Primetime Show Reviews
"Joan of Arcadia" Review by Staci 7/29/03
When I was in high school I actually donned armor made out of cardboard to
play Joan of Arc for a history assignment. Thankfully, Amber Tamblyn
have to wear such gear.
Tamblyn (ex-Emily, General Hospital) stars in the title role of Joan in
of Arcadia" on CBS this fall. She is the daughter of police chief Will
Girardi (played by Joe Mantegna) and wife Helen (Mary Steenburgen). Older
Kevin (Jason Ritter) is a former high school sports star who is now in a
wheelchair following a car accident, while 15-year-old brother, Luke
doesn't ever seem to want to move away from the computer screen.
I watched the pilot, along with other CBS pilots, during a "Pilot Night"
organized at my lovely apartment and including several friends. We all
was the best of the CBS bunch, although the clip montage of David E.
new project, "The Brother of Poland, N.H." looked pretty good.
The show's premise revolves around Joan, an average teenager, who suddenly
starts to meet God in the guise of everyday people. First, he's the cute
boy on the school bus. Next, he's the lunch lady asking Joan why she
the job at the music store like he asked.
The constant switch nearly lands Joan in trouble when she's almost
by a murderer she mistakes as God's latest incarnation. It'll be
to see who else God becomes over the course of the show and what his plan
for Joan. Right now he seems intent on Joan helping her father solve
most recent of which is an unknown murderer who's claimed at least two
It will also be interesting to see how Joan's family dynamics play out.
pilot episode makes it obvious that Mom is stressed out, both by her
son's refusal to get a job and her perceived notion that her family
The casting of this show is right on the money with Mantegna and
as Joan's parents. Both have numerous credits to their names, as well as
awards, including a Tony for Mantegna and an Academy Award for Steenburgen.
Those who pay close attention to the opening credits will note Jason
name. He is the son of John Ritter of "Three's Company" fame and star of
ABC's "Ten Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter."
The only downside I see to this show is its timeslot, Fridays at 8 p.m.
knows, maybe God's watching.I know I will.
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