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Sep 2017
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JoAnna’s new ABC show “Kevin (Probably) Saves The World” is only a couple of weeks away, and we finally have some new information on the pilot! An official synopsis have been released, and I’ve attached the full press release below. We also have 3 new HQ promotional photos, which you can view in full over at our gallery. Make sure to tune in when the show premieres October 3rd! We’ll hopefully have many new interviews and photos leading up to the premiere.

JASON RITTER STARS AS KEVIN FINN IN ABC’S NEW UNIQUE DRAMA ‘KEVIN (PROBABLY) SAVES THE WORLD,’ PREMIERING TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3

JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Kimberly Hébert Gregory and Chloe East Join Ritter as He Attempts to Find the One Thing that Allows Mankind to Persevere: Hope

Kevin Finn (Jason Ritter) is not a good person. He’s not terrible, but he’s selfish and clueless, and values material wealth and status over all else. And he’s beginning to realize that those things aren’t making him happy – in fact, he’s fairly miserable. Just when things seem to be at their worst, he finds himself tasked with an unbelievable mission: saving the world. “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World,” a unique one-hour drama filled with hope, heart and a good dose of irreverent humor, premieres TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.

In the series premiere, “Pilot,” Kevin, who is on a dangerous path of despair, returns to his childhood home in Texas to crash with his widowed twin sister, Amy (JoAnna Garcia Swisher), and teenaged niece, Reese (Chloe East). It is a strained homecoming – he and his family have grown apart over the years – and Kevin has no real hope that anything will get better. But a series of fantastic events, including a meteorite landing near the house, lead Kevin to meet an unlikely celestial guide, Yvette (Kimberly Hébert Gregory). Yvette delivers incredible news to Kevin: in every generation there are 36 righteous souls on Earth whose mere existence protects the world. Kevin, she tells him, is the last of the 36 righteous. Humanity has been thrown into crisis. Without the 36, the world will begin to lose the one thing that allows us to persevere through the ups and downs of life: hope.

Now Kevin has a mission, whether he wants it or not: “power up” his soul through acts of kindness and selflessness, so that he can eventually find and anoint a new generation of righteous. Yvette will serve as his protector and teacher, a drill sergeant with divine authority, even if she’s the least angel-like person he’s ever met.

“Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” stars Jason Ritter (“Parenthood”) as Kevin Finn, JoAnna Garcia Swisher (“Once Upon a Time,” “The Astronaut Wives Club”) as Amy Cabrera, Kimberly Hébert Gregory (HBO’s “Vice Principals”) as Yvette, Chloe East as Reese Cabrera, J. August Richards as Deputy Nate Purcell, Dustin Ybarra as Tyler Medina and India de Beaufort as Kristin Allen.

Guest starring in “Pilot” is Barbara Eve Harris as Lt. Colonel O’Donnell.

“Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” is from ABC Studios. The series is created and executive produced by Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters (“Mavel’s Agent Carter,” “Resurrection,” “Reaper”). In addition, the series is executive produced by Chris Dingess and Craig DiGregorio, while Paul McGuigan was an executive producer and director on the pilot.

11
Sep 2017
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Earlier this week, JoAnna was interviewed by Variety about her upcoming television series ‘Kevin (Probably) Saves The World’, the charity she runs with her husband and how she got involved in acting. You can find her interview below, and we’ve added a beautiful new portrait to our gallery! Hopefully we’ll have more additions from this shoot soon.

Variety – JoAnna Garcia Swisher has been acting since she was a teen, breaking through as Reba McEntire’s daughter on the CW sitcom “Reba.” The actress returns to the small screen in ABC’s “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” in October. She also runs the Swisher Family Foundation with her husband, former pro baseball player Nick Swisher, which is devoted to helping needy children.

What intrigued you about “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World”?

There are so many incredible themes in the show. It’s a lot about reconnecting with your family and forgiveness and spirituality. It felt very different, and something that I hadn’t really done before.

How did you get involved in acting?

I had to have an extracurricular activity when I was a kid. I played tennis pretty seriously, and when I burned out on that around 10, my parents were like, “You gotta choose something different.” There was a little theater company in our area in Tampa. I auditioned for their first play, and I got bitten by the bug. I was able to start working on a professional level almost instantly. It really felt like I was doing what I was meant to be doing.

What inspired you to start the Swisher Family Foundation with your husband?

