Joan Of Arcadia

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2005 11:15 am
Did anyone actually watch this over summer? I loved it, and unfortunatly, its another one of Nine's shows that they will treat awfully. :( Perhaps we'll see it again next summer, but in the US there is fear it won't be renewed.

[quote:d92175ba67="zap2it.com"][b:d92175ba67]'Joan of Arcadia' Seeks Divine Intervention[/b:d92175ba67]
[i:d92175ba67](Wednesday, April 20 10:49 AM)
By Kate O'Hare[/i:d92175ba67]

LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) "I'm always cautiously optimistic," says Barbara Hall, creator of CBS' "Joan of Arcadia." "That's my permanent condition."
In the Friday-night sophomore drama, Amber Tamblyn plays the title role of small-town teen Joan Girardi, who talks to God (appearing in a variety of physical forms). After a critically lauded first season, the series has not evolved into a top ratings performer. Right now its future is uncertain, awaiting CBS' announcement of its fall season to advertisers in mid-May.

On Friday, April 22, "Joan" closes out its second season with "Something Wicked This Way Comes," in which Joan learns that her divine interaction so far has been a kind of spiritual boot camp. God has been preparing her for a showdown with wealthy and charming Ryan Hunter (Wentworth Miller), who also talks to God but has turned to the dark side.

"Joan will discover," Hall says, "that there are people who are actively working for whatever your concept of evil is. There have to be people who are actively counterbalancing that, and that's Joan's job.
"I wanted to do a show about a girl warrior. It's based on the life of the actual Joan of Arc. God didn't ask her to do anything simple. He asked her to get an army together and go to war. That's why she's my favorite saint, because that sounds so un-godlike. We all have a hard time dealing with that particular God. Even Joan of Arc had trouble dealing with it. It was a violent calling.

"One of the commandments of this show is that evil exists, and that's why we're not Buddhists. It isn't just in how you look at it, not in my world."

According to Hall, she's gotten mixed reaction to this season. In it, Joan dealt with the aftermath of Lyme disease -- revealed at the end of season one -- which had made her wonder whether God was actually a hallucination. She also suffered a wrenching breakup with artist boyfriend Adam (Christopher Marquette), when he was unfaithful to her.

Elsewhere in the Girardi family, mother Helen (Mary Steenburgen) has gone through a spiritual crisis on her way to returning to Catholicism, which caused tension with her police-officer husband, Will (Joe Mantegna), who rejects the idea of God. At the same time, a lawsuit involving paraplegic eldest son Kevin (Jason Ritter) rocked the whole family.

On the happier side, younger son Luke (Michael Welch) has managed to keep romance alive with politically active classmate Grace (Becky Wahlstrom), who has struggled with her own Jewish faith.

"I've heard everything from it's too dark to it's not dark enough," Hall says. "When you hear all the conflicting complaints, you tend not to take them too seriously."

While some shows dealing with God, such as "Highway to Heaven" or "Touched by an Angel," have had a softer view of deity, that's not what Hall, a Roman Catholic, is interested in doing.

"I felt I did exactly what I wanted to do," she says, "which is show that our relationship with God is very complicated. It goes in and out of focus, it's frustrating, and we start to doubt it. The reason I did that season finale last year was, this is a girl who's seen and talked to God on a daily basis, and she still has a crisis of faith.

"I wanted to deal with God the way we all deal with God, not like we wish God was. That's a different show. God as Santa Claus is a different show. If you do a show like that, it's a lie. In hindsight, maybe people wanted the lie. Maybe they wanted God as Santa Claus, but that's not how I experience Him.

"It was just the show I wanted to do, and I'm just as surprised by success as I am lack of success. I put it out there, and I can't really control people's response to it."

Although Hall believes her chances of renewal are better than 50-50, she's resigned to the possibility that this could be it.

"Honestly, I get a lot of feedback from people who still are affected by the show," she says, "for whom it was really important. Also, we got to do two years of a show that wasn't a procedural, wasn't a reality show. It was really important for me to do a show where the theme isn't that people are worthless. That seems to be a lot of the theme of television this year.

"I wanted to do a show about the value of being human and the importance of free will, the possibilities of God. I think people will be surprised how much they'll miss 'Joan' if it goes, regardless of how dissatisfied they were with it."[/quote:d92175ba67]

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2005 11:22 am
I LOVED Joan of Arcadia and was disappointed there wasn't a discussion about it (I went looking) already.

I was devastated when they took it off and it never came back. There were some really good episodes coming up (I'm hopeless I looked up the spoilers)

Why is it that family orientated shows rate so badly?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2005 4:51 pm
*sigh* i liked this show too :(
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2005 8:35 am
and me [img:483f992380]http://www.tvaus.com.au/images/smiles/icon_sad.gif[/img:483f992380]

at least dvds will be/are going to be available. :)
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2005 3:25 pm
I just couldn't get over the fact that she was talking to God :roll: . Anyone got a match? hehe :lol: :lol:
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2005 2:40 pm
It's not just about her talking to God; it's the fact that God talked back... and she heard it. People talk to God all the time, but not many listen for his response.

Anyhoo... Sadly CBS has cancelled the show. :(

[quote:181392017b][b:181392017b]CBS Cancels Joan[/b:181392017b]

CBS canceled [i:181392017b]Joan of Arcadia[/i:181392017b] after a second season in which the previously hit series found itself struggling in the ratings, the Associated Press reported. But the network added two new supernatural dramas to its Friday-night schedule: Jennifer Love Hewitt's [i:181392017b]Ghost Whisperer[/i:181392017b] at 8 p.m. ET/PT, about a young wife who talks to dead people, and [i:181392017b]Threshold[/i:181392017b] at 9 p.m., about a team of experts called in when the Navy discovers aliens have landed in the Atlantic Ocean.

CBS made its announcements May 18 at its upfront presentation to advertisers in New York, the AP reported.[/quote:181392017b] From [url=http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire2005/]Sci Fi Wire[/url].
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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2005 9:07 pm
Yeah, read the news... very sad news indeed! :cry: Knowing this, Nine will never show the rest of the episodes more than likely! :cry: :cry:
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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2005 9:09 pm
I think that the show could only go too far. I remember some of those eps and one thing stood out:
The characters are not very nice people. Joan was a rude, surly teenager. The brother moaned on and on about his injury (get over it!), plus everyone was always sad in every single episode. Depressing!!
That said, I'd like to see it on again. :P
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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2005 9:11 pm
Any show could only go on so far, but Joan had a lot of potential. And from everything I heard about the finale of Season 2 it's going to be an odd ending! :cry:
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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2005 9:16 pm
With shows like this, I always want the parents to find out the truth at some point. Like at the end of Alex Mack. :D

I got the feeling that Joan's mother was close to finding out the truth about Joan's little secret. I also think the priest she always talks to is God.
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