Appearances   Gallery
written by Staff on August 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

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…


Articles & News   The Gospel of Kevin
written by Staff on August 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

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.

Appearances   Appearances   Gallery
written by Staff on May 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

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!

New Role   The Gospel of Kevin   Videos
written by Staff on May 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

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”).

Gallery   Photoshoots   Website
written by Staff on May 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

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.


Videos
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Fist Fight   Videos
written by Staff on February 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Yesterday, JoAnna visited the Telemundo studios, and the network has uploaded a video to YouTube. It’s very fun watch, which you can check out for yourself below! Despite having barely slept at all, and have been travelling from interview to interview all week, Jo is all smiles. We also get to hear her speak some Spanish, and learn that she’s one of the very few celebrities who aren’t even just on time, but actually arrived early. Have fun watching!

Fist Fight   Interviews   Magazines   Photoshoots   Videos
written by Staff on February 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

We’ve been spoiled a lot this week, with JoAnna videos, photos and news left and right. But this one is something I’ve been the most excited to share with you all! For the first time in a VERY long time, we have a new portrait shoot of JoAnna. And she looks absolutely gorgeous – I honestly think she looks better than ever these days! Unfortunately we only have them in low quality so far, but I will do my best to find high quality versions. The portrait shoot was for a feature in “The Wrap”, and she was also interviewed by Stuart Brazell – you can watch a video below. We hope to have more from this soon!

“Fist Fight” stars Ice Cube and Charlie Day as two school teachers who plan to fight each other in the parking lot — but JoAnna Garcia Swisher, who also stars in the film, promises the film doesn’t only provide laughs but has a lot of heart as well.

“This is a perfect time, this is one of those things — not to get too deep into the deeper meaning of the movie — but there is a lot of heart in this movie,” Swisher told TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell. “The only way you can unleash these crazy comedians in a situation like this — which they actually did, sort of unleash them and film the whole process — is if you have that heart, so we have a good balance.
It’s not a huge think piece, you just go there and have fun and enjoy,” she added.

The comedy, directed by Richie Keen, also stars Christina Hendricks, Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell and Kumail Nanjiani. Swisher plays Day’s wife who is 10 months pregnant and is about to pop.

“Who could be more mismatched than Charlie Day and Ice Cube?” Brazell asked. “If Ice Cube told me he wanted to fight me, I would just move.”

“I would absolutely run for the hills,” added Swisher.

Fist Fight   Talk Shows   Videos
written by Staff on February 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Hello JoAnna fans! As announced earlier this week, the cast of “Fist Fight” – including our very own JoAnna – was on Conan! A kind soul has uploaded the entire cast interview to youtube, and you can watch it below. We’ll have HQ photos and HD screen captures soon, as with all of JoAnna’s recent TV appearances… Stay tuned.

Appearances   Fist Fight   Gallery   Talk Shows   Videos
written by Staff on February 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

As part of her “Fist Fight” promotion, JoAnna was a guest at “Good Day New York” yesterday morning. We now have a good batch of photos in our gallery, including some very gorgeous high qualities! You can watch her appearance below, which also contains a longer clip of one of her scenes first seen in the official trailer.

The cast was also a guest at Conan last night, so stay tuned for more updates later on… This is the busiest week JoAnna has had in a very long time, and we are loving every minute! Make sure to follow us on twitter @joannagarcianet, to not miss out on a single thing related to the film promotion tour.