One of the things that attracted me to him was that he has such a philanthropic heart. We feel passionately about families and children and giving back and giving a leg up.

Have you learned anything surprising from running a charity?

Things can get crazy at times, considering what my husband and I do for a living; we’re relocating and moving all over the place, and then add two children to the mix. The Swisher Family Foundation and our commitment to it has really slowed things down for us, made us take a deep breath and just say, “Hey, look around and know that we are very blessed. We should try to bring that sense of blessings to other people who may be less fortunate.” I wouldn’t say anything’s surprised me. I would say it’s incredibly fulfilling.

What would you be doing if acting hadn’t worked out?

Interior design. I spend a great deal of time working on my houses and helping friends with their houses, and I’m constantly on design blogs. It’s a great love of mine. I would probably be doing that full-time.

Things you didn’t know about JoAnna Garcia Swisher

AGE: 37 BIRTHPLACE: Tampa, Fla. GUILTY PLEASURE TV SHOW: “Home and Garden” LAST BINGE-WATCHED: “The Crown,” “Big Little Lies,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” FAVORITE MOVIE THIS YEAR: “Wonder Woman” HIDDEN TALENT: Tennis FAVORITE FOOD: Greek/Mediterranean

 

16
Aug 2017
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The premiere date for “Kevin (Probably) Saves The World” is fast approaching, and we’ve now finally been given the first promotional photo featuring JoAnna. ABC has also released a new “First Look” video, where we get an exclusive look at the show! Head over to our gallery to check out the new promotional photoshoot, and watch the video below.

16
Aug 2017
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As you might remember, JoAnna appeared on “The Chew” back in February, as a part of her “Fist Fight” promotion. The show’s official YouTube account has finally uploaded her episode to their channel, so now all of you who missed it live can watch it below! Because of the quality of the video I will not be be adding screen captures, but you can find a photo in our gallery here from when she was there.

16
Aug 2017
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Hello JoAnna fans! Tonight, our very own JoAnna will guest the E! show “Hollywood Medium”. She did a reading with Tyler Henry a while back, and it will air at 9|8c tonight. Make sure to tune in, and we’ll hopefully have screen captures and videos up at the site later this week.

7
Aug 2017
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Yesterday, JoAnna and her “Kevin (Probably) Saves The World” co-stars attended the Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour to promote the show. The creator/executive producers Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, as well as JoAnna and her co-stars Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Jason Ritter and Chloe East, spoke onstage during the Disney/ABC Television Group portion of the event, held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. Our gallery now has 29 HQ photos from the panel.

After the panel, JoAnna posed for some portraits – and these might just be my favorite photos of her of all time! She looked stunning in a brown dress, which really complimented her beautiful new hair color. Find them all in our gallery…


7
Aug 2017
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Hello JoAnna fans! We finally have some new information about JoAnna’s upcoming ABC series. As you all know, it was originally titled “The Gospel of Kevin”; well, apparently it has changed its name to “Kevin (Probably) Saves The World”. We also have an official premiere date, which is set for Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. Yesterday, the cast was in attendance at the Summer TCA Press Tour to promote the show (stay tuned for a post about that later today), and below you can read an article with some of the new information which the cast shared during the panel.

Source | Kimberly Hebert Gregory (‘Vice Principals’) replaces Cristela Alonzo in the light hourlong ABC drama.
The team behind ABC’s forthcoming dramedy Kevin (Probably) Saves the World were faced with tough questions about the “Magical Negro” trope Sunday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour.

The series stars Jason Ritter (Parenthood) as Kevin Finn, a cluelessly self-serving person who is on a dangerous path to despair. In a downward spiral, he returns home to stay with his widowed twin sister (JoAnna Garcia Swisher) and niece. On Kevin’s first night there, an unlikely celestial being named Yvette appears and presents him with a mission — to save the world.

While stand-up comedian Cristela Alonzo originated the role of Yvette — who prefers the title “warrior for God” rather than an “angel” — in the pilot, Kimberly Hebert Gregory (Vice Principals) has since taken over the role, which led to questions about how the show will avoid the trope. Coined by director Spike Lee in 2001, the “Magical Negro” trope refers to black supporting characters whose only purpose in a project is to help the white protagonist.

“I certainly have heard of that trope and I think part of that trope is that that character exists only to service the white character, and I feel like we have built a character … who has wants, has needs and has her own storyline,” co-creator and co-showrunner Michele Fazekas said.

