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

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.

Articles & News   Reba
written by Staff   |   February 14, 2017

It’s been nearly a decade since the end of Reba, but JoAnna Garcia Swisher is totally in for a reboot. The half-hour sitcom starred country star Reba McEntire as a single mother, whose character’s ex-husband married a younger woman. Swisher played Reba’s oldest daughter. Reba aired for six seasons on The WB and The CW, ending its run on Feb. 18, 2007.

“I think we would all be super pumped to get together professionally,” Swisher told ET’s Katie Krause at the Fist Fight premiere in Los Angeles on Monday. “But we all are pretty tight and stay pretty close and connected and spend a lot of time together, so it doesn’t really feel like it’s ever gone away. It airs like 100 times a day, so we’re reliving the moments.”

Last June, the 37-year-old actress welcomed her second daughter, Sailor Stevie, with former baseball pro husband Nick Swisher, and she gushed about how her oldest daughter, 3-year-old Emerson, is adapting to the little one.

“I think her older sister is handling it very well. She’s a really good big sister, but I kind of go a little over the top for the birthdays,” Swisher said, sharing her plans for Sailor’s upcoming 1st birthday. “Kicking around a little Alice in Wonderland theme. Always something a little crazy!”

Swisher also shared the lessons she’d instill in her two young children from her high school days. “Don’t sweat the small stuff. It all works out,” Swisher said. “But it’s the drama that’s part of what makes high school so great. The heartaches and the falling in love — hopefully the firsts, but not [the first] of everything.”

As for Swisher’s Valentine’s Day plans, she’ll be busy promoting Fist Fight in New York City. But, as she shared, the city has special meaning for her and her husband, who played for the New York Yankees from 2009-12.

“New York is a really romantic city and has a lot of great memories for my husband and I, so it’ll be good,” she shared.

Fist Fight hits theaters on Friday. [Source]

Articles & News   New Role   Pitch
written by Staff   |   September 10, 2016

Source | The actress also happens to be married to former Yankee slugger Nick Swisher.

Fox’s upcoming baseball series Pitch is adding to its cast lineup.

The fall drama has enlisted JoAnna Garcia Swisher for a recurring role, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Pitch — produced in partnership with Major League Baseball — centers on Ginny Baker, a young female pitcher (Kylie Bunbury, Under the Dome) who defies the odds when she becomes the first woman to play in the major leagues.

Garcia Swisher will play Rachel Patric, a Katie Couric/Megyn Kelly-type newscaster. Intelligent, quick-witted, extremely competent and great at her job, she is tenacious and knows how to get the story. She also is catcher Mike Lawson’s (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) ex-wife. The character instigated the divorce and is already engaged to someone else, much to Mike’s chagrin. Garcia Swisher will first appear in the second episode of Pitch, production of which began Monday at Dodger Stadium, where scenes featuring the show’s Padres taking on the Dodgers were being shot.

Garcia Swisher’s casting comes as her career is beginning to intersect with her personal life as the actress is married to former New York Yankee slugger Nick Swisher. Her recent credits include Once Upon a Time, Grandfathered and The Astronaut Wives. She iss repped by WME and John Carrabino Management.

Also confirmed to return to the baseball series from Dan Fogelman, Kevin Falls and Rick Singer are Bob Balaban, who appeared in the pilot and will recur as Frank Reid, the owner of the Padres; Chastity Dotson as Janet Baker, Ginny’s mother; Ryan Dorsey as Tommy Miller, the pitcher Ginny replaced on the team’s roster and her antagonist; Jack McGee as Buck, the team’s pitching coach; and Michael Beach as Bill Baker, Ginny’s father.

Pitch is set to premiere Thursday, Sept. 22, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. Watch the trailer, below.

Articles & News   JoAnna
written by Staff   |   July 5, 2016

JoAnna has given birth to her second daughter! Congratulations to the happy couple.

Source | Congratulations are in order for JoAnna Garcia Swisher & Nick Swisher.

The Once Upon a Time star, 36, and her baseball player husband, 35, welcomed their second child – daughter Sailor Stevie – on Tuesday, June 28, she announced via Instagram.

“So excited to introduce you to our tiniest princess, Sailor Stevie,” The Astronaut Wives Club star captioned the family photo. “She has stolen our hearts and our family feels complete, Nick, Jo, & Big Sister Emme #SSS”

The newborn joins big sister Emerson Jay, 3.

The couple announced their second pregnancy in February. “Nick, Emme, and I are so excited to finally share this news,” the Grandfathered star captioned the photo montage.

In the shots, the expectant parents posed with their daughter who was seen standing in a crib with an “eviction notice” hanging on the front.

On the same day she announced her pregnancy, the actress debuted her baby bump at an event in L.A.

Congratulations to them!

Articles & News
written by Staff   |   May 23, 2016

Source | Look who’s 3! Once Upon a Time star JoAnna Garcia Swisher shared birthday greetings for her daughter Emerson. “Happy 3rd Birthday to our love, Emme Jay! May life always be! You certainly bring that magic to our lives! We LOVE you!” the Reba alum, 36, Instagrammed the image of her pretty preschooler donning face paint.

The Astronaut Wives Club actress and her husband, baseball star Nick Swisher, announced their second pregnancy in February.

“Nick, Emme, and I are so excited to finally share this news,” the Grandfathered star captioned the photo montage.

In the shots, the expectant parents posed with their daughter who was seen standing in a crib with an “eviction notice” hanging on the front.

On the same day she announced her pregnancy, the actress debuted her baby bump at an event in L.A.

Happy birthday to Emme!

Articles & News   Fist Fight   Media/Press   Rumored Role
written by Staff   |   September 25, 2015

The Ice Cube-Charlie Day brawl has three new combatants. Tracy Morgan — who lit up the Emmy Awards last night — Dennis Haysbert are in negotiations and JoAnna Garcia Swisher is set to join the cast of Fist Fight, New Line‘s comedy about a mild-mannered English teacher (Day) who is put to the test when a colleague (Cube) who thinks he is trying to get him fired end up in an epic fist fight after school. Veteran TV helmer Richie Keen is making his feature debut with the pic.

Details of the Morgan and Haysbert characters remain under wraps, while Garcia Swisher is Maggie, the devoted and loving wife of Andy Campbell (Day) who is at least nine months pregnant and convinced that he’s not going to be fired.

Fist Fight is Morgan’s first announced project since he was critically injured in a traffic accident June 2014 in New Jersey. The SNL and 30 Rock alum was in a coma for eight days after a limo van in which he was riding was struck by a speeding Walmart semi. A settlement was reached in the caseearlier this year. Comic James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, Morgan’s friend and mentor, died in the wreck.

Garcia Swisher was a regular on ABC’s summer drama The Astronaut Wives Club and has starred in TV series including Animal Practice, Better With You, Privileged and Reba. Other recent credits include Once Upon A Time, The Mindy Project and Royal Pains. She is repped by WME and John Carrabino Management.

Repped by Gersh and GS Management, 24 alum Haysbert co-starred on Fox’s Backstrom, and his recent feature credits include Ted 2, Think Like A Man Too and Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. He next appears in the Syfy pilot Incorporated from Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

Dean Norris and Jillian Bell also star in Fist Fight, which was scripted by Evan Susser & Van Robichaux and David Hornsby. Shawn Levy, Max Greenfield and John Rickard are producing, with Ice Cube, Day, Dan Cohen, Marty Ewing and Billy Rosenberg as exec producers. Richard Brener, Samuel J. Brown and Dave Neustadter are overseeing for the studio. Principal photography is set to start this month in Atlanta. SOURCE