EXCLUSIVE: JoAnna Garcia has joined the cast of Interns. Garcia, who also goes by JoAnna Garcia Swisher, will play Vince Vaughn’s girlfriend in the Shawn Levy directed comedy. Interns stars Owen Wilson and Vaughn as two middle-aged guys who lose their jobs and have to start at the bottom in the new American workforce. Interns is filming in Atlanta this summer. The former Privileged star was also recently named as the female lead opposite Justin Kirk in NBC’s upcoming new comedy series Animal Practice. Garcia is repped by WME and Carrabino Management.
Better With You star JoAnna Garcia has been tapped as the female lead opposite Justin Kirk in NBC’s new fall comedy series Animal Practice. The office comedy stars Kirk as George, a House-like veterinarian, who loves animals but usually hates their owners (especially the new woman who runs the clinic). Garcia will play that woman, George’s intelligent and beautiful old girlfriend, now engaged to another, who is assigned to run the animal hospital. Garcia replaces Amy Huberman who played the role in the pilot. Co-starring on the series, created by Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka, are Tyler Labine and Bobby Lee.
Garcia took a winding road to the fall schedule this season. She was originally attached to a multi-camera family comedy project written by Better With You creator Shana Goldberg-Meehan, which sparked a bidding war before landing at ABC with a production commitment but ultimately didn’t go to pilot. Garcia was then quickly cast as the female lead in CBS’ untitled Greg Malins/Greg Berlanti comedy pilot, which came close to a series order but ultimately missed the cut, making WME-repped Garcia available. She was immediately approached for Animal Practice and, after negotiations and a chemistry read with Kirk, was cast in the role.
EXCLUSIVE: Better With You star JoAnna Garcia Swisher is set as the female lead in CBS’ untitled Greg Malins/Greg Berlanti comedy pilot, reuniting with Better With You executive producer/co-showrunner Malins. The multi-camera project, from Warner Bros. TV and studio-based Berlanti Prods., centers on Nick who has a health scare and realizes that Wendy (Garcia Swisher), his best friend and business partner of 15 years, is ‘the one’. Now he has to figure out how to break it to her. Malins and Berlanti wrote the script and executive produce. This marks the third consecutive WBTV pilot for Garcia Swisher following Privileged and Better With You, both of which went to series. She also did an arc on the studio’s CW drama Gossip Girl. It also marks the latest multi-camera comedy for Garcia who started off on the WB’s Reba. Earlier this season, Garcia was attached to a Warner Bros. TV multi-camera comedy project written by Better With You creator/exec producer Shana Goldberg-Meehan. The family comedy sparked a bidding war before landing at ABC with a production commitment but ultimately didn’t go to pilot, making WME-repped Garcia Swisher available. She immediately received multiple offers, choosing the Malins/Berlanti pilot.
Shana Goldberg-Meehan and JoAnna Garcia are returning to ABC. In a very competitive situation, the network has landed a comedy from Better With You creator/executive producer Goldberg-Meehan that is toplined by Garcia, that series’ star. The multi-camera project, about a woman (Garcia) who moves in with her husband’s family, has received a pilot production commitment. The pitch hit the marketplace yesterday and sparked a bidding war after landing offers from ABC, NBC and CBS. Warner Bros TV, where Goldberg-Meehan has been based since her days on Friends, is producing. Goldberg-Meehan most recently created and executive produced the multi-camera ABC comedy series Better With You, starring Garcia and Jennifer Finnigan, which ran for one season. This marks the fourth consecutive series project at Warner Bros TV for Garcia following Privileged, Better With You and Gossip Girl, on which she did an arc. Goldberg-Meehan and Garcia are with WME.
EXCLUSIVE: In what could be one of the last big bidding wars this pitch season, I hear that 3 networks — ABC, NBC and CBS — are after a multi-camera comedy from Better With You creator/executive producer Shana Goldberg-Meehan, which is toplined by the series’ star JoAnna Garcia. The project, about a woman (Garcia) who moves in with her husband’s family, was formally pitched to the networks today, landing offers right away, but there had been buzz about it for the past couple of weeks. Warner Bros. TV, where Goldberg-Meehan has been based since her days on Friends, is producing. Goldberg-Meehan has history at both ABC and NBC. Her family comedy Better With You starring Garcia and Jennifer Finnigan had a seasonlong run on ABC, where Goldberg-Meehan also has done a couple of pilots. And at NBC, she spent 7 seasons on Friends, rising to executive producer/co-showrunner, and co-created spinoff Joey. The strong interest in the project underscores the huge popularity of the comedy genre this development season, which has led to bidding wars over several half-hour pitches.