Co-creator and co-showrunner Tara Butters pointed to the term “warrior for God” as a key element in understanding the Yvette character’s larger purpose. “We mean that, and the fact is she has her own hero in this story, too,” she said. “As the show expands over multiple episodes, one of the things you’re going to see is as much she’s there to help Kevin, Kevin ends up helping her.”

Continued Butters, “They end up creating this really interesting partnership,” adding that viewers “will meet other people of her kind” later on down the line.

Butters also praised Gregory’s performance specifically for pushing beyond the stereotype: “What I love about what Kimberly brings to the role is the strength and the warmth and just a unique take on what you call a guardian angel or a warrior for God — she brings a whole new kind of look at this archetype.”

Gregory also weighed in on the early conversations about the character that went on behind the scenes. “She has her own mission,” said the actress. “I understand that concept but the character is not an angel, she’s flawed, she’s not angelic, she doesn’t necessarily behave like an angel, she doesn’t use language that is necessarily angelic. She has a real purpose, and her purpose is really bigger than just helping Kevin do what he needs to do. … She’s almost kind of playing God in a sense.”

Fazekas and Butters also discussed the reasoning why Gregory was recast in the role, revealing that when they originally wanted to offer her the role, she was unavailable. “It’s was a hard role to cast and I think the tone of it shifted a little bit, I would say,” Fazekas said.

Butters said the casting change was also the result of a tough pilot shoot, during which director Paul McGuigan had to leave in the middle of production for a family matter and subsequently the pilot was unfinished. Once they finally saw a finished pilot, they realized, “we wanted that character to go in a bit of a different direction,” Butters explained. “We ended up getting Kimberly and It ended up being the way the pilot should be.”

The unique tone of the show is also why the title of the show was changed from The Gospel of Kevin. “The title change came from the fact that Kevin (Probably) Saves the World captures the tone better than the old title,” said Fazekas. “The tone of it really is the hardest thing to understand and the hardest thing to capture in a line, and I think this captures it quite well.”

Kevin (Probably) Saves the World is set to premiere Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

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May 2017
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On May 21, JoAnna and her “The Gospel of Kevin” co-stars attended the annual ABC/Disney Media Distribution International Upfronts! JoAnna wore a dress very similar to her Race against MS Gala dress from earlier this month, and we really love this color and style on her. Find 25 beautiful high quality photos in our photo gallery!

14
May 2017
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As mentioned in our previous post, ABC has picked up the new pilot JoAnna stars in! The show is titled The Gospel of Kevin, and will air on ABC during the 2017/2018 season. An official teaser trailer has been released, and although we only get a quick glimpse of JoAnna, it looks promising! Stay tuned for more information on the new show next week…

Kevin Finn (Jason Ritter, “Parenthood”), a cluelessly self-serving person, is on a dangerous path to despair. In a downward spiral, Kevin returns home to stay with his widowed twin sister (JoAnna Garcia Swisher, “Once Upon a Time”) and niece. On his first night there, an unlikely celestial being named Yvette (Cristela Alonzo, “Cristela”) appears to him and presents him with a mission: to find and recruit the 35 righteous humans who can restore a sacred balance that will ultimately save the world. A light drama from executive producers Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters (“Marvel’s Agent Carter,” “Resurrection,” “Reaper”).

14
May 2017
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Hello JoAnna fans, and welcome to the brand new JoAnna Garcia Online! Re-launching the site has taken me a lot longer than I initially planned, and I’m sorry for the long downtime. But I hope you’ll enjoy the new site! Firstly, we have a gorgeous new layout by my talented friend Nicole. We also have a brand new photo gallery, which is now twice as big as our previous archive – it now includes season 1 screen captures from Reba (the rest are coming soon), many more high quality event photos, and quite a few gorgeous new photoshoots (check out some of my personal new favorites below!). Our career pages are also now finally up and running, with detailed information on every film JoAnna has starred in through the years. Her television productions will follow soon, so we still have a lot more to add during the next few weeks! I’ve also created a video archive, which already contains quite a few videos; but many more will be added the next coming days.

Have fun browsing the new content, and let me know if you have any questions or comments! As our twitter followers already know, JoAnna’s new pilot has been picked up, so make sure to keep checking back for all the latest. Hopefully this means we can expect quite a lot of new JoAnna news and photos this year, and I’ll keep you updated on everything new releated to her career.