Exclusive: JoAnna Garcia Scrubs In As Mysterious Royal Pains Doc

JoAnna Garcia will presumably get pulses racing as a doctor on Royal Pains, TVLine has learned exclusively — thus providing her with a convenient East Coast gig while slugger hubby Nick Swisher’s New York Yankees cruise into the post-season.

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In multiple episodes of USA Network’s medical dramedy, Garcia will play Dr. Nina Greene, a smart and compassionate nephrologist who may or may not be a former child star. The doc’s possibly famous-ish background comes to the fore when she is pressed on the issue by patient Jack O’Malley, aka the golf pro played by Ed‘s Tom Cavanagh.

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Though perhaps best known for her run on Reba, Garcia’s TV credits also include, most recently, ABC’s Better With You, plus Gossip Girl, Privileged, and the TV-movie The Initiation of Sarah.

Royal Pains aired its summer finale on Aug. 31. Season 3 will resume sometime in early 2012.

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  1. Kim says:

    Wasn’t she also in one of the “American Pie” movies? I remember a gross scene with her.

  2. juli says:

    They need to focus less on guest stars, and more on the main cast.

    • Justin says:

      This is one of those shows that uses guest stars wisely, so they really don’t need to put more focus on the main stars.

  3. João Amaral says:

    <3 i love her

  4. Bella says:

    Maybe she’s going to be the expansion of HankMed that Evan was looking for. I love her. As long as she plays someone who is nice and decent and not horrible like that awful Dr. Emily Peck.

  5. Babygate says:

    I may just have to watch Royal Pains now. Love her!

  6. lacey says:

    I hope she sticks around for the whole season, just so I can have her on my t.v. screen every week. I’ve watched all of her shows, still sad about Better with You being canceled.

  7. topoopon says:

    Sounds like more interference for Jank.

  8. Rich says:

    I liked JoAnna Garcia way way back when she was on Nickelodeon’s “Are You Afraid Of The Dark”.

    Never thought I’d miss “The Midnight Society” as much as I do.

  9. Sheldon W. says:

    Sheesh! Focus people! The big news is that Ed Cavanaugh’s Jack O’Malley is coming back!

    Also, it’s been years since Garcia did American Pie. Let it go…

  10. Doris says:

    I thought that she was going by JoAnna Garcia Swisher now?

    • Mandy says:

      When it’s convenient, Doris, when it’s convenient. Google her over the past two years and find an article where her hookup with Swisher isn’t mentioned. Yes, she’s cute, but she’s a one-note actress and if Swisher leaves the Yankees … well, he’ll have made a good first husband and she’ll get a nice alimony check.