Pilot Scoop: JoAnna Garcia Swisher Joins Tommy Johnagin's CBS Comedy

JoAnna Swisher Garcia Tommy Johnagin Pilot

After dramatic turns as a mermaid and an astronaut’s wife, JoAnna Garcia Swisher‘s new gig will bring her back to her comedic roots.

The Reba alum has joined a CBS multi-cam comedy pilot written by and starring comedian Tommy Johnagin, TVLine has learned.

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Swisher will play Michelle, a successful pediatrician married to Johnagin’s character, Tommy. The pair have a daughter named Ashley.

The potential series, about a standup comic raising a family in the Midwest, will be co-written by Justin Halpern and Patrick Shumacker (Surviving Jack) and executive-produced by Bill Lawrence (Scrubs) and Jeff Ingold (Ground Floor).

Swisher can next be seen in ABC’s upcoming period drama The Astronaut Wives Club, in which she’ll play Betty, the spouse of a NASA astronaut during the 1960s space race. Her other TV credits include The Mindy ProjectRoyal Pains, Better With You and Gossip Girl.

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12 Comments
  1. Jenny says:

    Interesting. So this basically confirms The Astronaut Wives Club is a one-off, which was expected. Hope they announce an airdate for that soon.

    • Hanna says:

      She plays a wife whose husband dies early in the space program. I don’t think they would need her after that unless they want to rename the show to Astronaut Widows Club.
      An air date and a trailer would indeed be welcome. There’s no buzz around this show.

      • Jenny says:

        Good point about Garcia’s role in the show. There is definitely zero buzz for this show, even though they finished filming a couple weeks back. Not even a single publicity photo. It will probably premiere in the summer.

      • Alex says:

        Same with The Whispers. Did ABC totally forget about them?

    • cyrax86 says:

      It might become a Summer show like Mistresses and she could be replaced after the first season, nobody knows at this point. ABC hasn’t even announced the premiere date, what if it gets cancelled before premiering like several shows in the past year?

      • Hanna says:

        I don’t think ABC would cancel it before airing. They have already filmed all 10 episodes and it would be a luxury not to finish it. A move to the summer schedule would surprise me too. It has already been postponed once to midseason. ABC doesn’t seem to believe in this project.

        • SJ says:

          Astronaut Wives Club was always meant to be a summer series, so ABC didn’t postpone it even once. The Whispers, however, was supposed to hit the airwaves in the spring so if anything, that’s the project ABC doesn’t believe in.

          • Jenny says:

            Astronaut Wives Club was originally supposed to air in summer 2014, and was pushed back to midseason. But I think it actually fits much better in the summer, and ABC will delay it a second time. There wasn’t really a good spot for it on the schedule for midseason and it doesn’t really fit with any of their shows.

          • Hanna says:

            It’s true. It was supposed to be a summer series. Last summer.

  2. Imzadi says:

    I wonder if the show is going to shoot in the midwest, as her husband is Nick Swisher, who plays for the Cleveland Indians!

  3. Boiler says:

    Hopefully Joanna can get a show that lasts longer than 1 year. Better with You should have been renewed. Good luck to her