge Lendeborg Jr.