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Joan of Arcadia was an American television family drama which aired on Fridays, 8-9 PM ET/PT on CBS from 2003 until 2005.
The show was a favorite with the critics and won the prestigious Humanitas Prize, the People's Choice Award, as well as being one of the only television shows to be nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Dramatic Series in its first season. The title is a word-play on Joan of Arc. The "Arcadia" of the title is the fictional city of Arcadia, Maryland.
Joan of Arcadia is about a girl, Joan Girardi (played by The Ring's Amber Tamblyn), who sees and speaks with God in the form of various people such as small children, teenage boys, elderly ladies, transients, passersby, etc. Joan is asked by God to perform tasks that often appear to be trivial or contrary, but the end result of which is always positive towards a larger situation.
The opening credits roll with the song "One of Us" by Joan Osborne, a number one single in the United States off her 1995 album Relish:
What if God was one of us?
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Trying to make his way home
It starred actors Joe Mantegna and Mary Steenburgen as Joan's parents, Jason Ritter (son of the late John Ritter) as her paraplegic older brother, and Michael Welch as her younger brother.
While the show was one of the highest rated new shows of the 2003-2004 TV season, its ratings declined in its sophomore year in spite of continued critical acclaim. The show was cancelled by CBS on May 18, 2005. Reruns of the 2nd season will still be shown during the summer of 2005.
Several online fan sites were created in response, in an effort to have the show reinstated. While in its first season it had a wide variety of fans demographically, its controversial cancellation, along with other similar moves in the media, such as cancellations of American Dreams and Judging Amy, produced an outcry from many older Americans who feel that their entertainment tastes and demands are being completely ignored. Many fans believe that the network meddled with the show in the second season in an attempt to attract younger viewers, but only succeeded in alienating some of its audience. They also question the decision to air it on Friday evenings when the desired demographic segment is smaller than on other nights.
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|Last Airing||Nov 30, -0001|
|Format/Time||Color / 60 Minutes|
|Upcoming Airs||Not currently airing|
Adam Rove (as Christopher Marquette) (2003-2005)
Mark Totty.... Det. Carlisle (17 episodes)
Aaron Himelstein.... Friedman (33 episodes)
Patrick Fabian.... Gavin Price (15 episodes)
Mageina Tovah.... Glynis Figliola (23 episodes)
Becky Wahlstrom.... Grace Polk (2003-2005)
Mary Steenburgen.... Helen Girardi
Amber Tamblyn.... Joan Girardi
Sprague Grayden.... Judith Montgomery (2003)
Jason Ritter.... Kevin Girardi
Annie Potts.... Lucy Preston
Michael Welch (I).... Luke Girardi
Elaine Hendrix.... Ms. Lischak (17 episodes)
Joe Mantegna.... Will Girardi
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